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NatSIP has been running three regional working day events Equipping the SI sector for the future.  The first event was presented in London on 20 September 2017 and is also being presented in York and Birmingham in October and November.

Feedback from delegates at the first event in London was very positive. They said:

  • "I loved the step by step guide to commissioning. The whole day flowed really well and I felt that the presenters clearly put a lot of time in to co-producing this..."
  • "Information presented was really informative and useful. Great to hear from other professionals in other LA’s.."
  • "Lots of ideas which I will definitely take back and implement..."

The next event will take place in York on 18 October 2017 and is already fully booked.

There is a final opportunity to participate with colleagues and further develop understanding of commissioning to secure and equip services for the future. This will be held in Birmingham on 8 November 2017

This full-day event is for managers and other members of support services, specialist settngs, VCS, agencies and other organisations working together to secure better outcomes for children and young people with sensory impairment.

The NatSIP Future of the Sector report (compiled by Brian Lamb) outlined a number of key changes to policy, funding and commissioning practice which are going to dramatically impact on how services are commissioned and operate in the coming years.  Understanding what commissioners are looking for, how best to position and market SI  services and what schools need are going to become ever more important.

This day will provide an overall framework for thinking about how to approach commissioners, what is needed in respect of service developments and offers and how this might fit with new commissioning models. There will opportunity to discuss and share recent experiences of good practice and understand in more detail what service leaders need to do to secure the future of their service with top tips and support with action planning.

There will also be an update about the NatSIP contract work programme and how to use the Sensory Learning Hub and other NatSIP resources to reach the front line workforce and support the specialist SI professional.

The cost of the day is £50/delegate, reduced to £25/delegate for NatSIP-affiliated organisations

Available documents:

Birmingham - 8 November 2017 - places still available



 During the day:

  • Brian Lamb (NatSIP Associate, author of NatSIP’s Future of the Sector report) and Michelle Allison (Director of SEND and Commissioning, Seashell Trust, formerly Head of SEND
    for North Yorkshire County Council) will talk about the implications from the Future of the Sector report, service reviews and what drives commissioners
  • Lindsey Rousseau (NatSIP Facilitator) will give an update about the NatSIP work programme and resources 2017‐18 and explore the potential and use of the NatSIP resources and Sensory Learning Hub.

This will be a seminar day with opportunity for delegate discussion.