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Health visiting and school nursing

In Kirklees Health Visitors and School Nursing are a part of the Thriving Kirklees 0-19 Team 

Health Visitors and School Nurses work together to support child development and promote the health of children, young people and families.  Locally this is referred to as the Locala 0-19 service. 

They aim to help people to stay healthy, support wellbeing and avoid illness.  Health visitors and School Nurses are registered nurses or midwives who have undertaken additional specialist training in community public health nursing. Clinical services are provided by qualified Health Visitors and School Nurses. They are supported by Child Development Practitioners, Staff Nurses and support staff.

Support and advice is offered on the following:

  • Infant feeding (breastfeeding, bottle feeding and introducing solids)
  • Self-weigh clinics and Well Baby Clinics
  • Healthy lifestyle and healthy eating advice
  • Behavioural support – including sleeping, potty training and temper tantrums
  • Support with school readiness.
  • Emotional support with any aspect of parenting including postnatal depression, violence within the family and bereavement.
  • Helping parents and young people boost their confidence, self-esteem and improve mental health wellbeing
  • Working in partnership with families to develop and tailor health plans to their needs
  • Immunisation programmes
  • The transition from primary to secondary school
  • Medical issues that are affecting a child’s education.
  • TK Parents – online courses to help families and anyway helping to give children and young people the best start in life.
  • In addition, for new parents and parents-to-be, there’s a range of advice available through our “Resources for new parents” section of the Thriving Kirklees website. Their child's growth and development
  • Referral and sin posting to other services and support where required.

The Locala 0-19 team deliver the NHS Healthy Child Programme.

For children aged 0-5 this involves the following:

  • Antenatal visit - Aimed to be carried out from 32 weeks onwards
  • New Birth visit - Completed within the first month following birth
  • 6-8 week - Continual assessment of the well-being of Mother and Child/ Family
  • Pre One Year Review - Aimed to be carried out between 7 months and 1 year
  • Two Year Review - Aimed to be carried out between 2 and 2 and half years

For children aged 5-19 this involves the following:

  • Health review in reception year including growth monitoring (height and weight), vision screening and hearing (where required)
  • Year 6 growth monitoring (height and weight)

We can also offer non-judgemental advice on a range of public health issues including:

  • Smoking
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Sexual Health
  • Obesity and healthy eating

Preparation for parenthood sessions

To access Locala 0-19 Team please use the Locala single point of contact - 0300 304 5555

You can also get advice, help and support from Thriving Kirklees via Chat Health - please click the image below for more information, or go to the Chat Health Local Offer page.

 

FNP is a specialist part of the Thriving Kirklees service that is specifically for young parents. The team is made up of 4 nurses and a supervisor. FNP offer a unique and personalised approach to any young mum and dad who are identified as being eligible for the service. 

The PRU role is also a special service for children who are not attending a mainstream school.  Our nursing team of 2 nurses and a community development practitioner provide health assessments for school aged children and can offer support, education and guidance on wide variety of issues.

We have a team of 2 nurses and a number of peer support volunteers who are trained to provide specialist infant feeding support and advice over and above the routine things that the 0-19 practitioner would be able to provide. 

Last updated: 12/10/2020

Useful links

Thriving Kirklees 0-19 team (health visiting and school nursing)

Thriving Kirklees

Locala Health Visiting

Locala