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Share your views on Newcastle’s speech and language services

Parents and professionals alike will have a chance to have their say on the future of speech and language services for children and young people in Newcastle as part of an ongoing review.

The speech and language therapy services, provided by the NHS in partnership with Newcastle City Council, offers expert guidance to help children improve their communications skills.

The Council and NHS Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are reviewing services to develop a new model of delivery in line with the Bercow review recommendations and to manage the rising demand for the services. This is also a good opportunity to improve services for all children with communication difficulties.

Dr David Jones of NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG said: “Hundreds of local children rely on speech and language services every year, and this is a chance to look at the service we are providing and see if there are areas we can improve.

“Parents and families have valuable experience of using the service, and we’re keen to hear their comments and ideas for the future.”

The service, which supports children in their own home, school or nursery as well as in the RVI or specialist clinics, helps with areas like understanding or using spoken language, voice disorders and stammering.

Newcastle City Council and NHS Newcastle Gateshead CCG are planning to redesign the service between now and April 2016.

Bridget Atkins, Commissioner of Children’s Services at Newcastle City Council, said: “Our aim is to work with the people who use, refer into and deliver the service to highlight any areas we can improve, and design a new way of working.

“A more integrated service can bring real benefits in outcomes for children and young people as well as better value for money.”

The event, which is for anyone with an interest in speech and language services, takes place at the Discovery Museum, from 9.45am on Tuesday 28 April.

To book a place, please contact kirsty.williams@newcastle.gov.uk, or call 0191 211 5389.