Progress on last year: health & additional needs

We’re kicking off 2019 by focussing on health and additional needs here at AFF. Throughout January and February, we’ll bring you lots of useful information, news and updates and we’ll also cast the spotlight on Service children’s mental health, particularly those aged under 16 years.

You’ll remember we focussed on a monthly theme each month last year, including health and additional needs at the start of 2018. So, what’s changed? Who did we speak to and what did we do with your engagement?

Here’s a few things we think you should know…

In 2018, our health enquiries from families were up 106% and an extra 69% of you contacted us about additional needs.

We’re really pleased that more of you feel able to approach us with your issues and concerns. Your evidence really is vital in allowing us to continue pushing for the changes you want to see, so thank you.

You mostly got in touch with us about:

  • NHS waiting lists and continuity of healthcare
  • Assisted conception policy and accessing IVF treatment
  • Variations in healthcare provision in the UK and overseas.

We’ve worked hard on your behalf to take your issues to the most relevant contacts at our disposal. During 2018, we’ve worked with:

  • NHS England dental commissioners on both dental provision and orthodontic care
  • Healthcare providers in the Devolved Nations
  • And represented families on a number of decision-making groups including looking at provision overseas.

Information about all the topics covered last year is available on our Health & Additional Needs pages.

But it doesn’t stop there…

Keep an eye on our social media or chat to your local AFF Co-ordinator and our Health & Additional Needs Specialist Karen Ross throughout January and February to find out what we’re currently working on.

We’d love to hear your views and welcome your comments, involvement and suggestions.



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