South Warwickshire Foundation Trust wins new Health Visiting contract to support young families in Warwickshire

Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce that the Health Visiting contract has been won by South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT).

The Health Visiting service plays a key role in supporting families from during pregnancy until starting school. The service has a universal offer for all families of regular contacts, with further support available for those who may need additional help.

The new service design is part of Warwickshire County Council’s Smart Start programme and aims to protect and promote the health and wellbeing of children and their families through the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme with prevention and early intervention at the heart.

The Health Visiting service (which also includes Family Nurse Partnership and Stop Smoking in Pregnancy) aims to:

  • help parents develop and sustain a strong bond with children;
  • encourage care that keeps children healthy and safe;
  • protect children from serious disease, through screening and immunisation;
  • reduce childhood obesity by promoting breastfeeding, healthy eating and physical activity;
  • reduce smoking in pregnancy rates and support families to maintain smoke-free environments;
  • identify health issues early, including parent, infant and child mental health, so support can be provided in a timely manner;
  • ensure children are prepared for and supported in all child care, early years and education settings and are supported to be ‘ready to learn at two, and ready for school by five’

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “We look forward to working with South Warwickshire Foundation Trust on the service transformation to deliver the best start in life for Warwickshire families and children. This is a positive outcome from Warwickshire’s smart start strategy aimed at delivering the best services in partnership with health for our 0-5 year olds with emphasis on the first critical 1000 days of a child’s life. This outcome based contract will be monitored by our scrutiny committees to ensure it delivers the best service to our residents.”

Warwickshire County Council has been responsible for commissioning this service since October 2015, with the recent tender process running from June 2017. The contract has been awarded to South Warwickshire Foundation Trust for two years, commencing 1st April 2018.