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A project funded by the internal grant scheme at EKHUFT and led by Dr Eve Hutton, Head OT (Children, Young People & Families), has commenced this month.

The multidisciplinary project involves parents, educators, psychologists and therapists in a collaboration between EKHUFT and the Centre for Health Service Studies, based at the University of Kent.

The proposed research aims to focus on the support needs of families with a physically disabled child to ensure therapy services in East Kent can prepare for changes under discussion in parliament as part of the Children & Families Bill. The study will involve focus group interviews with parents of a physically disabled child to identify key transition points that require a change in the support provided. Opinions will also be sort on the introduction of personal budgets and how parents intend to exercise choice when obtaining expert support for their child. The project will run for a total of 9 months. More information about the project can be obtained by either contacting Dr Eve Hutton the principal investigator: eve.hutton@nhs.net or the researcher on the project Sarah Hotham: S.Hotham@kent.ac.uk

Start date: 01/05/2013 End date: 30/06/2014

Funder: East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Funding: £33,066

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Last Updated: 10/06/2014