Shropcom celebrates after winning Healthy Child Programme tender bid

Jun 07, 2019

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust staff are celebrating after being awarded the contract for the Healthy Child Programme 0-19 Service, covering Telford and Wrekin.

The five year contract aims to improve the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families by providing expert advice, guidance and support.

The Telford 0-19 Healthy Child Programme team, who will be delivering the contract, is made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses and Family Nurses.

Jo Gregory, Head of Nursing & Quality said: “We are very excited about being chosen to continue to deliver the Healthy Child Programme Service within Telford & Wrekin. Our committed team has a vast range of expertise and experience which will help us to improve outcomes and empower children and families.

“We will particularly be focusing on child development and school readiness, parenting skills, child and family health and life chances.

“We look forward to working with our partner agencies and other local community services to provide a new innovative and integrated service that will have a real impact on the lives of children and families in the Telford and Wrekin area.”

Jan Ditheridge, Chief Executive, at Shropcom, added: “We have an experienced and dedicated team of care professionals working with young people right across the borough of Telford & Wrekin.

“I am delighted that this has been recognised during the tender process, and that the team have been chosen to continue the good work they have been delivering for a number of years.

“The new contract will mean the introduction of some new ways of working, and we are confident that these will bring about excellent health outcomes for all of our service users.”

Andy Burford, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Telford and Wrekin Council, said: “The Healthy Child Programme is an important service for Telford and Wrekin families, offering expert information, advice, guidance and support to ensure every child gets the best start in life. The service will provide support to mothers with feeding and transition into parenthood, reviewing child development and supporting vulnerable young people.

“I am delighted that Shropshire Community NHS Health Trust will be delivering this service which will make an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of our families and our communities. The success of the programme depends on working together with partners such as Telford and Wrekin Council, the voluntary sector and Clinical Commissioning Group to ensure the service is responsive, relevant and easy to access.”