Healthy Futures Team

Acting early to enhance outcomes for children

The Healthy Futures Team is a newly commissioned 0-19 Specialist Public Health Nursing Service (health visiting and school nursing). It utilises an early intervention model to improve health outcomes and reduce inequalities for families facing disadvantage in Brighton & Hove.

The team will deliver the Healthy Child Programme (0-19) to families meeting following criteria;

  • Antenatal mothers who are under 18 at conception
  • Anyone subject to a pre-birth child protection conference that is not already known to the public health community nursing service. Consideration will be given to those undergoing a pre-birth Strengthening Families Assessment.
  • A parent with a history of being Looked After that is not already known to the public health community nursing service.
  • Refugees, Asylum seekers, undocumented migrants and Travellers and those in emergency housing (including the women’s refuge) who are pregnant or with a child under the age of 19 that is not already known to the public health community nursing service
  • Migrant families housed in temporary on-campus accommodation provided by the University of Sussex who are pregnant or with a child under the age of 19 that is not already known to the public health community nursing service
  • Children registered as home educated
  • Children missing education or educated other than at school
  • Children excluded from school and within the Pupil Referral Unit
  • Children who are registered as young carers and not in local authority education

The team includes Specialist Public Health Nurses for BAME families and Travellers, Teenage Parents and a Senior School Nurse as well as Health Visitors and Healthy Child Practitioners. 

The Healthy Futures Team will:

  • Provide a city-wide service enabling continuity of care to families with specific vulnerabilities, predominantly at Healthy Child Programme  universal partnership plus level
  • Offer early assessment and intervention at the point of referral into the team, promoting positive parenting and reducing the impact of disadvantage on families
  • Develop an intensive 0-19 service, delivering the five core health visiting contacts and progressive intensive support and interventions with families
  • Deliver a service focused on the health visiting and school nursing high-impact areas
  • Work towards the ongoing development of the Healthy Futures Team service, including specific pathways and interventions
  • Act as a specialist resource for colleagues in the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme service

 

Referrals should be made via the ‘Healthy Futures Team’ email SC-TR.healthyfuturesteam@nhs.net and will be triaged by the Clinical Service Manager

You can also call the team to discuss a family on 01273 666484