Posted by Alice Godwin on the 22 Sep 2015

On Tuesday 15th September a national conference was held in London’s Friends House by Together for Short Lives: Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Project.

The aim of the project is giving children and young people aged 0-25 who need palliative care to support them through life limiting illness, access to education.

Among other speakers, Tracie Dempster, Director of Family and Care Services Richard House Children's Hospice was joined by Jacqueline Van-West, Director of Learning Support Services, for Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust, to discuss the partnership work between the two organisations.

Tracie and Jacqueline discussed the successes and challenges of the partnership, giving examples by case study of ways forward for providers embarking on partnership work, in accordance with the new special educational needs and disability (SEND) system in England.

Staff from Orchard Hill College visit Richard House Hospice monthly to talk to young people who receive palliative care, and their families, about educational opportunities they can access through the partnership.

Our next step is to plan training sessions between the two organisations, giving both Orchard Hill College staff and staff from Richard House the skills to maximise the partnership work.