Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Newcastle Gateshead Clinical Commisioning Group

Special educational needs and disabilities ( SEND)

The Special education needs and disability (SEND) code of practice: 0 to 25 years further sets out the duties of local authorities, health bodies, schools and colleges under part 3 of the Children and Families Act 2014.

This includes :

  • Commission services jointly for children and young people (up to age 25) with SEND, including those with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans
  • Work with the local authority to contribute to the ‘local offer’ of services available
  • Have mechanisms in place to ensure practitioners and clinicians will support the integrated EHC needs assessment process
  • Agree personal budgets where they are provided for those with EHC plans

Following the Newcastle local area SEND inspection in April/May this year, we have developed a plan of how we are responding to the findings.  This is the ‘written statement of action’ (WSoA), comprising actions we are taking as a local area.

The local area incorporates Newcastle City Council, Newcastle & Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group and wider partners/stakeholders across Newcastle.

Progress has already been made on many of the actions we have included, and as a local area we are committed to continuing improvement.

Newcastle City Council will be publishing updates as further developments take place. This information can be accessed through the council’s website here.

Newcastle local area written statement of action.

We have been working well with our colleagues in education to support the need of children young people and their families who need SEND support.  In December 2018 young people spent a day working with Health and Education to explain their need and wants and how to make things better – giving them a voice to change services and have their say.

Here is the overall feedback from that event:


Special Educational Needs and Disabilities in Newcastle – joint improvement plan

Newcastle’s local area inspection of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities took place in April 2018 and identified a number of areas where services need strengthening.  Newcastle City Council and the CCG were required to produce a joint improvement plan called a Written Statement of Action to address these issues.

Using this Statement, we are working closely with our education colleagues to engage with parents, carers and families, as well as children and young people, to ensure their voices are heard and captured as we work to improve services over the next 18 months.

The CCG and Council have jointly funded a new member of staff to engage with children, young people and families help them take part in discussions around the joint improvement plan on an equal basis.

To keep track of our progress with this work, please use these links to the Written Statement of Action, the Local Offer website, and the CCG’s own website.


Interview Process to Select A Successful Candidate

A joint recruitment process took place between Newcastle City Council and Newcastle Gateshead CCG.  As part of this recruitment process candidates were asked to work with a group of young people who gave up their morning to participate in the recruitment workshop.

Candidates were asked to plan a community café/community park/community festival with our volunteers to establish how well each candidate worked with the young people and collected feedback.  A scoring system was applied and the young people came to an agreement at the end of the workshops in terms of who they each rated the best for the role.

This information was used as part of the selection process as well as the applicants application form and interview.  The successful candidate when in post, was then able to go back to the group and inform them of the decision and how their feedback was integral to that decision being made.

Interview process report


Wingrove Primary School Children’s Champion and Sir Charles Parsons Event Planning

In partnership with Newcastle City Council, we have been working with children and young people to plan engagement events in Primary and Secondary schools throughout Newcastle.  The aim of these events is to provide children and young people with a voice around how we can support them better throughout their education and how we better prepare them for growing older.

For more information please click on the reports below:


Further information