Cabinet gives go-ahead to consultation on Public Health Nursing Service

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Posted on: 11 January 2017

Devon County Council’s Cabinet has today (Wednesday, January 11) approved a consultation to consider the future arrangements for Public Health Nursing services in Devon.

The consultation will seek the views of the local community and stakeholders on three options for the nationally mandated Public Health Nursing Service, which includes school nurses and health visitors. The service is currently part of an Integrated Children’s Services contract, which comes to an end on 31 March 2018.

Children’s services are currently commissioned jointly on behalf of health and social care commissioners across the County including NEW Devon and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Groups, Devon County Council and NHS England. As well as the Public Health Nursing Service, they include specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and specialist services for Children with Additional Needs or Complex Needs, such as physical and learning disabilities.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for public health, said:  “We are committed to continue our working arrangements to ensure that services for children and young people and their families work effectively together and in the best interests of the children they serve.

“Health visitors and school nurses will continue to deliver the high standard of services across Devon, and in the same way as other Public Health Nursing Services up and down the country, so there would be no change to the scope of services being provided as a result of the consultation.  However, the consultation will provide an opportunity to hear the views of local people.”

The consultation will end on 22 February 2017.  The County Council’s Cabinet will consider feedback from the consultation and decide which approach to take on future arrangements at its meeting on 8 March.

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