All families with a child under five years of age in Redcar & Cleveland have access to a Health Visiting 0 5 Team consisting of Health Visitors, Health Visitor Staff Nurse, Early Years Practitioners and administrative staff. The Health Visitor Team provides expert health assessments, advice, support and interventions for babies, children and families. Health Visitors in Redcar & Cleveland work closely together with our colleagues in Childrens Centres to provide children and families with an integrated service.
Teams are community-based and are accessible at a range of different venues including the family home and Childrens Centres
Health Visitors are Registered Nurses or Midwives who have an additional qualification in specialist community public health nursing. They are highly skilled in the assessment and co-ordination of support tailored to individual and family needs.
We aim to help build parents confidence in their ability to give their child the best start in life and listen carefully when parents have concerns. We identify and build on what is going well, and provide information to help parents find their own solutions to problems where possible.
We have a Health Visitor linked to each GP practice in the localities in which we work.
We work closely with Midwives, early years colleagues and School Nurses so that children and families with complex health and social care needs are identified early. We then put in place a health assessment and health management plan to support the childs health and development.
When children and families require targeted interventions, these may be provided solely by the Health Visitor Team or delivered in partnership. Common partners for such interventions are Midwives, Children Centres, early years staff, education, or voluntary sector partners. We liaise with the relevant agencies to provide a one team approach.
Healthy Child Programme
The Healthy Child Programme is a public health programme for children, young people and families which focus on early intervention and prevention.
The HCP offers a programme of:
- Screening tests,
- Developmental reviews,
- Information and guidance to support parenting and healthy lifestyle choices
- Healthy Children and getting ready for school
The Healthy Child Programme has five universal contacts:
- Antenatal contact usually after 28weeks in pregnancy this visit provides an opportunity for building a relationship with you and your family before the baby arrives. We will discuss health and wellbeing and preparation for parenthood.
- New birth visit at 10-14 days The aim is to support and develop skills and confidence in new parents by sharing information on family and child health issues. Discuss maternal health and wellbeing
- Contact at 6-8 weeks ongoing support from health visitor, review babies development growth and feeding. Discuss maternal health and wellbeing.
- A child health review/development assessment by one year of age
- A child health review/development assessment by two and a half years of age
Child health clinics are held in most areas in in the community (usually in Childrens Centres). These clinics are open to all families. Your Health Visitor will provide you with details of days, times and venues. Alternatively, please call 01287 612388 or you can check out each locality sure start activity programme by clicking on the relevant area below, which lists all the Health Drop-ins, alongside crèches and breastfeeding support groups.
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For most of us, bringing up children is the most important job we will ever do. It is very rewarding and often challenging. Health visitors are here to help when families need additional support. This is not something that all parents will need.
We work individually with families, using a plan of care that we develop together to give all children the best possible start in life. As part of the plan, families and health visitors may work closely with other professionals, including midwives, GPs, hospital staff; children centre services and social care.
Some common areas of information and support:
- Pregnancy and transition into parenthood
- Infant feeding/ breast feeding support
- Growth and nutrition
- Healthy eating
- Dental health
- Accident prevention
- Safe sleeping
- Speech and language development
- Common childhood illness/infection
- Postnatal depression and emotional wellbeing
Specialist advice and support will also be offered to:
Children in need of protection and their families; children and families in need; foster carers and children who are in care.
SEND Children and Young People up to the age of 25
The 0-19 Health Visitor and School Nurse Service support children and families through early identification and support. Any parent or carer who is worried about their child can contact the main number and speak to a Health Visitor or School Nurse
The team also contributes to the development and review of Education, Health and Care plans for children with a special educational need or disability as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
The service accepts referrals from:
- Midwifery services
- Early Years / Social Care colleagues
- GPs and other professionals
- Self-referral from parents/carers
- Other statutory and voluntary agencies
Service User Experience
The Service positively encourages feedback from families and uses a range of methods to capture and improve their experience https://www.redcar-cleveland.gov.uk/rcbcweb.nsf/web+full+list/46206845e51d146f802570f10045bffc?opendocument
The Health Visiting Service central contact number is 01287 612388
Email address is Health_Visitors@redcar-cleveland.gcsx.gov.uk
The Service can be contacted Monday-Friday 9am-5pm excluding bank holidays.
Locality Manager: Susan Walton
Clinical Lead Central Health Team: Chris Mayo
Clinical Lead East Health Team: Tracy Allison
Clinical Lead West Health Team: Fiona Oliver
Infant Feeding Lead: Sarah Winspear
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