Children's Public Health Transfer
Date published: 2015-10-08T00:00:00
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.