Update on Speech and Language Therapy Service from Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Some temporary changes were made to speech and language therapy services for school age children in Bucks schools during the second half of the summer term which had a short-term impact on initial references into the service. We said at the time that these would only be temporary and over the summer we have been working together to find a way forward.
We all want the best outcomes for children and young people with SEND. So, a revised offer for schools is being implemented by the Speech and Language Service this term. Details have been circulated to all schools. Changes for this term include updated referral criteria and clearer guidance for schools on making a referral. New online tools called Speech Link and Language Link are also being piloted in Reception and Key Stage 1. These will help schools to identify speech and language needs at the earliest opportunity and will provide resources for schools themselves to use with pupils. The Speech & Language Service will always provide any essential therapy identified by this process or within an EHCP.
Following the launch of the Council’s new Family Support Service in September, the speech and language support will continue to be delivered across the new Family Support Centres, as part of an integrated early help offer for families.
However, it is a good time to reflect on how we ensure this service is as effective and integrated as possible. So, starting in October 2019, the Council and Therapies Service will be holding a number of workshops for parents and other interested parties. We want the people who rely on these services to help shape them, whilst making sure they target those with the greatest need. Further details of these workshops and how to participate will be available soon via FACT Bucks and SENDIAS.
For further information on the Speech and Language Service please visit: http://slt.buckshealth.link/referral-criteria-and-guidance/