Health and wellbeing
Devon County Council and the NHS work together to improve the health of people in Devon and make sure everyone across the county has equal access to health services. The way that different providers work together to offer services in Devon can seem complex, but it shouldn’t be complicated for families. Health professionals who work with you can advise you where to get the help you need, when you need it. If you can’t find what you’re looking for on these pages, visit NHS Choices for reliable health information and guidance on all aspects of health and healthcare.
- Personal Health Budgets
Who can have one?
If you are under 18 and meet children’s continuing healthcare criteria, you can request a personal health budget for appropriate elements of your healthcare. Instead of the CCG purchasing a service, funding will be made directly available through your parents.
If you are over 18 and you have a disability or complex medical problem, you might qualify for free NHS continuing healthcare (CHC); the eligibility criteria are different so you will need a different assessment.
What’s it for?
The aim of a personal health budget is that children, young people and their parents or carers will have greater choice, flexibility and control over the healthcare they receive. The purpose of the personal health budget is to build upon all the other support available through services already bought by our CCG, to achieve a set of outcomes agreed within the child or young person’s education health and care plan.
How do I get one?
If you think you may be eligible for a personal health budget, you can discuss this with someone who already provides your healthcare, such as a nurse or physiotherapist.
You can also contact
- South Devon and Torbay CCG on 01803 652 500 and ask to speak to the joint commissioning team
- NEW Devon CCG on 01392 205 205 and ask to speak to the joint commissioning team
More information on personal health budgets can be found on the NHS website or on your local CCG’s website:
- Transition to Adult Services
If you have long-term healthcare needs, healthcare professionals will start thinking about your transition to adults’ services from about the age of 14.
The Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) and Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust use the ‘Ready, Steady, Go, Hello’ pathway to prepare you for this change, between the ages of 14-18. Discussions will cover what will stay the same and what will be different and you will talk about you, your worries and concerns about your healthcare. This should join up with the discussions other services may also have about transition, for example, as part of your continued EHCP. For more information about transition, you should speak to the healthcare professionals already involved in your care.
- Health Checks
Soon you will be under the care of adult services. It is very important that you look after your health.
Young people between the ages of 14 and 17 who have a learning disability are eligible for an annual health check. This is an important opportunity to discuss both their physical and mental health with their GP and build relationships to help ensure their future good health. Please read this letter for more information about annual health checks for young people with a learning disability.
People with learning disabilities are ten times more likely to have a significant sight problem so you should get your eyes checked regularly.
Please read this leaflet for information about getting your eyes checked.
- What is a Clinical Commissioning Group?
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are the NHS organisations responsible for buying and developing health services for local patients, and their membership is made up of all local GP practices. CCGs do not directly provide services. We work closely with our local councils and Public Health teams to understand the needs of our population, what services are most valuable in meeting those needs, what we can do to make health services more effective and accessible, and to identify the gaps in services.
We buy a number of key services from local providers, such as speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and children’s community nursing, and we aim to make the best use of the resources and public money available to support children and young people. The main providers of health services for children and young people in the area are NHS Foundation Trusts, Community Hospitals and Virgin Care Limited. Devon County Council offers all our providers the opportunity to place an entry on Pinpoint Devon to describe what they offer.
CCGs also buy services for a small number of children and young people on an individual basis. This is when their care needs meet continuing healthcare criteria or they have a clinically-identified health need that cannot be met by the services already in our area or provided by another organisation. An example of what we might buy for an individual would be specialist nursing support, which is required in the home.
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