Warwickshire School Health and Wellbeing Service continues in the right direction

Warwickshire County Council has appointed health and wellbeing charity Compass to provide the region’s School Health and Wellbeing Service . This confidential school nursing service supports children and young people to be healthy and well, working in partnership with schools, parents, carers and other professionals.

Compass is the current provider of the service in Warwickshire which delivers preventative and universal public health programmes in schools across the county, as well as in youth centres, children’s centres, homes and elsewhere.

It also provides advice on a wide range of health topics from healthy eating; friendships and bullying; to parenting, fussy eating, anxiety and sleep.

The service is delivered by nurses and healthcare support workers and is freely available to all school-aged children and young people from 5 to 19 years old (up to 25 years old for people with special educational needs) and their families and carers.

The County Council commissions the School Health and Wellbeing Service as part of its public health responsibility to improve the health and wellbeing of children and young people in Warwickshire. Compass won the contract following a competitive procurement exercise, including a public consultation and service evaluation which took place between July and October 2018.

Councillor Les Caborn, Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care & Health said:

“In Warwickshire we put children and young people at the heart of all we do, ensuring they are given the support they need to keep healthy and well – vital in supporting them to go on to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Over the past four years, Compass has worked closely with our children, young people and families about the best ways to deliver meaningful services. It adapts to feedback received, for example, introducing a text messaging service for parents and teens, to increase choice in how the School Health and Wellbeing team can be accessed. I’m delighted to announce that Compass has been successful in retaining the contract and we look forward to working with them to further develop the service based on the great foundations put in place so far.”

Rachel Bundock, Compass Chief Executive and Executive Director said:

“Compass is delighted to have this opportunity to continue delivering this very important and much valued service. We have established some fantastic partnerships over the last four years which contributed significantly to the service’s success. We are very much looking forward to working with our partners over the coming months to implement the next phase of the service.”

The new contract will run from 1 November 2019 – 31 October 2022, following the end of the current contract on the 31 October 2019.

The School Health and Wellbeing Service follows Warwickshire Safeguarding Children’s Board policies and procedures and forms part of multi-agency services for children, young people and families where there are child protection or safeguarding concerns.

Based in York, Compass provides a similar service in region’s across the UK For more information on the service in Warwickshire visit: https://www.compass-uk.org/services/warwickshire-school-health-wellbeing-service/