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Bid to improve disabled services

An action plan to improve services in Northamptonshire for disabled children and children with extra health needs has been drawn up after consultation.

Northamptonshire County Council and NHS Northamptonshire consulted local people last year to find out how parents and carers viewed services.

A draft strategy has now been published outlining key areas for future services and investment.

These include the need for better support services for families.

It is important we listen to the views of those who use these services and implement the changes they have proposed
Cabinet member for children and young people Joan Kirkbride

They also include a call to improve access to, and the scope of short-breaks, reducing waiting lists and providing fairer access to therapies and equipment.

Council cabinet member for children and young people Joan Kirkbride said: "I welcome this draft strategy and I'm pleased people have taken the time to give us their views.

"It is important we listen to the views of those who use these services and implement the changes they have proposed to ensure we improve the lives of disabled children and their families."

New funding from the government's Department for Children Schools and Families, which will be received in 2009 and 2010, will help the new improvements to be delivered, said the council.

Michelle Cannell, commissioning manager for disabled children, added: "It is fundamental that service users are at the heart of service planning and the draft commissioning strategy is evidence of this happening."

The consultation is on both the county council and NHS Northamptonshire's website and people can still give their feedback until 8 May.



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