31 Aug 2021

From Wednesday 1 September 2021, the Healthy Child Programme in St Helens, which includes Health Visiting, School Nursing and an Enhanced Service replacing the Family Nurse Partnership (FNP), will be provided by Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust. These services are part of a new 0-19 Health and Wellbeing Service.

Wirral Community Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust willl provide these new services for people in St Helens.

The Trust currently delivers the Healthy Child Programme, locally referred to as the 0-19 / 0-19+ Health and Wellbeing Service, in Wirral and Cheshire East, providing care and support for over 154,000 children, young people and their families. From birth to adulthood the teams support young families to have the best possible start in life and have a huge impact on the long-term health of local young people and children.

Local parents, carers and young people will continue to see the same health professionals in their local community and should not experience any disruption to their dedicated care and support they already receive.

Health Visiting and School Nursing Services will continue to be delivered across St Helens. The School Nursing Service will be launching ChatHealth - a confidential NHS approved, text messaging service for young people aged 11-19. Delivered by School Nurses, young people in St Helens will be able to access a range of advice and support.

The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) programme is being replaced by an alternative pathway to enable more families to access support. Over the coming months, Family Nurses will be working with families to support their individual needs and make sure they continue to receive the services they require.  You can find out more information about this here  

You can also find out more information via the dedicated children and young people’s website.