Summary of the NHS Long-Term Plan and what it means for vulnerable children and young people:
“We read the NHS Long-Term Plan keenly and, after browsing the 100-odd pages, felt enthusiastic about the NHS’s vision for supporting the most vulnerable children and young people. Overall, the notion of staff “working differently” resonates well with us and the shift from crisis-support to a more preventative, community-based approach aligns well with the ethos we have long advocated.
We share the aim to enable children and young people with learning disabilities and autism to live “happier, healthier, longer lives” and we agree that this can only be achieved by offering a more child-centred provision. However, we acknowledge that NHS staff often lack the confidence and skills to communicate with and support their most vulnerable patients and so we welcome the vision that NHS staff will be empowered with specialist training.
We are also excited that the Plan has acknowledged the vital role that local groups and social enterprises play in “filling the gap in support” and welcome the opportunity to use innovative approaches to tackle the tragic physical and mental health inequalities experienced by this population.
As we all do, we hope that the new NHS Long-Term Plan enables the NHS to provide the best possible support to children, young people and their families when they need it most”.
Communicate 2U is a not-for-profit organisation, aiming to reduce the tragic inequalities suffered by people with a learning disability, autism or other condition. We use an innovative approach; using creative media – such as drama, music and art – to enable our most vulnerable people to become experts in their own communication styles and support needs. For the past 7 years, we have supported our “Communication Experts” to teach thousands of staff across health and social care, education and business how to communicate and support their most vulnerable service users.
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