NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) are looking to make changes to children’s NHS short breaks or respite care for children with complex and life-limiting conditions.

We want to make sure that NHS–funded short breaks services for children with complex health needs are:
  • Fair for families
  • Easy to access for families
  • Flexible for families
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. 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. 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 want to hear your views about this.
For more information you can read the consultation document on our website here www.sheffieldccg.nhs.uk/get-involved/childrens-short-breaks.htm.

It is really important that we hear from people who use the service now and who might use the service in the future - let us know your experiences, concerns and ideas.
This survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for taking the time to fill it in.

* 1. What do you think about the reasons we’ve given for why we need to make changes (in section 4 of the consultation document)?

* 2. Do you think having a single assessment process for NHS short breaks services will make it simpler for you to get the support you need? (Information on page 8 of the consultation document)

* 3. Are there any particular factors you think we should take into account if we develop a joined up process with Children’s Continuing Care and Sheffield City Council for short breaks?  (Information on page 8 of the consultation document)

* 4. Do you think introducing an allocation banding guideline for allocating short breaks would help make this clearer and fairer for all families?  (Information on page 9 & 10 of the consultation document)

* 5. What do you think about the proposed banding system we have suggested on page 10 of the consultation document? Are there any changes you feel should be made to it if we adopt this approach for allocating short breaks?

* 6. Do you think the recommended service model will give families more choice and flexibility?  (Information on page 12 of the consultation document)

* 7. Do you think one of the alternate models we looked at would be better than the one we have recommended?  (Information on page 11 of the consultation document)

* 8. Is there anything about the proposals that you feel would have a more positive or negative effect on you, and if so why?

* 9. We are really keen to hear what you think about our proposals and how they will affect you so please use the space below for any other comments, concerns or ideas about the changes being proposed you may have:

* 10. Please tell us if you are: