12th June 2017

KIDS charity and Open Objects collaborate to deliver family-first insight workshops

Idox’s Open Objects is engaging with national charity, KIDS, to facilitate a series of consultative workshops designed to ensure its new Education, Health and Care (EHC) Hub meets the needs of those who use it.

In advance of the digital platform’s launch this summer, the company is seeking independent insight from professionals, disabled young people and families, parents and carers on their experiences of the EHC process, with the aim of using the feedback to further refine the Hub where needed.

Dominic Millar, Head of Business Development at KIDS said: “KIDS is looking forward to facilitating the Open Objects workshops and enabling independent input into a truly person-centred approach that puts disabled children, young people and their families at the centre of the EHC process”.

The digital EHC solution, developed and co-produced with local authority partners, supports easy and secure information gathering, promotes transparency and puts the family at the centre of the EHC process. The Hub offers a single, web-based platform enabling families, education settings and professionals across Education, Health and Social Care to collaborate on both the initial 20-week and annual review processes.

The independent views gathered from the workshops with KIDS will complement the parent and carer engagement that Open Objects is already undertaking with individual local authority customers. This valuable insight will help to shape the Hub’s narrative content, as well as its overall look, feel and accessibility.

Gavin Cameron, Managing Director of Open Objects explains why working with KIDS is so important: “KIDS is ideally placed to help us engage directly with the different stakeholders in the EHC Process. We believe the EHC Hub will bring significant efficiencies in gathering and sharing information, tracking case progress, maximising transparency and facilitating collaborative working. However, we want to speak to those with first-hand experience of the process, learn how the process could have been made better for them and ensure that what we deliver is a truly person-centred approach.”

Open Objects currently has five local authority development partners, which it has been working with over the past nine months to develop the Hub.

To find out more about the EHC Hub and the work Open Objects has been doing with its local authority partners, visit www.openobjects.com/care/ehc, call +44 (0) 1223 422200 or complete the form to arrange a demo of The Hub.

<<Notes to editors>>

  • Open Objects is a leader in the provision of digital services to the health and social care sectors in the UK. Information, advice and guidance are at the heart of what we do. Our customers – local authorities (including Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Hampshire County Council and Suffolk County Council) and NHS Trusts – promote independence and wellbeing in their local communities with a range of online solutions, serving adult and children’s social care, family information services and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and Public Health. For more information, visit www.openobjects.com
  • KIDS is a national charity, founded over 47 years ago, providing a wide range of support services to disabled children, young people and their families. KIDS supports children with any disability from birth to 25 years of age, offering support to the whole family with the aim of giving disabled children a brighter future. KIDS provides over 120 different services and works with 80 local authorities throughout England, and in the year to March 2016 has supported over 11,000 children. For more information, visit www.kids.org.uk