Speech and Language Disorders: Children

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 20th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Shinkwin Lord Shinkwin Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation in the report by I CAN and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, Bercow: Ten Years On, published 20 March, that local authorities should include the evidence in the report in their Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and in their contribution to Integrated Care Systems.

Photo of Lord O'Shaughnessy Lord O'Shaughnessy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

As set out in the statutory guidance on Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategies, local authorities and clinical commissioning groups should draw on a range of quantitative and qualitative evidence of local need and of health inequalities, in undertaking their assessments and agreeing their strategies. The report Bercow: Ten Years On provides valuable evidence of the importance of commissioners understanding local communication needs, and working together with providers and patients to ensure needs are met.

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