An all age disability service for Kirklees

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Summary of report content

Kirklees Council are considering developing an All Age Disability Service (a working title). The aim would be to reshape teams that currently work with children and adults with a disability to become an all age disability service – one that maximises the independence of children and young people in preparation for adult life and enables a seamless experience for disabled users in Kirklees. Healthwatch Kirklees have discussed this idea with people with a disability and their parents/carers and the following themes emerged: People feel almost all the care, support and services mentioned in the engagement process are important to them. Some people feel that having an integrated, All Age Disability Service in Kirklees will be a positive step which should alleviate difficulties at times such as transition from children’s to adult’s disability services. There is some concern about the idea of having an All Age Disability Service; some people feel the integration of services is a cost cutting exercise and are fearful of either adult’s services or children and young people’s services losing funding. People want to have a very clear idea of how an All Age Disability Service would impact them – what will change, what will stay the same, what will there be less/more of? Many people value the support they access at community-based settings, but some spoke more negatively about the help and advice they have received from statutory organisations. People would like good quality support which is accessible to all and is flexible and responsive to the needs of people with a disability and their parents/carers.

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General details

Report title 
An all age disability service for Kirklees
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Kirklees
Date of publication 
Monday, 1 February, 2016
Date evidence capture began 
Monday, 1 February, 2016
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 1 February, 2016
Type of report 
Enter and view
Key themes 
Information providing
Public involvement
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation? 
What type of organisation requested the work 
Local Council
Primary research method used 
Structured interview
How was the information collected? 
If an Enter and View methodology was applied, was the visit announced or unannounced? 

Details of health and care services included in the report

Community services 

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
Not known
Not known
Not known
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Types of health and care professionals engaged 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
What type of impact was determined? 
Implied Impact

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.