A NEW service tailored to meet the needs for modern-day families in Staffordshire has taken an important step forward.
Staffordshire’s new Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing programme, for those aged 0-19, will see the current school nursing and children’s centre services brought together with health visiting.
The service will offer the right balance of self-support, support from professionals and support from the wider community including the very best use of digital technology, to meet the individual needs of busy modern families.
It will see every family offered some core support, with those who require extra help getting it in a timely and effective way. It will also aim to strike the right balance of self-support, support from professions and support from the wider community.
The contract for the service has been awarded to the Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust, which has a wealth of experience and expertise in delivering public health services for Staffordshire families and already provides health visiting services across the county.
Alan White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said: “By bringing school nursing and children’s centre services together with health visiting services under “one roof,” teams will be able to work seamlessly for the benefit of local families.
“The main aim of this programme is to ensure Staffordshire’s families get the right amount of support to meet individual needs. We will still be investing around £10.6 million into the new programme, but with less money to go around we have to focus on those who need it most, and we are confident we can give families the support they need to improve their health and wellbeing.”
Neil Carr, Chief Executive at Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership Trust added: “The Partnership Trust is delighted to have been awarded the Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing programme and welcomes the opportunity to deliver an integrated service that caters for all children, young people and families across Staffordshire.
“The service will provide an important opportunity for our Children’s teams to work in more innovative ways and work much more closely with local partners who also provide children’s services. Together we look forward to offering an holistic service which will support children, families and young people to live healthy and happy lives in Staffordshire.”