Transfer of 0-5 children's public health commissioning to Local Authorities: mandation factsheet 2: commissioning the national Healthy Child Programme: mandation of universal healthy child programme assessments/reviews

Document type
Other
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 February 2015
Subject(s)
Health Services, Children and Young People
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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Children’s public health commissioning responsibilities for 0-5 year olds will transfer from NHS England to local authorities (LAs) on 1 October 2015. Local authorities are well placed to identify health needs and commission services for local people to improve health, and this transfer will join up that already done by local authorities for children and young people aged 5–19. A major part of the work of delivery through the 0-5 public health workforce is delivering the Healthy Child Programme (HCP). The HCP is the national public health programme, based on best knowledge/evidence to achieve good outcomes for all children.

In this context, mandation means a public health step prescribed in regulations as one that all LAs must take. The regulations are made under section 6C of the NHS Act 2006. LAs are very well placed to identify health needs and commission services for local people to improve health. The Government’s aim is to enable local services to be shaped to meet local needs. Some services however need to be provided in the context of a national, standard format, to ensure consistent delivery and universal coverage, and hence that the nation’s health and wellbeing overall is improved and protected - this includes some of the HCP services. This document explains further.