NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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Children's NHS funded short breaks

Please note that this consultation is now closed.

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Read the Consultation Document

Read the Equality Impact Assessments


We are looking to make changes to children’s NHS short breaks services (also known as respite care) for children with complex health needs.

We want to make sure that these NHS–funded short breaks are:

  • Fair for families
  • Easy to access for families
  • Flexible for families

What we want to change

We would like to hear your views about our plans to:

Introduce a single assessment process
We are proposing to create a single assessment process for NHS short breaks services that links with Children’s Continuing Care and the city council’s assessment processes for short breaks.

Introduce a new system for allocating short breaks
We are proposing to introduce a banding system so that there is a clear and fair approach for allocating short breaks services. This would provide a framework for different levels of care according to the different health needs of each child and the needs of their families or carers.

Change the way short breaks are provided in the future
To make sure families have a more personalised and flexible service, we have looked at a number of different ways we could provide short breaks services. These included:

  • Model 1: Continuing with the bed-based and home-based services we have now
  • Model 2: All short breaks provided through Personal Health Budgets
  • Model 3: Developing a new bed-based service with Sheffield Council
  • Model 4: A mixed model with a range of provision including bed-based, home-based and Personal Health Budgets

We assessed these models against a set of important principles for improving short breaks and as a result we have recommended model 4 – but we need to hear your views about this and all the other models, as well as any other questions, concerns or suggestions you might have.

Consultation document

For more information you can read the consultation document here.

Tell us what you think

It is really important that we hear from people, particularly those who use the service now and who might use the service in the future. So please let us know your experiences, concerns and ideas.

Thank you to everybody who had their say.

The consultation ran from 14 February - 28 March 2018


NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group

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