SCHOOL nurses and health visitors are to be amalgamated into a new streamlined service to help families’ access one-stop healthcare in Rotherham.
The Rotherham 0-19 Integrated Public Health Nursing Service – or 0-19 service – combines previously separate services such as school nursing, health visiting and oral health promotion.
The aim is for families and children to access a seamless service – accessing just one health professional, instead of many.
The new provision, run by the Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, is a result of extensive consultation with families, including children. It will start from April 1.
Tracey Armstrong, Deputy Head of Nursing – Children’s Services said: “We’ve listened to feedback from patients and looked at examples of best practice to develop our new service. It will allow us to provide a much better service to families and young people across Rotherham with a higher level of continuity of care.
“Previously separate services have been brought together so that, in the majority of cases, families will only have to see one professional instead of multiple specialists.”
As part of Rotherham’s child friendly approach, young people had the opportunity to shape the identity of the new service with a logo competition where they were encouraged to unleash their creative streaks. The winner was 13-year-old Wickersley School and Sports College pupil Mia Jeffery, who will now see her logo design used across all of the service’s communications including online, social media as well as on posters and leaflets.
She said: “It is so great to have won this competition and being able to see my design used in this way. I think it’s important for children to have been involved in these service changes as they will be the one accessing them.”
As part of the developments, the service will have a dedicated Facebook page to keep the public updated with news and events from the service as well as being a source of general health messages.
The service has also planned a week of events in May to raise the service’s profile amongst families and young people in Rotherham, with an official launch event being held for stakeholders and partners on Wednesday 3 May.
For more information about The Rotherham 0-19 Integrated Public Health Nursing Service visit www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/0-19
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Pictured – Mia Jeffery, 0-19 logo competition winner.
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