Public health nurses are school nurses, health visitors and/or midwives. They are registered nurses with specialist knowledge and skills that support individual, family and community interventions to improve health in populations by assessing and responding to local need.
Public health nursing services provide universal support and, due to their close relationships with families and the community through Early Years settings and schools, they are key in supporting Somerset’s Early Help offer, which encompasses early intervention, and the Troubled Families Programme.
In Somerset the School Nursing Service delivers the National Child Measurement Programme and the Immunisation Programme (flu, HPV & meningitis). They also run school-based clinics in secondary settings and support safeguarding and ‘Team Around the Child’ (TAC) meetings.
In Somerset, the Health Visitor Service delivers the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 Years which provides 5 mandated visits (ante-natal, new-born, 12 weeks, 1 year & 2 – 2 ½ years integrated review) for every child in Somerset. They also provide targeted support for children 2-5 years, act as health links to Early Years settings and provide the Young Parents’ Programme.
Public health nursing is provided by Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. For further details of this service go to: www.sompar.nhs.uk