New children’s health and wellbeing service to launch in April

Posted on: 13 March 2019

A partnership of local NHS trusts and social enterprises will deliver children’s community health and wellbeing services in Devon from 1 April.

The Devon Children and Families Alliance (The Alliance) was awarded the 23.8 million-a-year contract, of which Devon County Council contributes £1.6m. The contract is for seven years, with an option to extend it for a further three years.

The Alliance includes the six main providers in the county: Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, Devon Partnership NHS Trust, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, and Livewell Southwest (a community interest company).

The contract covers services previously provided by Virgin Care as part of ‘Integrated Children’s Services’. These include child and adolescent community Mental Health Services (CAMHs), learning disability services, palliative care, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and specialist children’s assessment centres. Work is underway to ensure a seamlessly transfer services and staff.

The Alliance will build on improvements made by Virgin Care, working closely with partner organisations to provide an integrated service with children, young people and families at its heart.

7 comments on “New children’s health and wellbeing service to launch in April

  1. Sheila Edwards Honiton Health Matters says:

    Honiton Health Matters have organized a ‘community conversation’ on 4th April at the Beehive in Honiton to look at Young People’s Mental Health in and around Honiton. You are cordially invited to attend this networking event. The hope is that a Young People’s Mental Health Forum will evolve and you need to be part of it.

    • louise raymond says:

      Thank you. I’ve passed your invitation on to young people’s mental health commissioners.

  2. Cllr. Mike Jones says:

    An excellent way forward; I hope this is confirmed in November

  3. Nenny Wright says:

    Great to be kept in the loop of what will be happening.

    Will School Nurses be part of the package?

    • louise raymond says:

      Hi Nenny – no, school nurses and health visiting service are part of the Public Health Nursing Service which will be delivered by Devon County Council.

  4. Pete Squire says:

    When I was one of Devons first three Area Managers for Integrated Childrens Services in 2008; we included Social Care with its core Child Protection Work and Looked After ChildrenServices along with Education with special need Schools as well as all the Health Services mentioned. Apart from the last service I mentioned none of the others seem to feature in your “Alliance”

    • louise raymond says:

      Hi Pete – these services you mention are provided by Devon County Council, rather than as part of the new children’s health and wellbeing service contract, but it goes without saying that all these services for children and families will work closely together to promote the best outcomes for children.

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