Wokingham Borough Council is reaching out to families and professional partners across the borough to help to ensure that its Healthy Child Programme continues to offer a quality service that meets the needs of Wokingham borough children and families.
A survey has been launched on the council website which asks for feedback from families to ensure the services being provided are suitable for children and young people. There is also a separate survey for professionals who work alongside the Healthy Child Service who the council want to hear from to ensure that they are getting the support and advice needed, in a timely way that meets the needs of the families they are working with.
The Healthy Child Programme, which was approved to be recommissioned last month, provides important public health nursing services to children, young people and their families across Wokingham. The health visitors are responsible for supporting children 0 to 5 years old, conducting key health reviews and helping parents through antenatal and postnatal support, and encouraging the development of healthy lifestyles while safeguarding and protecting children.
The service for the over 5 years is led by school nursing staff who work in partnership across education and health, providing a link between school, home and the community. They provide a wide range of support including health reviews, support and advice for children with special education needs and disability. They also undertake the mandated National Childhood Measurement programme, as well as offering support and advice on mental health and supporting Healthy Schools.
Cllr Ullakarin Clark, executive member for children’s service said, “We will continue to support our children, young people and their families in any way we can and welcome any feedback to help us commission a service that is suitable for the needs of children, young people and their families’.
“We will ensure any future provider can support, promote and protect the health and wellbeing of every child and young person in our borough through our Healthy Child Programme.”
The health visiting service and school nursing service are both currently provided by Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and it is the council’s intention that a single provider will continue to provide services going forward for Wokingham borough.
The council will see the recommissioning of the local Healthy Child Programme happen together with neighbouring local authorities West Berkshire and Reading, to enable the three councils to negotiate favourable terms with potential providers to the mandated programme.
The service design, delivery and monitoring will all remain within the individual local authorities, with Wokingham Borough Council continuing to cater for the needs of local children and families within the borough. It is anticipated that the new contract will be in place by April 2022.
To complete the council’s brief survey visit the council website and search consultations. Alternatively, you can email your thoughts to email@example.com. The feedback you provide will be used to inform future development of the service and remain confidential.
Further information about health visiting and school nursing can be found at the Berkshire Healthcare website.