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Who are we?
Our team are made up of Health Visitors, Health Improvement Service Nurses (previously School Nurses) and Community Nursery Nurses.
Who are Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses?
We are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families.
We work with local communities, the whole family and individual children in different settings e.g. homes, Children’s Centres, Schools and GP surgeries.
Health Visitors lead and deliver the healthy Child programme for 0-5 year olds offering support to all families in pregnancy up to when a child reaches 5.
Health Improvement Service Nurses lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme for 5-19 year olds working predominately with children, young people and families.
We work closely with other health services, including schools, to ensure that the Child’s health needs are met. We are skilled in spotting health problems or concerns early, so that we can provide early support. We work with other services to ensure each and every child and young person lives in a safe environment.
What is the Healthy Child Programme?
The healthy child programme is a programme for children, young people and families which focuses on early intervention and prevention and offers research based guidance on development reviews, immunisations, screenings and healthy choices
Who are Community Nursery Nurses?
How can Health Visitors Support you and your child aged 0-5 years?
How can Health Improvement Service Nurses support you and your child aged 5-19 years?
What does your local service provide?
Community (Your neighbourhood)
In the community there are a range of health services for children, young people and their families. Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses lead in ensuring that you know about these services and that they are made accessible to everyone. We work with local communities to ensure they are equipped to deliver local services.
Universal Service (Offered to every family)
Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme to ensure a healthy start for each and every child. The Healthy Child Programme starts in pregnancy and continues through to school leavers. This includes promoting positive physical, emotional and mental health and assessing the health and development of children and young people, whilst supporting new parents.
Universal Plus (Further support for families)
Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses are able to support parents, children, young people and families when they need extra help. Some examples include support with specific parenting issues, post natal depression, asthma, emotional difficulties and bullying.
Universal Partnership Plus (Families who need additional support)
Health Visitors and Health Improvement Service Nurses are able to provide ongoing support, with extra support from a range of local services working together with the family, to deal with more complex issues over a period of time. Some examples include special educational needs, drug and alcohol misuse, child and adolescent mental health services, looked after children and young carers. Health Visitors and School Nurses work together to protect children and ensure they are safe.
Health Visitors and Health Improvement Services Nurses are responsible for delivering cost effective public health programmes and interventions to improve health outcomes for all parents, children, young people and families.
Some of the key public health issues include:
North Tendring North Colchester
Harwich Team 01255 201253 Central Team 01206 747827
Connaught Team 01255 670220 Bluebell Team 01206 747371
South Tendring South Colchester
Reckitts Team 01255 201655 Shrubend Team 01206 747141
West Clacton Team 01255 687150 Monkwick Team 01206 747101
Parent and Carer resources
Take a look at the following leaflet 'Preparing for Primary School'
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