From 1 October the commissioning of key children public health services will be switching to Cambridgeshire County Council from the NHS.

The key services, include health visitors "“ registered nurses or midwives who lead and deliver health services for children - and family nurses, who provide services such as intensive support for young mums.

For councils across the country, this is the "˜final piece of the jigsaw' after public health responsibilities transferred to them in April 2013.

In preparation for the transfer, councils and school nurses are already working together to co-ordinate and deliver public health interventions for school-aged children. This includes reducing childhood obesity, under-18 conception rates and the prevalence of chlamydia; and the management of mental health disorders.

In Cambridgeshire, these services are currently delivered by Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS).

Dr. Liz Robin, Director for Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "The Health Visiting Service is a workforce of specialist community public health nurses who provide expert advice, support and interventions to families with children in the first years of life. They help empower parents to make decisions that affect their family's future health and wellbeing.

"One of the benefits of councils commissioning these services is it offers opportunities to link closely with wider  local services, including social care, children's centres, housing and early year's education providers.  We will also be working closely with CCS to make sure health visitors, midwives and family nurses get the support they need to give children and young people get the best start in life "“ there is no more important job than this."

 

 

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