Health visiting programme and 0-5 commissioning of public health services

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 November 2014
Health Services, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This factsheet provides information for health practitioners, providers, and local authorities on changes to the:

  • Healthy Child Programme (a prevention and early intervention public health programme offered to all families that lies at the heart of the universal service for children and families. It aims to support parents, promote child development, reduce inequalities, improve child health outcomes and health and wellbeing, and ensure that families at risk are identified at the earliest opportunity).
  • Health Visiting Programme (started in 2011 as a national programme of work to deliver on the government’s commitment by 2015 to increase health visitors by 4,200 and create a transformed, rejuvenated health visiting service providing improved outcomes for children and families with more targeted and tailored support for those who need it. It represents a major investment in services for young children and families, and is intended to: improve access to services; improve the experience of children and families; improve health and wellbeing outcomes for under-fives; and reduce health inequalities).
  • Importance of health visiting (health visitors play a crucial role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life, and lead delivery of the 0-5 elements of the Healthy Child Programme in partnership with other health and social care colleagues. Investing in the health visiting service is having a profound impact on supporting the lifelong health and wellbeing of young children and their families).
  • Transfer of service commissioning for 0 to 5 to local authorities from 2015 (From 1 October 2015 the responsibility for commissioning public health services for children aged 0-5 will transfer from NHS England to local authorities).