The Healthy Child Programme in York – what is it all about?
Who are health visitors and school nurses?
¬ We are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. ¬ We work with local communities, the whole family and individual children in different settings, e.g. homes, children’s centres and schools. ¬ Health Visitors and School Nurses lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme for 0-19 year olds. We also have Child Health and Development Workers and Children and Young People Health Outreach Nurses in our teams. ¬ We work closely with other health services, including schools, to ensure that the child’s health needs are met. ¬ We are skilled in spotting health problems or concerns early, so that we can provide early support. ¬ We work with other services to ensure each and every child and young person lives in a safe environment.
What is the Healthy Child Programme?
The Healthy Child Programme is delivered by health visitors and school nurses. It is a programme for children, young people and families which focuses on early intervention and prevention and offers research based guidance on development reviews, immunisations, screenings, and healthy choices.
The Healthy Child Service was commissioned by the Local Authority in October 2015; previous to this we were employed by the NHS. Local authorities know their communities and understand local need so can commission the most vital services to improve local children’s health and wellbeing. One of the benefits of councils commissioning the Healthy Child Programme is that it offers opportunities to link with wider systems, such as housing, early years education providers and to enable the integration of children’s services. This in turn will provide a more joined-up, cost effective service built around the individual needs, paving the way to deliver across a wider range of public health issues.
Health visitors and school nurses are responsible for delivering cost effective public health programmes and interventions to improve health outcomes for all parents, children, young people and families. Some of the key public health issues include: • Breastfeeding • Dental health • Growth and development • Healthy weight and physical activity • Emotional health and wellbeing • Sexual health advice and guidance • Smoking cessation • Drug and alcohol misuse
Where are we based?
The city is divided up into three teams:
North Team – Clifton Children’s Centre, 01904 552322
East Team – The Avenues Children’s Centre, 01904 551760
West Team – Hob Moor Children’s Centre. 01904 555475
Our Universal service is offered to everyone and consists of the following 5 mandated contacts plus Healthy Child Clinic access: • Antenatal • New birth visit (Day 10-14) • 6-8 week review • 9-12 month review • 2-2.5 year review
A member of your local team will contact you to book these reviews. The 9-12 month invite letter will come the month your baby is 9 months old, and the 2 year invite letter the month following their second birthday.
If you require more support around issues such as feeding, growth and development or mental health we offer more visits as per our Universal Plus offer. The Universal Partnership Plus offer will involve more visits alongside other agencies. These families have more complex health and social needs and support is delivered by different agencies, working together to support the family.
Who to contact?
Health Visitors get notification from the hospital once your baby is born; we will then contact you to book in a new birth visit at home when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old. This tends to be around the time when the midwife will be discharging you from her care. We try to provide continuity in care so aim to offer the same Health Visitor you saw at the antenatal visit.
Each team has a duty Health Visitor covering 08.30-17.00hrs Monday to Friday. If you are unsure as to who to contact, please give us a call and if we can’t help you, we will direct you to the GP or midwife as appropriate.
We can advise on a number of issues, for example feeding, behaviour, skin problems, sleep and poo to name but a few!