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The Healthy Child Programme in St Helens, which includes Health Visiting, School Nursing and an Enhanced Service which will replace Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), is now being provided by Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. The services are part of a new 0-19+ Health and Wellbeing Service.
The Healthy Child Programme offers every child a schedule of health and development reviews, screening tests, immunisations, health promotion and support for parents/carers tailored to their needs, with additional support when needed and at key times. The St Helens Healthy Child Programme consists of the following services for children and young people aged 0-19 and their families and is delivered by a team of Public Health Nurses:
The Health Visiting Service in St Helens delivers the Healthy Child Programme to all parents and families of pre-school children.
The team includes health visitors, community health nurses and nursery nurses. They are specialists in child health and development and provide a range of information, support, and advice to ensure families are fully supported to give their children the best possible start in life.
The School Nursing Service provides support for a seamless transition from health visitors to school nurses. It’s led by specialist public health nurses, qualified nurses and screeners.
The service supports children and young people aged 5–19 in primary and secondary schools and home educated children, as well as their families and carers. Support is also provided to schools and alternative education providers – every school has a named school nurse.
The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme is being replaced by an alternative pathway to enable more families to access support. Over the coming months, the Family Nurses will be working with families to support their individual needs and make sure they continue to receive the services they require.