(2) what progress his Department has made on the implementation of the proposals in his Department's strategy for children and young people's health that all children with complex health needs should have an individual care plan by 2010; what estimate he has made of the number of children with complex health needs who have been given such a plan; and if he will make a statement.
Guidance for commissioners on how to commission personalised care planning for adults and children with long-term conditions was issued in January 2009. The care planning commitment for children with complex needs was affirmed in ‘Healthy Lives, Brighter Futures’ which emphasises the need to ensure high quality, timely and accessible support and sets out a clear expectation that children's trust partners will provide children and families with accessible and comprehensive information about the services, advice and support available.
Progress is being sustained through the Long Term Conditions programme which includes work to support and accelerate implementation of care planning; elements of which are a Primary Care Service Specification to support commissioners and to incentivise delivery in primary care, and a leaflet for families explaining the benefits of care planning. Assessing the demand and providing for individual care plans for children with complex conditions is for local decision based on local assessment of need.