Documents

Autism hospital passport

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This resource published by the National Autistic Society aims to help people with autism who might need hospital treatment to communicate their needs to doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals. Read more »

Diverse perspectives

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This report published by the National Autistic Society explores the challenges for families affected by autism from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities in England. Read more »

Factsheet on Children and Families Act and The Care Act

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This factsheet identifies the key elements in forthcoming policy changes that relate to the lives of young people with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and preparing for adulthood. Read more »

From the pond into the sea: Children’s transition to adult health services

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This report published by the Care Quality Commission presents findings from a recent review into children’s transition to adult health services. Finding shows that young people with complex health needs do not always receive the necessary care and support when they move on to adult care services. Read more »

It involves us

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This guidance produced by the National Autistic Society aimes to help local authorities better involve people with autism in their local planning and implementation. Read more »

Developing effective holistic services for young people

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This briefing published by Youth Access provides guidance for health and local authority commissioners on how to develop joined-up services for young people in transition that can provide co-ordinated support on health, mental health, social welfare, personal and practical issues. Read more »

SINePost e-bulletin, July 2014

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This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on the Latest Population estimates, Economic Factsheets , Well-being Map Explorer and University take-up. Read more »

Somerset joint strategy for mental health and emotional wellbeing

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Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust and Somerset County Council are now rewriting the strategy to reflect the feedback received during the recent consultation process. Download a summary of the key themes which emerged from the public consultation. Read more »

How to.. promote mental wellbeing in youth work practice

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This ‘How to’ guide published by the Mental Health Foundation is aimed at youth organisations working with young people, to help to embed mental wellbeing improvement practices within the organisations. Read more »

Early Help Commissioning Strategy 2015-18

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This strategy outlines a vision for the effective provision of integrated early help services across Somerset, supporting families with children aged between 0-19. Read more »

Joining up the commissioning of young people’s services

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This briefing published by Youth Access provides guidance for health and local authority commissioners on how to join up the commissioning of young people’s services across health, social care, housing and youth services. Read more »

Protocol for the assessment and diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorders in Somerset

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This protocol aims to ensure consistency of assessment and diagnosis across Somerset in line with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines. Read more »

Care Bill factsheets

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The Department of Health has published a range of factsheets will help professionals to better support people to get the care and support they need, following the changes introduced by the Care Bill, published in 2013. Read more »

SINePost e-bulletin, May 2014

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This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment summary report 2013/14, new data on levels of personal debt, and the Opinions and Lifestyle Survey: Illness and Disability. Read more »

Somerset: Our County – JSNA Summary 2013-14

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This publication provides a summary of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, and includes topical facts and figures and overview of the key issues currently facing Somerset and the longer term priorities agreed by the Health and Wellbeing Board. Read more »

Adult safeguarding for housing staff

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This guidance published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence aims to improve communication and joint working between housing staff and their safeguarding partners, particularly local authority social care staff with safeguarding responsibilities. Read more »

How safe are our children? 2014

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This report published by the NSPCC sets out 20 different indicators which explore the question of ‘how safe are our children?’ from a different perspective. It also includes a section summarising the factors that influence a child’s risk of abuse or neglect. Read more »

Think Autism – adult autism strategy

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The new autism strategy ‘Think Autism’ sets out a clear programme that government departments will be taking to improve the lives of people with autism, primarily through taking actions that will support local authorities, the NHS, other public services and their partners with their local implementation work. Read more »

SINePost e-bulletin, April 2014

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This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on Child Health Profiles, Distance Travelled to Work data, Child Benefit Opt-Out and Climate. Read more »

Mental Capacity Act 2005: post-legislative scrutiny

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This report published by a House of Lords Committee highlights that the Mental Capacity Act 2005 is not widely implemented and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards are not fit for purpose. Read more »

SINePost e-bulletin, March 2014

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This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on Teenage Pregnancy, Local Tobacco Profiles, the Value of Tourism and Rough Sleeping. Read more »

Ruled Out

This report published by Ambitious About Autism provides findings of a survey into autistic children’s access to education. Read more »

Parity of esteem: transformative ideas for commissioners

This discussion paper, published by NHS England, outlines how Clinical Commissioning Groups can achieve parity of esteem between physical and mental health by allocating their resources differently. Read more »

Autism: how anxiety affects everything

In this presentation, originally given at the Autism and Education Conference, 12th December 2013, Sarah Hendrickx discusses Autism and how anxiety affects everything. Read more »

SINePost e-bulletin, February 2014

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This month’s e-bulletin from Somerset Intelligence team at Somerset County Council includes features on Free School Meal take-up, Childhood Obesity and the Active People Survey. Read more »

Physical Health Check e-learning package

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This free and easy to use training package, published by Rethink Mental Illness, aims to give health professionals the confidence to address the physical health of people affected by mental illness. Read more »

Physical health guide for carers

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This guide published by Rethink Mental Illness is designed to help carers, families and friends to get better physical healthcare for the person they support. Read more »

Setting 5-year ambitions for improving outcomes

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This ‘how-to’ guide’ aims to support local commissioners to develop 5-year strategic plans for delivering the outcomes and ambitions set out in the Everyone Counts planning guidance. Read more »

Everyone Counts: Planning for Patients 2014/15 to 2018/19

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This planning guidance published by NHS England outlines a framework within which commissioners will need to work with providers and partners in local government to develop strong, robust and ambitious five year plans to secure the continuity of sustainable high quality care for all. Read more »