HPCI Member update 3 July 2023

The main purpose of this update is to remind members that the Ofsted / CQC surveys are closing at 9AM on Tuesday 4 July.  More details are below, along with some other updates about:

  • Opportunity for young people (aged 12+) to join the ICB youth council
  • Healthwatch Herts survey on autistic people’s GP experiences
  • Department for Education: Call for Evidence on Improving Support for Children Missing Education
  • Events: a Local Offer webinar and NHS Childhood Neurodiversity Parent/Carer Workshops

Local Area SEND inspection You may be aware that Hertfordshire is currently having its local area SEND inspection.  If you want to find out more about what this, please have a look at last week’s update. There is still a chance to feed in your views about Herts services for children and young people with SEND and I would really encourage you to do so.  Young people aged 11-15 can also give their views – both surveys are open until 9 AM on Tuesday 4 July and can be found here. If you wanted to give your opinions directly to the inspectors, please drop me an email to let me know.  They have asked HPCI to hold a list of interested families and once they have a sense of how many families want to have a direct conversation, they will then take a decision about how they will manage this. They have also asked me, however, to let families know that the survey is the best way to ensure that your views are collected and read. As your parent carer forum, HPCI will be meeting remotely with the inspectors later this week and we will be drawing on what you told us in last year’s annual HPCI survey, as well as all the other ways we get feedback from families, to inform our discussion and share your views and experiences.  Thanks very much to everyone who has shared their views so far and encouraged others to do so. Opportunity for young people (aged 12+) to join the ICB youth council The Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board (an important part of the NHS who make local funding decisions) are setting up a youth council.  For more information see the poster at the end of this email or email hweicbenh.cypteam@nhs.net Healthwatch Herts survey about autistic people’s experience at the GP Healthwatch Herts are looking to find out from autistic people about what their GP practice is doing well and where it could improve – they’ve created a survey to gather this information. Department for Education have launched a Call for Evidence on Improving Support for Children Missing Education. The Department for Education is seeking evidence to improve the way children missing education are identified and supported.  The National Network of Parent Carer Forums (NNPCF) will be submitting views, but parents and carers of affected children might also want to give their opinions.  The call for evidence will be open until 20th July and can be accessed here.  Events Webinar: Welcome to the Local Offer (5 July 7:30 – 8:30PM)If you want to find out more about the Hertfordshire Local Offer website (what it covers and how to find your way round it), you can click here to join the meeting. NHS Childhood Neurodiversity Parent/Carer Workshops (various dates)These are open to families across the country and more details are available here.  I hope you’ve found this update helpful.  If you have any questions or feedback, these are always welcome – please email contact@hertsparentcarers.org.uk.