After a letter was sent to parents of pupils in Special Schools in April outlining a lack of Speech Therapy services to these schools, BBPCF raised the issue with Bedford Borough Council (BBC) and Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (BCCG). At that point they were unaware of the situation so the information we gave them helped them to work with the service to ensure that a solution was found. There is apparently a national shortage of Speech & Language Therapists and the knowledge and skills required to work in our special schools needs a highly specialised Speech Therapist.
The good news is that recruitment to the vacant posts has been successful and there should be a full service by the end of September, with a locum to cover until the new staff are fully in place.
There is currently a review looking at the Speech, Language and Communication Service. The intention is to identify what the service needs to look like in order to meet the needs of children & young people in Bedfordshire. Because the service is commissioned by BCCG and covers all of Bedfordshire, we are joining up with SNAP (Central Beds Parent Carer Forum) and Central Beds Council. Parent carers and those that use the service often know what needs to change to make it better, so…
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