NHS South of England

Children's Public Health Transfer

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Public health commissioning responsibilities for children aged 0-5 transferred from NHS England to local authorities on 1 October 2015. This is the final part of the much larger transfer of public health functions to local government which took place on 1 April 2013 under the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The main programmes to transfer to local government are the 0-5 HCP and the FNP. The key programme for health provision for children under five is ‘The Healthy Child Programme – Pregnancy and the First Five Years of Life’.The FNP is a licensed preventative programme for vulnerable first time young mothers.

The Local Government Association (LGA) briefing outlining the key information for local government can be read here

LGA has also published a briefing (available here) that will help councils to deliver their new statutory responsibility for commissioning children's public health services for children aged 0-5. It contains information about the transfer and the opportunities it brings to join up public health functions for children aged 0-19. 

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