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Consultation on the Health Visiting and School Nursing Service

This consultation gave you the chance to have your say on the review of our Health Visiting and School Nursing Service.


Our growing healthy service (which includes health visiting and school nursing service) works with all families across County Durham both in their homes and within communities and education settings.

We are currently in the process of reviewing the effectiveness and quality of delivery of the service.

What the services do

Health visitors

Health visitors lead and co-ordinate the universal Healthy Child Programme, starting in pregnancy and throughout the first five years of the child's life. The Healthy Child Programme is a public health programme for children, young people and families which focuses on early intervention and prevention. The health visitors work with parents and early years settings to offer a programme of information, advice and support in relation to parenting and healthy lifestyle choices.

School nurses

School nurses provide a service to all children and young people of school age, and their families, whether or not they are attending school. The service is based on the Healthy Child Programme from 5-19 years old. They offer advice and information and assess health needs on children entering school and on transfer to secondary schools.

More information about Growing Healthy County Durham and Icon for pdf Health Visitors and School Nurses consultation supporting information (PDF, 84.4kb) .

Emotional resilience nurses

Resilience nurses support mental health and focus on training, supporting and supervising the school nurses and school staff. They work alongside school nurses to offer community drop in support in relation to emotional wellbeing of children and young people.

What we consulted on

We consulted on the review of the service that is currently being delivered, to make sure the new contract reflects the needs of children and young people.

Have your say

The closing date for comments was 5.00pm on Wednesday 18 September 2019.

Next steps

Thank you for contributing to the review of the health visiting and school nursing service. 570 responses have been analysed and submitted for consideration. The findings from the analysis will help us to provide a health visiting and school nursing service which meets the needs of children, young people and their families in County Durham.

Contact us
Public Health
03000 264 109
Our address is:
  • County Hall
  • Adult and Health Services
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 5UJ
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