SOUTH Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust is aiming to give children the best start in life.
The trust announced its plans to launch Solihull’s Healthy Child Programme Service, supported by Solihull Borough Council.
The scheme focuses on five key areas ranging from pregnancy up to the age of 19, and includes:
•Health visiting – leading the Healthy Child Programme from pregnancy to age five.
•Healthy Start Vitamins Scheme – helping children get the vitamins they need.
•Infant feeding – a specialist team to support mothers with breastfeeding and provide expert guidance on infant nutrition.
•Family nurse partnership – a specially trained team provide home-visiting to young mums.
•School nursing – providing health advice and care to children and young people aged five to 19 years.
Some of the areas are already in practice with health visiting services across Warwickshire and school nursing services already in place in Coventry. Both offer support for a variety of issues such as behavioural, diet and addiction.
Children, Young People and Family Services manager Rachel Tompkins said: “We are really proud to be providing Solihull’s Healthy Child Programme. We have been working closely with Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and understand their vision for a service that is child and family focused.
“We’re looking forward to welcoming staff from current service providers Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and are confident that their knowledge and experience will further strengthen our team.”