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Help shape school nursing and health visiting services

Published
01.09.2017

Now is your chance to have your say. Families in Gloucestershire are being asked for their input on ideas to develop school nursing and health visiting services in the county.

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Working together with Gloucestershire Care Services NHS trust, the county council is bringing together health visiting and school nursing into a single service for all children aged 0-19 and their families.

As part of this work, there are opportunities to make changes so that the services work better for people. The council wants to hear from parents to be, parents, guardians and young people about what the proposals mean for them.

There are five topics in the survey:

  • Two year old development check –  helping more parents access the check
  • Baby hubs –  helping parents meet other parents and learn from professionals and each other
  • School nursing hubs –  bringing school nursing to more parents, children and young people in the county
  • One to one support – designing a consistent approach to common issues
  • Hearing screening – helping hearing problems to be identified earlier

Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health and communities at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “The work of our public health nurses is much valued and we want to make sure the service they provide remains top quality and easily available for everyone.

“I want to encourage as many people as possible to look at the changes we’re considering and give their feedback to help us design something that really meets people’s needs”

The public consultation is available to complete at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/phn and a dedicated young people’s survey is at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/phnyouth . It is open from 4th September to 19th November.

Paper copies of the survey will be available from libraries and children’s centres.