Health Visiting (West Sussex)

Health visiting is a universal ill health prevention and health promotion service offered to all families with children under the age of five years in their own homes and in community settings such as children's centres.

Health visiting teams lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme (HCP), providing services covering pregnancy and the first five years of life. The HCP is the evidence-based public health programme for children and young people, which provides a range of health interventions and support beginning in pregnancy and continuing through early childhood. Health visitors can play a crucial role in ensuring that families get good, joined up support at the start of life. A health visitor can, for example, provide clinical intervention to a depressed mother struggling with a new baby; or identify a child's speech or language problem that would benefit from early help. These are just two examples of many areas where health visitors can provide support and information to help parents to access available services.

Health visiting teams cover geographical areas with links to doctor's surgeries.

The teams comprise Health Visitors (nurses/midwives with an additional qualification in public health), Community Nursery Nurses, Registered Practitioners (qualified nurses/midwives) and clerical support.

The Health visiting team support families with a variety of issues, including:

  • Feeding and nutrition

  • Behaviour management

  • Parenting issues

  • Maternal mental health

  • Child protection issues

Coverage

Adur, Arundel, Billingshurst, Bognor Regis, Burgess Hill, Chichester, Cowfold, Crawley, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Henfield, Horsham, Lancing, Littlehampton, Loxwood, Middleton, Midhurst, Petworth, Pulborough, Selsey, Shoreham, Southbourne, Steyning, Storrington, Worthing

How To Access

Families can access the health visiting service by a variety of routes - themselves, through children’s centres or doctor’s surgeries.No referral is necessary – any woman who is pregnant will automatically have contact with her health visitor, as should families with young children who move into West Sussex.Health visiting is not an emergency service, and does not have an ‘out of hours’ service.

Contact Details

See the contact list for all our Health Visiting Team across West Sussex

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm

How to find us

See our hospitals and clinics list for locations of each of our centres

More information

Find a local NHS health service
Pregnancy and Baby Care information on NHS Choices
West Sussex Children and Family Centre on the West Sussex County Council website