Transfer of 0-5 children's public health commissioning to local authorities: finance issues

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Great Britain. Department of Health.
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 September 2014
Health Services, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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Planning and paying for public health services for 0 to 5 year olds will transfer from the NHS to local authorities in October 2015. As part of the transfer, local authorities will be obliged to provide certain universal elements of the Healthy Child Programme. These are: antenatal health promotion review; new baby review, which is the first check after the birth; 6-8 week assessment; 1 year assessment; and 2 to 2 and a half year review. This will ensure that a universal health visiting service continues. This service is essential to supporting the health and wellbeing of families and children at a crucial stage of development. These arrangements will be reviewed after a year.

This factsheet explains the timescales for NHS Area Teams and Local Authorities in the run-up to the commissioning transfer and how funding will work after October 2015.