Keeping Notts families healthy and safe

18 November 2020

With national restrictions in place across the nation, one local service is keen to stress that it will continue to support families to be healthy and safe.

The Healthy Families Programme has been sharing their performance for the first half of the year with the County Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee. The service, which is provided by Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, is an early intervention and prevention programme which aims to support local families to provide their children with the best start in life.

There are 20 local Healthy Family Teams across the county that provide children, young people and families with care from before birth to their late teens. The service brings together care provided by health visitors, school nurses, the Family Nurse Partnership Programme (for first time teenage mums) and the National Childhood Measurement Programme and their support for families includes:
• antenatal contact 
• new baby review
• 6 to 8 week review
• 1 year health and development review (comprehensive assessment of a child’s health, social, emotional, behavioural and language development)
• 2 – 2.5 year health and development review (comprehensive assessment of a child’s health, social, emotional, behavioural and language development)
• health review, information and support for school-age children and young people.

The Healthy Families Programme has continued to deliver all universal and targeted elements of the service using a blended approach of face to face contacts, telephone and digital platforms to support all children, young people and their families. Healthy Family Teams have adapted their model of delivery and moved through the Covid-19 pandemic by embracing new and innovative ways of working. 

In a report recently presented to the Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, the Healthy Families Programme demonstrated that 1816 families received a new birth visit (96%) and 1753 received a 6 – 8 week review (95%) between April – June. In the second quarter (July – September),  1879 families received a new birth visit (99%) and 1869 families received a 6 – 8 week review (97%). 

Councillor Tony Harper, Chair of Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “It is incredibly reassuring to see that the Healthy Families Programme continued to provide vital services to local people, which is testament to the flexibility and ingenuity of the providers and their staff when faced with the challenges of the pandemic.

“During this second lockdown period, we will continue to work alongside our providers to ensure that services are resilient and able to respond to the latest developments. Thank you to all those who continue to support children to have the best start in life.”

Sherrel Dudley, General Manager for 0-19 Children and Young People’s Services at Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Healthy Family Teams have continued without question, to deliver all elements of the service using innovative ways of working and maintaining face to face contacts to support some of our most vulnerable children, young people and their families, as well as deliver the universal elements of our core offer. 

"The teams have worked innovatively to overcome professional challenges. Our management team have been both inspired and in awe of their response and professionalism to the changing landscape.  We continue to be extremely proud of our teams and thankful for the work they are doing to keep children, young people and families safe and well”

Families are encouraged to contact their local Healthy Families Team advice line for information, advice and support about their family’s health, wellbeing and development, by finding the contact number here.  Children, young people, parents and carers have also been accessing advice from their Healthy Family Team via their text messaging services, which offer an alternative, accessible method of contact and a flexible way to access support:
• Parentline, for parents and carers of 0-19’s: 07520 619919
• ChatHealth, for young people aged 11-19: 07507 329952

Children, young people, parents and carers are also encouraged to access our local Health for Kids and Health for Teens websites that aim to support children and young people with their physical health and emotional wellbeing. The websites offer clinically assured interactive content and signpost young people to local services and sources of support.

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