Agenda item

Needs Led Neurodevelopmental Pathway

Presentation by Head of Commissioning and Strategy for Children, Young People and Maternity, NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group


The Head of Commissioning, Strategy and Delivery – Children and Young People, NHS Tees Valley Clinical Commissioning Group gave a presentation updating the Board on the Needs Led Neurodevelopmental Pathway.


Details were provided of the reasons for the changes to the pathway; the outcome of the parent carer consultation which was undertaken to understand the issues and complexities with the Autism diagnostic process; and a multi-agency partnership was established to look at the issues and determine a way forward.


It was reported that a family support service had been created and was due to go live in December 2021; a Darlington needs led neurodevelopmental website had been developed; details were provided of key areas of investment to improve diagnostic services; and the changes that families would to see to services were outlined.


Reference was made to the Darlington Bubble of Support and services which were included in this bubble; the pathway flow chart; and the current position of the new pathway, which was already having a positive impact on the length of time families were waiting for decisions regarding the need for a diagnostic assessment. Reference was also made to the National Autism Strategy which had recently been published and the actions being taken to ensure that work encompasses this strategy were outlined; and details were provided of the next steps.


Concern was raised regarding the lack of communication in respect the work being undertaken in Darlington to improve the Autism diagnostic process; and that an update should be provided to the recently established Cross Party Autism Working Group.


RESOLVED That the thanks of the Board be conveyed to the Head of Commissioning, Strategy and Delivery – Children and Young People for her informative presentation.


REASON – To convey the views of the Board.

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