Better Care

New child health programme for Staffs

BCHC has been awarded the contract to deliver a new children and young people’s health and wellbeing programme in Staffordshire.

Following a competitive tendering exercise, commissioners Staffordshire County Council chose BCHC to deliver an integrated suite of services with the scope and flexibility to meet the needs of every child in the county.

The new programme incorporates the implementation of the national Healthy Child Programme for 5- to 19-year-olds and programmes on emotional well-being sexual health, weight management, smoking and drug and alcohol awareness.

It also provides support and advice to other professionals who work with children and young people, for example teachers, social workers and community paediatricians.

The new contract represents the second significant expansion of BCHC school nursing services in little more than a year, after becoming provider of school nursing in Sandwell in April 2014.

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Head of Universal Services for 5- to 19-year-olds Karen Hansford said: “Securing the service to provide the children and young people’s health and wellbeing programme in Staffordshire is another great success for the Trust.

"This contract award is testament to the hard work of the school nursing team and the business development unit to put together a compelling bid based on the excellent reputation the service has already earned.

“Helping children lead happier, healthier lives is the cornerstone of our approach to building healthier communities. We are delighted to have the opportunity to extend the reach of that mission and look forward to working with the children, families and schools in Staffordshire.”