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Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service

Barnsley 0-19 Public Health Nursing Service is a universal service provided to children and young people aged 0-19 years.  The service prioritises children, young people and their families’ health and wellbeing.

The skill mix team of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (Health Visitors and School Nurses), Public Health Nurses, Child Development Practitioners, Public Health and Infant Feeding Support Workers focus on collaborative working in partnership with parents, carers and other agencies to optimise children, young people and families health and wellbeing.

Service's offered in a child's early life stages

  • 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
  • providing advice on safety and accident prevention
  • provision of baby clinics and parenting support groups
  • promoting the national screening and immunisation programmes
  • working in partnership with families to develop health plans to their needs
  • getting ready for school
  • referrals to specialist services including associate specilaist in community paediatrics
  • support and interventions to protect vulnerable children and adults, for example child protection and/or domestic violence

Early Life Stage Useful Links

How they can help schools and school age children and young people

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
  • training of 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

School Age Children and Young People Useful Links

Parent Support Group

Come along to our support group every Thursday morning 9:30 - 11:00 at Lundwood Family Centre.

No appointment necessary, just call in and see how we can help you.

Working with you

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. 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

How to contact the service

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

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