Children’s Therapies in Bucks

Update on Children’s Therapies – Physiotherapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy

Last year Bucks CCGs and Buckinghamshire County Council, working with Families and Parents Together (FACT) Bucks, asked parents, carers, young people and professionals about the current services.  In response to the feedback, changes will be made to the services so that they will be:

  • Integrated – The three services will be joined together to enable better communication and more focus on the child or young person.
  • Online – The new services will offer technology, such as online videos and apps, with families who would find it helpful.
  • Supportive – Parents will receive improved communication and will be shown how they can help their child’s progress.  Therapists will also coach teaching staff on how to provide support.
  • Efficient – There will be one IT system for all 3 services so that all therapists are up to date about a child or young person’s history and needs.

It’s important to note that the budgets for these services are not being cut and that the aim of bringing the services together is to improve quality a better quality of service.

Currently the speech and language therapy is provided by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, and Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.  To enable these improvements and join the services together, all of the services will be provided by Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.  Both Trusts will be working closely together to ensure that the changes are made as smoothly as possible, that there is focus on continuity and that users of the services are not inconvenienced.

Download the Children’s Therapies – Future Service Leaflet.

If you have any questions about this please contact – Buckinghamshire Family Information Service on 01296 383065 or email letstalkhealthbucks@nhs.net