New integrated service for health visitors and children’s centres

Celia Lamden, head of health visiting and children'"s centre (front row fourth from left) with the team from Hailsham SUS-160107-140922001
Celia Lamden, head of health visiting and children'"s centre (front row fourth from left) with the team from Hailsham SUS-160107-140922001

Children’s centres and health visiting teams are launching a new integrated service.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust and East Sussex County Council have launched the service to ensure they can offer more effective support regardless of which organisation is delivering services.

The authorities say families will receive the right support at the right time thanks to the launch of a new integrated service which brings health visiting and children’s centres together.

Health visitors and children’s centres will work together to ensure all children, from newborns to five years, receive early intervention, prevention and health promotion services to get a better start in life.

Celia Lamden, head of health visiting and children’s centres, said, “By working as an integrated service and breaking down traditional organisational boundaries we are able to offer families a better service.

“Our new service will contribute significantly to the long term resilience, wellbeing and safeguarding of families and children, particularly the most vulnerable. It will help promote good parenting, the foundation for emotional resilience and good physical and mental health for all children.

“But most importantly, it will make a significant and positive difference to the development of children and their readiness for school, particularly the most vulnerable.”

As part of the integrated children’s centre service, health visitors provide all families with five universal reviews during a child’s early years. This includes advice and guidance to parents in the antenatal period and children’s developmental reviews are completed at birth, at six weeks, at one year and at two to two-and-a-half years.

A range of issues are covered including breastfeeding, healthy eating, healthy lifestyles, postnatal depression, sleep and routines, parenting challenges, domestic abuse, mental health or substance misuse. Children’s centre staff will provide support through home visiting or group work interventions, working in partnership with families to make positive changes. The service is part of the East Sussex Better Together programme. Don’t miss out on all the latest breaking news where you live.

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