Integrated Speech and Language Services Tender

Integrated Speech and Language Services Tender

Integrated services for children aged 0-7 years and their families in Halton, delivered from the ante-natal period onwards, offering universal/preventative, targeted and specialist elements of service provision.

Halton Borough Council
INTEGRATED SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICES: EARLY YEARS (0-7 YEARS) SERVICE AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS SERVICE
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INTEGRATED SPEECH AND LANGUAGE THERAPY SERVICES:  EARLY YEARS (0-7 YEARS) SERVICE AND SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS SERVICE

Halton Borough Council is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for appropriately qualified providers to deliver a Service that will support the achievement of Halton Children’s Trust priorities:§  ‘Improve outcomes for children and young people through embedding integrated processes to deliver early help and support’;

§  ‘Improve outcomes for our most vulnerable children and young people by targeting services effectively’.

As part of this aim, the service will directly support the achievement of the following overarching performance indicators:

§  Children and young people are physically, emotionally and sexually healthy;  

§  Every young person is successful when they leave school;

§  Children and young people do well, wherever they live, and whatever their needs.

 

The Service will deliver Speech and Language Therapy provision across two specific service areas, as detailed below:

 


    1. Integrated services for children aged 0-7 years and their families in Halton, delivered from the ante-natal period onwards, offering universal/preventative, targeted and specialist elements of service provision;

 


    1. Integrated services for school-age children and young people who have or may develop identified speech, language and communication needs, including where indicated through statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) in the classroom or through SEN Tribunal Service or SEN Ombudsman.  Delivery will offer universal, targeted and specialist elements of service provision.

 

The Service will ensure that the two specific service areas function as integrated provision.  An effective transition process will be implemented between the two service areas where appropriate, to ensure that children, young people and their families experience seamless support and service provision.

 

The aims of the Early Years (0-7 years) Service are to:

 


    1. maximise children’s communication skills by enhancing the communication skills of the adults in the child’s everyday environment, primarily through the delivery of training, partnership working and the provision of a range of 1:1 and group interventions to children and their families.  Delivery of 1:1 and group interventions will include targeted and specialist level provision where appropriate in order to meet the identified needs of individual children and their families;
    1. ensure a whole system approach to the speech and language development of all children via the integration and embedding of the work of the Service across multi-agency teams.

 

The aims of the SEN Service are to:

 


    1. maximise school-age children and young people’s communication skills and attainment in education settings through the provision of training to practitioners within these settings.  By enhancing the capacity of practitioners to deal effectively with children and young people already presenting with communication difficulties or at risk of doing so, the Service will enable more children and young people to be successfully supported in local mainstream schools and impact positively upon their educational attainment and social and emotional wellbeing;
    1. deliver direct interventions to children and young people, prioritising where indicated through SEN tribunal or statements of SEN;
    1. Provide specialist witness representation, on behalf of the local authority, at SENDIST (Special Education Needs and Disability Tribunal) where appropriate.

The Service will utilise a model that adheres closely to the recommendations from the national 2008 Bercow Report (Services for Children and Young People with Speech, Language and Communication Needs).  Service delivery will be via a continuum of provision encompassing universal, targeted and specialist levels of need and focused upon enhancing the development of skilled practitioners in a multi-agency context and joint planning and accountability.

 

The requirement is for a single organisation to deliver the service.

Halton Borough Council is committed to providing high quality provision for our diverse community and we invite groups from all sectors to help us achieve our Halton Children’s Trust priorities.

It is proposed the contract will start on 1st April 2013.

The maximum budget available for this contract is £250,000 per annum.  However, in the current economic climate, the Council is looking reduce costs.  The contract will be for 12 months with the option of a further 12 months at the discretion of the Council.

The closing date for questions is 3pm on Wednesday 6th February 2013.

 

The closing date for completed Mandatory Service Questionnaires and tender documentation is Wednesday 13th February 2013 at 3pm.

 

All queries and questions must be submitted via the Question and Answer facility on The Chest.

 

Contact:
Ms Alexandra Blackburn
Email Address:
alexandra.blackburn@halton.gov.uk
Telephone:
Address:
Kingsway House
Kingsway
Widnes
Cheshire
WA8 7EA
United Kingdom
Key Dates
01/04/2013
31/03/2014
23/01/2013 11:00
13/02/2013 15:00
Other Information
12 (months)
12 (months)
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