NHS England and NHS Improvement have issued new guidance on restoring community health services for children and young people (CYP) during the second phase of Covid-19 response in England.
The accompanying letter clearly states: ‘It is important that children, young people and families receive the care and support they need as we move into this next phase.’
The guidance refers to many areas relevant to physiotherapy including palliative care, CYP with personal health budgets, safeguarding and wheelchair services.
Specifically, it states that community services for children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) must be prioritised for those with an Educational Health and Care Plan (EHCP) in place or in the process of assessment for one.
It should be noted that the temporary legislative changes relating to EHCPs in England remain in place.
The annex to the Covid-19 prioritisation within community health serviceshas been updated to support this and illustrates where paediatric services should be partially or fully restored over the coming period.
While some face-to-face consultations will occur, services will also continue to adopt virtual delivery where appropriate.
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