Health duty announcement

Written by Department for EducationDate 05 Mar 2013

healthduty_contentIn March 2013 Edward Timpson MP announced that a legal duty will be placed on Clinical Commissioning Groups to secure the health services that are specified in Education, Health and Care Plans (EHCPs).

Clinical commissioning groups are GPs who plan local health services. The new duty will mean that they will by law have to secure services in education, health and care plans for children and young adults. This will include specialist services like physiotherapy, and speech and language therapy.

At present councils have a legal duty to make sure that children and young adults with the most complex needs get the support they need to develop and become as independent as possible later in life. However, some parents have complained that health services can fall between the gaps.