Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group has decided it will be withdrawing the funding it provides to run Nascot Lawn Respite Centre in Watford in May 2018, meaning the facility will close without alternative funding.
The centre, which is operated by Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT), provides overnight care to children with complex medical needs and disabilities so that their families can have a much-needed break. It also has a day care service for severely disabled children aged up to five.
The CCG’s Finance and Performance Committee met on 16th November 2017 and agreed that the CCG cannot continue to fully fund the centre on a discretionary basis – it has been providing £650,000 funding a year, but needs to make savings.
The CCG first raised plans to withdraw funding for Nascot Lawn in June 2017. Since then, the families affected have been campaigning to save the centre from closure and there have been meetings between the CCG and Hertfordshire County Council.
The committee discussed a range of options for the future funding of the service, including those put forward by the families for a jointly funded service. All feedback received during the recent engagement process, including emails from families, was made available to the committee meeting that was observed by patient representatives including Healthwatch Hertfordshire.
CCG officers’ preference was to use health-related spending to fund Nascot Lawn to the maximum value of £100,000 per full year until March 2019, with Hertfordshire County Council providing further core funding. However, officers explained that Hertfordshire County Council had not confirmed funding for Nascot Lawn and the Council’s approach was to fund only three respite centres – so they couldn’t consider joint funding.
If Hertfordshire County Council decides to fund respite services at Nascot Lawn as part of a three centre approach or fourth centre, the CCG have indicated that they will be happy to facilitate support for a jointly funded service until March 2019.
Dr Nicolas Small, CCG Chair, said: “This decision is one of the most challenging that we have faced. Meeting with the Nascot Lawn families has been one of the most humbling engagement processes that we have ever undertaken. As individuals we cannot fail to be affected by the difficulties the children and their families face. We fully recognise their need for respite care, but this must be a matter for the County Council.
“The CCG will remain fully committed to helping the council in the transfer arrangements following the council’s offer to families.”
Roma Mills, our Carers Involvement Manager, said: “We are disappointed with the decision and concerned about the capacity of the remaining three units to meet the needs of all families who need overnight respite. We understand that this decision will cause anxiety and have an impact on the parents whose children attend the centre. Our Carer Support Advisors are here to provide support. We will be looking at whether there are any events or additional support we can offer to bring the carers together or help them in any way and will keep you updated.”
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You can read more about the matter on the CCG website at http://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/news-events/935-ccg-cannot-continue-to-fund-respite-care-at-nascot-lawn