Following a robust tender process, Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (WCHC) has been awarded the contract to deliver the Health Visiting and School Nursing service in Knowsley from 1 February 2022.
Ensuring children and families have the very best start in life is a key priority for Knowsley Council, so ensuring high quality health services are delivered that meets the needs of the local community is paramount.
As part of the contract, WCHC will deliver the Healthy Child Programme 0-25 Service Contract, which includes:
- Supporting families and children to keep children healthy, safe and helping them to achieve their full potential.
- Identifying health and wellbeing issues early, so support and early intervention can be provided in a timely manner (preventing issues from escalating).
- Reducing childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating and physical activity.
- Providing Special Education School Health Nursing interventions for public health, including identification and management of children with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs).
- Providing an enhanced parenting pathway for parents and families who may require additional support.
- Providing a comprehensive school health and education service for children across the borough.
- Working in partnership with local organisations to deliver health improvement programmes aimed at supporting positive mental health and wellbeing for and on behalf of children and young people in Knowsley.
WCHC has a wealth of experience in delivering health support for children and young people. Over the past seven years, the Trust has been delivering an outstanding, responsive and innovative integrated 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service in Wirral, providing support for over 71,000 local children and young people. Following the award of the Wirral contract, their 0-19 journey soon travelled to Cheshire East with teams supporting over 83,000 0-19 year olds. From birth to adulthood, teams give families the best possible start in life and have a huge impact on the long-term health of children and young people. The Trust was recently awarded the 0-19+ Health and Wellbeing Service contract in St Helens which launched this week.
This extensive knowledge, experience and best practice gained by the Trust will now be shared in Knowsley for the benefit of the Borough’s residents. As part of the contract, the team will be launching ChatHealth, a confidential NHS-approved text messaging service for local young people aged 11-19 years. Delivered by School Nurses, young people across Knowsley will be able to access a range of advice and support around issues such as anxiety, healthy relationships, feelings, emotions and mental wellbeing.
Cllr Chris Bannon, Cabinet Member for Health, said “It’s essential that our health services are tailored to the needs of our communities. Ensuring our children and families get the best start in life is a priority for us, along with improving the health and wellbeing of our population and addressing health inequalities. I’m delighted to welcome Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust to Knowsley to help us deliver these priorities.”