The Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System

The Birmingham and Solihull Integrated Care System (ICS) enables integration across agencies, sharing of good practice across Birmingham and Solihull with more joined up work and shared responsibility to achieve positive health and wellbeing outcomes.

How does the ICS support children and young people with special educational needs?

SEND is a statutory priority within the ICB Integrated Care Board in Birmingham and Solihull and there is an Executive Lead responsible and accountable for the statutory responsibilities for health around SEND.

Special educational needs and disabilities – NHS Birmingham and Solihull

A team of Designated Medical Officers (DMOs) and Designated Clinical Officers (DCOs) for SEND are funded by NHS Birmingham and Solihull to support all health partners and link with Birmingham City Council in order to implement the NHS requirements of the SEND Code of Practice (under the Children’s and Families Act 2014). The DCO/DMO team act on behalf of the Integrated Commissioning Board and have a key role as clinical leads in ensuring that there is understanding of and adherence to legal SEND processes with local health providers of services as well as support improvements in SEND transformation from a health point of view.

What does the ICS mean for children and families with SEND?

Some families live on the border between Solihull and Birmingham and can experience difficulties accessing health services because they can be slightly different depending on the area. The CCG has worked with parents, carers, and health partners across Birmingham and Solihull to develop principles to apply in these situations as a move towards a more borderless system.

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