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Funding boost for children's neuro services

Services for children and young people in Suffolk with neuro-developmental challenges and or difficulties are to receive a funding boost.

Health commissioners recently agreed to provide an additional £700,000 per year to help youngsters struggling with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

The money will be used to complement the services that already exist to support children and young people with what are sometimes called neuro-developmental disorders (NDDs) and their families, and will focus on prevention, support and intervention.

Garry Joyce, Associate Director of Transformation (Children and Young People) for the Suffolk & North East Essex Integrated Care System, said: “Demand for NDD services has risen over recent years and the extra funding aims to alleviate the shortfall in capacity that has arisen.

“NDDs are a group of disorders that affect the development of the brain and nervous system which can impact emotions, learning ability, self-control and memory.

“Children and young people with NDDs can experience lifelong difficulties with language and speech, motor skills, behaviour, memory, learning and other neurological functions.

“NDDs are also associated with widely varying issues that may have significant mental, emotional, physical and economic consequences for individuals, their families and society in general.

“This additional funding will enable us to provide more bespoke services for some of the most vulnerable youngsters in our local population.”

After a rigorous tendering process that saw presentations given to parents and professionals alike, several different organisations have been commissioned to provide additional NDD services.

The Children’s Charity Barnardo’s has also recently joined the partnership within Suffolk and will be receiving referrals for the neuro-development pathway to co-ordinate and guide families to the support they may need.

Barnardo’s will also keep in touch with families to ensure that their needs are being met and to receive feedback about the support provided.

Tina Douglas, Barnardo’s Assistant Director, said: “We are looking forward to working with families in Suffolk and ensuring they have access to the most appropriate support as quickly and efficiently as possible.

“Obtaining feedback from families will also mean we can ensure we are delivering a robust service which meets their needs and ultimately supports them with positive changes in their family lives.”

To receive a copy of the referral form please contact Barnardo’s via NDDAdmin@barnardos.org.uk.

We will be releasing further communication regarding the detail of the pathway in the coming weeks but for additional information please visit https://infolink.suffolk.gov.uk/kb5/suffolk/infolink/advice.page?id=vuyrPmzW-Tw  in the meantime.

If you have any queries regarding aspects of the new pathway, please contact Project Manager Cassie Ketley via cassie.ketley@suffolk.nhs.uk.

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