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Equiping the sector for the future


In September, October and November 2017, NatSIP is running a regional working day event Equipping the SI sector for the future.  The event is available on three dates in three different venues:

Date 1: Wednesday 20 September 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00

Friends House
173 Euston Road

Date 2: Wednesday 18 October 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00

Novotel York Centre
YO10 4FD

Date 3: Wednesday 8 November 2017
Time: 10:00-16:00

Beeches Conference Centre
76 Selly Oak Road
B30 1LS

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 a session on the Sensory Learning Hub and how to use this 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:

London - 20 September 2017

York - 18 October 2017

Birmingham - 8 November 2017

 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
  • Steve Rose (NatSIP Associate, Lead for the Sensory Learning Hub, formerly Head of Children’s
    Services, Sense) will explore the potential of the NatSIP Sensory Learning Hub
  • Lindsey Rousseau (NatSIP Facilitator) will give an update about the NatSIP work programme and resources 2017‐18

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