A contract to provide health visiting, school nursing and a range of other services in part of West Yorkshire has been awarded to a group including a foundation trust, a social enterprise and three charities.
The awarding of the Kirklees Integrated Healthy Child Programme contract, which brings together an innovative grouping of services, to a partnership of local providers was announced yesterday.
“This contract signals the start of a more integrated child and family health service”
Working under the name “Thriving Kirklees”, the partnership comprises Locala Community Partnerships, South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, Northorpe Hall, Home-Start and Yorkshire Children’s Centre.
The integrated programme covers a range of support for children and young people’s health and wellbeing from health improvement and prevention, to support and interventions for those with existing or emerging mental health problems.
The new partnership will take responsibility for 11 areas of health provision for children and young people aged between 0 and 19 years – or up to 25 years for disabled children – and their families.
Services covered include health visiting and the family nurse partnership, school nursing, child and adolescent mental health services and children’s weight management service.
“There has been an exciting and innovative approach taken by both commissioner and providers”
Assessment and diagnosis of autistic spectrum conditions and support for children and young people with learning disabilities also form part of the programme.
The contract, which includes services currently worth just over £10m a year, was awarded by Kirklees Council, North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group and Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group, following a consultation and procurement process.
It will commence on 1 April 2017 and is initially for a five-year period, with an option to extend the contract for up to a further five years, said the commissioning organisations.
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Viv Kendrick, the council’s portfolio holder for adults and health, said: “The award of this contract signals the start of a more integrated child and family health service.
“By taking such an innovative approach and joining up this range of provision, we will be able to improve outcomes for young people and families in Kirklees,” she said.
Robert Flack, chief executive of Locala Community Partnerships, which is leading the partnership, said both commissioners and providers had taken an “exciting and innovative approach” and wanted to “work together to deliver the best possible services for children, young people and families”.
Carol Harris, director of specialist and forensic services at South West Yorkshire Partnership, added: “This partnership means we’ll be better placed than ever to make sure services work closely together to provide the best possible mental health care to the young people of Kirklees”.