New Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme launches across Staffordshire

New Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme launches across Staffordshire
06 April 2018

From 1st April 2018 a new Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme will be delivered across Staffordshire for children and young people aged between 0 to nineteen years of age.

The service, provided by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, brings together the Trust’s health visiting and school nursing services into one and in 2020 will incorporate Children’s Centres.

The Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme will provide universal, targeted and specialist care to families across Staffordshire and deliver the national Healthy Child Programme, improve school readiness and support the development of healthy lifestyles by offering a balance of self-support, support from professions and from the wider community.

Neil Carr, Chief Executive of the Partnership Trust today said; “The Trust is delighted to launch the Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme to children, young people and families across Staffordshire.

“The programme has been designed to provide support to all children and young people but ensures that care and support is proportionate to the needs of individual children and their families. Therefore children and young people with a greater need will get more targeted support.

Neil Carr added; “Our teams will be providing face to face support alongside digital technology such as a dedicated telephone line, app and text messaging service, all mechanisms that we believe will enable modern busy families to access advice and guidance in a timely way.”

The contract for the service was awarded to SSOTP by Staffordshire County Council last year. Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said:  “The Partnership Trust have a wealth of experience and expertise in delivering public health services for Staffordshire’s families and already provide health visiting services across the county.

“With less money available, the programme aims to strike the right balance of self-support, community support and support from professionals, including the very best use of digital technology, to meet the individual needs of busy modern families.

“By focusing what we have on those who need it most, we’re confident that we can give families the support they need to improve their health and wellbeing.”

For many families The Hub, the service’s central point of contact will be instrumental to accessing supporting from the new service.

Kate Cox, Lead Manager for Children’s Services, said; “The Hub is a great way for the Trust to co-ordinate the care of children and young people across the county as it is a central point of access for families, young people and other professional such as GPs.

“This way of working has proven to be extremely successful in other children’s services because qualified and experienced practitioners are located within The Hub and therefore able to provide advice when care and support is required or alternatively signpost families to the most appropriate service for their child’s needs.”

For more information about the Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Programme visit www.staffordshireandstokeontrent.nhs.uk/services/0-19