At the Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nursing service the health and well-being of our children, young people, families, communities and staff is an absolute priority. We are monitoring and adapting to the pandemic situation as it unfolds.
We are closely following Government advice and have introduced home working for our staff wherever possible and taking measures to social distance whilst providing other ways to keep contact and support our service users. It is expected to cause some disruption to service but ultimately, we aim to provide help, guidance and support wherever possible especially if you are having difficulty
The Covid-19 situation means that we are all finding new ways to work, and we consider that our services are needed more than ever as families face challenges and uncertain times ahead. Therefore, we will continue to undertake key stage assessments by telephone and some essential contacts will continue to be made as a face to face or home visit but we will contact you by telephone or letter in the first instance.
During the COVID-19 period, we are continuing to provide a service but we have had to make a few changes to how we do this. We will continue to provide assessments at key times but this will be by telephone or video call (where possible) and/or face to face ifrequired:- Antenatal contact Birth contact (after 10 days) baby 6 - 8 week review and 8 -12 month review 2 - 2 1/2 years review are key contacts still taking place using some of the methods descibed.
In addition, and as a result of the impact of the pandemic we are aiming to ensure no health and development needs have been missed by making contact between 3-4 years of age. This includes working closely with early years settings in the borough to ask if any 3-4-year olds attending nursery as part of their Nursery Entitled Funding may need additional support. This will enable any appropriate communication with parents/carers with their agreement, to identify where any additional assessment or support may be required to enable children to be ready to learn and achieve when starting school.
Further support for Children, Young People, Parents and Carers continues to be available for example:- breastfeeding, weaning, bed wetting, child development, emotional difficulties. We may have some restrictions for our practitioners accessing some establishments in the normal ways for safety reasons during the pandemic, auch as schools for example, but we are very much available to support Children, Young People and Families who may have specific needs during this time and may require support either virtually or in person. For all questions and enquiries you can contact us in the following ways:-
Telephone:- To access our service by telephone you can call our Single Point of Access number on 01226 774411 Monday to Thursday 8.45 am to 4.45 pm and Fridays 8.45 am to 4.15 pm (except for Bank Holidays). One of our staff from our telephone answering service will take your details for a member of the Public Health Nursing Team (health visiting or school nursing) to contact you to discuss. Facebook Instant Messenger (IM):- 0-19's Public Health Nursing Service, Barnsley Infant Feeding Service This facility is responded to Monday to Friday 9 am - 4 pm, (except for bank holidays).
Video Calls:- The 0-19's Public Health Nursing Service is now making better use of technology in light of the current coronavirus pandemic and we have introduced video consultation to enable virtual face to face contacts, where you have the technology to use video calling we can arrange this where appropriate.
- antenatal and postnatal support and assisting new parents transition to parenthood
- assessment and support of maternal mental health
- growth and development assessments at key stages of a child’s early development
- advice about common childhood illness and how to manage these
- managing behaviour difficulties including sleeping, eating, potty training and temper tantrums
- advise and support with infant feeding choices, breastfeeding, weaning, healthy nutrition and eating, healthy activity and oral health
- Icon – Support and advice on how to deal with crying babies
- providing advice on safety and accident prevention
- provision of baby clinics and parenting support groups (temporarily ceased due to C19)
- promoting the national screening and immunisation programmes
- working in partnership with families to develop health plans to their needs
- getting ready for school including 3-4-year old reviews
- referrals to specialist services including associate specialist in community paediatrics
- support and interventions to protect vulnerable children and adults, for example child protection and/or domestic violence
The Public Health Nursing Service also visits schools regularly, offering health information, advice and support to pupils, parents and staff, as well as offering health promotion activities in the classroom. They can also see children for individual health assessments if necessary. If you're worried about your child's development, you or your child's teacher can ask for them to be assessed.
- assessment of health needs
- supporting children and young people in schools with complex and additional health and wellbeing needs
- supporting school staff to manage allergies and medical conditions
- health promotion/education activities
- involvement in schools' programme of personal, social and health education (PSHE)
- drop-in health advice sessions for children and young people
- sexual health and contraception advice and helping young people to access local services
- assessment and support for bed wetting
- parenting support, keeping safe and maximising school attendance
- promotion of vaccination and immunisation
- referral to specialist services including associate specialist is community paediatrics
- weighing and measuring children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)
- support with healthy nutrition and eating, healthy activity and lifestyles
- support children and young people’s emotional well being
- safeguarding children and young people
Provision of parent groups and breast-feeding groups have been impacted due to the pandemic but we have looked at innovative ways to continue these and now have closed Facebook groups which deliver antenatal infant feeding education and support programmes and weaning education and we are looking at expanding on these to include other subjects like potty training and managing behaviour etc. A closed post-natal breastfeeding support group has also been set up on Facebook and this is being facilitated by breast feeding peer support volunteers.
Visit Facebook and search for Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service and Barnsley Infant Feeding Team or contact us for more information
Barnsley Public Health Nursing Service works closely with other organisations such as the NHS, GP’s, Midwifery Services, Child Health Services, Schools and other council services such as Family Centres to provide care for children and young people. There may be times when they need to share your information so they can all work together for your benefit and to make sure you receive the help you need. Where additional support from services is needed, with your permission they may share information with these services. Healthcare professionals have a duty to safeguard children, so if a child’s immediate safety or welfare is at risk, information may be shared legally without consent.
For further details on how your information is used by the service, how it is maintained, the security of this and your rights to access information held about you, please refer to the www.barnsley.gov.uk/privacy
Call the Single Point of Access (SPA) number on 01226 774411, lines open Monday to Thursday 8.45am to 4.45pm and Friday 8.45am to 4.15pm
In writing to 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service, PO Box 634, Barnsley S70 9GG email at 0-19HealthTeam@barnsley.gov.uk
You can also contact the service via facebook messenger: https://www.facebook.com/BarnsleyPHNS/