Changes to public health services for children in Cumbria

The provision of public health services for children in Cumbria between the ages of 0-19 saw a number of changes from 1st April 2017.

A newly designed service, approved and commissioned by Cumbria County Council, brings together existing health professionals to strengthen support for the most vulnerable children and provide a more equitable service for all children in Cumbria.

The newly designed services are structured as follows:

  1. Strengthening Families Team - supporting children on a child protection plan, child in need or looked after children
  2. 0 - 5 services - health visiting service providing key contacts and assessments and the National Child Measurement Programme
  3. 5 – 19 school age nursing services consisting of:
  • Six Whole Time Equavilant Children’s Public Health Nurses to oversee the universal provision of the 5-19 element of the Healthy Child Programme.
  • Co-ordinating and reviewing health and development reviews
  • Single point of contact within each locality for schools and families for queries related to school aged health.

Councillor Ian Stewart, Cumbria County Council Cabinet member for Public Health and Community Services said “These changes will result in a broader and better service for children and young people and follow detailed consultation with provider organisations, partners, staff, parents and young people about the type of service they want.

Joanne Hiley, Associate Director of Nursing for the Children & Families Care Group at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said  “The core offer of the new service will enable schools to contact one of six public health and wellbeing nurses for support and advice.”