A reshaped children and young people’s health and wellbeing service will see support given to all families, especially those that need it the most, according to plans agreed at Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet.
The county council has agreed on an approach to commissioning a new service, which will cover amongst others health visiting, the family nurse partnership and school nursing.
Staffordshire County Council inherited responsibility for some of these services from the NHS in 2015. With most of the current contracts for these services coming to an end, the county council is now taking the opportunity to see how these services can work better together to support families in the future.
The service has a total of £10.6million to invest in a new child health and wellbeing programme, which will target support to where it is most needed and end variations between district and boroughs.
The procurement process for the new service will formally start in August, with a recommendation for a preferred provider to be made early December. The new contract for 0-5s is to start from 1 April 2017, with 5-19 following in April 2018.
County Councillor Alan White, Cabinet Member for Health, Care and Wellbeing said:
By taking a more targeted approach with children and young people’s health and wellbeing services, we are hoping to ensure that every parent continues to receive a core level of service, and families who need additional support will get more.
“Effective prevention and early help is vitally important in ensuring we have healthy and happy children who are ready for school and able to learn.
“Supporting families to overcome problems early negates the need for intensive costly intervention at a later stage. By focusing what we have in the right places, we’re confident that Staffordshire’s children and young people can keep doing well.”