A guide for health professionals on the support system for children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND)

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This guide is for:

  • clinical commissioning groups
  • health professionals
  • local authorities

It explains the duties and responsibilities of health professionals who deal with children and young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their families.

This guide should be read alongside the ‘Special education needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25’.

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Read the full overview here

Read the full report here



With March marking a year since the first wave of vanguards were announced, a new animation (see below) and suite of factsheets shine a light on what the sites are up to and what’s in store for patients and communities across the country.

Launched on Thursday (25 February), the resources explain the aims and objectives of the country’s 50 health and care vanguards.

Aimed at health and care staff, patients and the public, the resources also showcase some of the innovative work happening across the country that’s making a difference to people’s lives.

The factsheets explore the five types of care models the vanguards fall under:

  • Acute care collaboration vanguard sites – linking local hospitals together to improve their clinical and financial viability.
  • Urgent and emergency care – new approaches to improve the coordination of services and reduce pressure on A&E departments.
  • Enhanced health in care homes – offering older people better, joined up health, care and rehabilitation services.
  • Multi-specialty community providers – moving specialist care out of hospitals into the community.
  • Integrated primary and acute care systems – joining up GP, hospital, community and mental health services.

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Find out more via NHS Confederation

Investing in prevention

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Public Health England’s chief economist has published the first in a series of four blogs looking at health economics and the case for investing in prevention initiatives.  The blog focuses on four key questions: does prevention save the health service money; are public health initiatives really providing the best value for money; and how can we better incentivise local authorities, NHS commissioners and health care providers to invest more in prevention and early intervention.

CCG improvement and assessment 2016/17

NHS England for 2016/17 will be introducing a new CCG Improvement and Assessment Framework to replace both the existing CCG assurance framework and CCG performance dashboard. This new framework will align with NHS England’s Mandate and planning process. This new approach aims to reach beyond CCGs, enabling local health systems and  communities to assess their own progress.

Pharma companies banned from sponsoring CCG’s events


  • South Warwickshire CCG leaders will no longer allow drug companies to sponsor its events
  • Change driven by recent media reports and staff concerns that pharma representatives at events had “little benefit”

This follows concerns that their involvement could be perceived as an attempt to influence commissioning decisions.

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Drug companies had sponsored CCG training events

CCG leaders said while drug companies had no influence on any of its decision making, there was a risk of “perceived influence”.

The group’s executive team changed its policy after clinicians said the presence of drug company representatives at meetings or education and training events was of “little benefit to the CCG”.

Since April 2015 14 pharmaceutical companies have provided £3,500 of sponsorship to six events run by the CCG, according to the organisation’s hospitality register. Sponsors have included GlaxoSmithKline, Bayer and Merck.

View the full article via HSJ