Posted: Tuesday 18th July 2017
At Full Council today, the planned closure of Nascot Lawn Respite Care Service was discussed.
Teresa Heritage, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, provided the below update.
She said: “We fully appreciate this is an extremely anxious time for families and are working closely with partners, staff and parents to minimise the impact of this decision.
“We are disappointed that Herts Valleys CCG has decided to cease their funding contribution to short breaks services which means we will not be able to move forward with integrated health and social care provision we had been working together to achieve. We have taken legal guidance and it is clear from this that there is a shared duty to meet the support needs of disabled children and their families on both the county council and HVCCG, depending on the identified need.
“We are in contact with all families to undertake joint assessments with Herts Valley and East & North Herts CCGs to ensure a full understanding of children’s health and social care needs. We are also hoping to work with representatives of the families affected to consider a range of options for support. The county will extend the commissioning of Nascot Lawn services, hopefully in partnership with HVCCG, past 31 October and with funds taken from contingencies, until such time as suitable alternative provision is secured for these families and their children.”