Education, Health and Care plans: A qualitative investigation into service user experiences of the planning process

The authors explored factors influencing both user experiences of the process of getting an EHC plan during 2015 and the quality of the plans produced in this period.

  • Theme: Processes and pathways
  • Strength: Robust
  • Breadth of Impact: Robust
  • Status: Quality Assured
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The authors explored factors influencing both user experiences of the process of getting an EHC plan during 2015 and the quality of the plans produced in this period.

They found that: a single individual that took ownership for family; dedicated support; and having the EHC plan read before transition; constructive interprofessional collaboration; and meaningful input from CYP; can make a huge difference for the better for CYP and families.

This grey literature was appraised using a validated checklist. The AACODS checklist provides guidance when dealing with diverse formats of grey literature (Tyndall, 2010). AACODS includes the following items: Authority (who is responsible for the intellectual content) – Accuracy – Coverage (parameters which define the content coverage i.e., reference to a particular population group, or certain type of publication) – Objectivity (identify bias, if it is unstated or unacknowledged) – Date (that confirms relevance of information)- Significance (value judgment in the context of the relevant research area). The checklist can be used for any discipline area and prioritises expert opinion and expertise over source format (Tyndall, 2010).