Posted: Friday 17th November 2017
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said:
“We share the families’ disappointment that the Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) made their decision to withdraw funding from May 2018. The children having services at Nascot Lawn had been assessed by providers commissioned by HVCCG as requiring a health provision. It is now important that HVCCG works with us to plan the most appropriate support for these children with complex health needs going forward.
“We will continue to work with both CCGs and Hertfordshire Community Trust to plan an integrated health and social care short breaks service and our top priority is to work with the families to ensure their children will continue to have access to a suitable and safe provision for their specific circumstances.
“The county council is fully aware of its responsibility for delivering overnight short breaks and have always met these responsibilities. The County Council runs three short breaks centres in Hertfordshire. However, these facilities are not currently adequate for short breaks for some of the children using Nascot Lawn because of their complex medical needs. To address this we are investing in making adaptations to the buildings to ensure suitability. HVCCG has the responsibility for meeting health needs of the children and part of this responsibility will be to ensure training and support of staff in these short break units to meet complex health needs.
“We would like to reassure the families that we will do whatever practicable to give their children the respite care they need.”