Child Health Improvement Team (West Sussex) Health4Families Programme

The overall aim of the Child Health Improvement Team is to improve the health outcomes for children from conception to five years and their families living in West Sussex targeting the most vulnerable.

Improvement in health outcomes is achieved by our team supporting the integrated Children’s Workforce (health services, early years, private and voluntary sector) to deliver the Health4Families Programme (H4FP); an evidenced based framework of standards drawn from government and local public health policy. The H4FP also includes locally developed Action Plans that focus on improving locally identified public health outcomes that most affect young children and their families.

The key public health strategies focus on the following areas:

  • Infant feeding – promoting Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative
  • Healthy eating and healthy weight – reducing obesity
  • Promoting physical activity
  • Improving the oral health of children
  • Improving the emotional health and wellbeing
  • Improving the emotional health and wellbeing of parents and carers
  • Improving children's speech, language and communication
  • Reducing teenage pregnancy rates and supporting young parents
  • Reducing alcohol and substance misuse
  • Increasing smoking cessation
  • Increasing child immunisation rates
  • Reducing childhood accidents
  • Reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome

Implementation of the H4FP will achieve requirements for the Healthy Child Programme, Care Quality Commission, OFSTED, School Readiness and Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.

The Child Health Improvement Team supports the Children’s Workforce by coordinating and facilitating integrated training, interpreting health data profiles, developing and disseminating policies and pathways and identifying health resources to promote good practice endorsing the philosophy of one message, many voices.

Coverage

West Sussex

How To Access

Our service directly supports the Children’s Workforce in their work with the children and families of West Sussex.

Contact Details

Andrea Donnelly
Child Health Improvement Programme Manager
Child Health Improvement Team
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Children Services
Email: andrea.donnelly@nhs.net

Laurie Goodhead
Child Health Improvement Specialist, Health Visitor
Child Health Improvement Team
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
Email: laurie.goodhead@nhs.net

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm

How to find us

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More information

Resources that support the H4FP

H4FP Public Health Campaigns

Additional Resources