Public Health Services


Health Visiting


Health visitors are specialist public health trained nurses who hold qualifications and skills in child health and development, who offer support for pregnant women and families with children below school age.

Health Visiting (St Helens) - Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust ( 


School Nursing


School Nursing Service is available to all children and young people aged five to 19. The Teams deliver the Healthy Child Programme by promoting good health, preventing ill-health and providing services to do with physical and emotional health, including sexual health.

School Nursing (St Helens) - Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (  

Enhancing Families Programme

The Enhancing Families Programme will replace the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) in St Helens for families requiring additional support..

The criteria for the programme includes:

  • Isolated and or unsupported teenager
  • Current mental health concerns
  • Current drugs and or alcohol misuse
  • Current concerns of domestic abuse in relationship
  • Looked after child or care leaver

As there is no parental upper age limit, the programme will have a wider reach and subsequent positive impact within the borough. Clients should be less than 32 weeks gestation at the time of referral and can access the programme for up to two years. The client can also return to the 0-19+ Health and Wellbeing Service (Healthy Child provision) at any point should they complete the interventions or decline further input.

Enhancing Families Programme - St Helens - Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (

Vaccinations and


We provide the routine national immunisation programme for school-aged children in St Helens. You can find out which immunisations your child needs, by visiting NHS Choices.

Vaccination and Immunisation Service :: Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust 


Specialist Vision Screening


The Orthoptic Department provides expert assessment and treatment of childhood vision defects for CYP with additional needs

Vision Screening in Special Educational Needs (SEN) Schools Leaflet

National Child
Measurement Programme


The National Child Measurement Programme is delivered by the school nursing teams in St Helens as part of the healthy child programme

School Nursing (St Helens) - Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (  


Infant Feeding


The service offers a professional and caring approach to supporting mothers and families who wish to begin and continue breastfeeding for as long as they wish.

Infant Feeding Service (St Helens) - Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust (

Children’s Specialist Weight Management Service


Support for children and families to eat healthier and exercise more through fun and engaging sessions offering nutritional information and exercise and games. 

Children’s Well-Being Service


St Helens Wellbeing service makes it easier to access a wide range of healthy living and wellbeing support through a ’one stop shop’. They have joined up services that provide advice and help with healthy eating, exercise, weight management, stopping smoking, breastfeeding, emotional and social wellbeing, oral health and volunteering.