Healthy Child Programme (West Sussex)

Healthy Child Programme (HCP) teams lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme, providing services from pregnancy to age 19. The HCP is the universal 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 to the end of formal schooling.

HCP teams cover geographical areas with links to children’s centres, schools and doctor's surgeries. The teams comprise of Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (nurses/midwives with an additional degree level qualification in public health; often referred to as health visitors and school nurses), Registered Nurses, Community Nursery Nurses, School Health Assistants and administrative support.

Specialist Community Public Health Nurses play a crucial role in ensuring that children, young people and families get good, joined up support. For example, providing support to new mothers with feeding and transition into parenthood, identifying a child's speech or language problem that would benefit from early help, reviewing child development and supporting vulnerable young people with emotional health issues. Additionally the teams provide school entry vision, hearing screening and growth measurements at school entry and regular drop in services.

The HCP team can support children, young people and families with a variety of issues, including:

  • Feeding and nutrition
  • Behaviour and Sleep management
  • Parenting issues
  • Maternal mental health
  • Emotional health
  • Child protection issues

The teams work in partnership with other agencies to develop and deliver plans of care to the most vulnerable children and families.


West Sussex

How To Access

Families can access the HCP teams by a variety of routes - themselves, through children’s centres, schools 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. Additionally, young people can access the service using text to ‘ChatHealth’ on 07480 635424.


The Healthy Child Programme is not an emergency service, and does not have an ‘out of hours’ service.

Contact Details

Infant Feeding Team
Room 65 Zachery Merton Hospital
Glenville Road
Rustington BN16 2EA
Tel: 01903 858129

Crawley (East)
Pound Hill Family and Children Centre
Pound Hill
Crawley Lane
Crawley RH10 7EB
Tel: 01293 227809

Crawley (South)
Broadfield Children & Family Centre
Creasys Drive
Crawley RH11 9HJ
Tel: 01273 666476

Mid Sussex (North)
East Grinstead Health Centre
St Michael's Road
East Grinstead RH19 3JS
Tel: 01342 325513

Mid Sussex (South)
Sidney West Primary Care Centre
Laylands Road
Burgess Hill RH15 8HS
Tel: 01273 696011 ext.6605

Horsham (North)
Rose Wing, Horsham Hospital
Hurst Road
Horsham RH12 2DR
Tel: 01403 620 450

Horsham (South)
Little Footsteps Children and Family Centre
24-26 West Street
Storrington RH20 4EE
Tel: 01273 696011 ext.4524

Adur (Shoreham/Lancing)
Unit 3, The Quadrant
60 Marlborough Road
Lancing Business Park
Lancing BN15 8UW
Tel: 01273 696011 ext.1555

Worthing (East)
Unit 3, The Quadrant
60 Marlborough Road
Lancing Business Park
Lancing BN15 8UW
Tel: 01273 696011 ext.6160

Worthing (West)
Durrington Children and Family Centre
81 Salvington Road
Worthing BN13 2JD
Tel: 01273 696011 ext.2566

Arun Littlehampton
Zachary Merton Hospital
Glenville Road
Rustington BN16 2EB
Tel: 01903 858129

Bognor (Central)
The Treehouse Children and Family Centre
1 Laburnum Grove
Bognor Regis PO22 9HT
Tel: 01243 793696

Rural West
Arundel Lodge
Chichester Road
Arundel BN18 OAB
Tel: 01903 276999

2nd Floor, Bicentennial Building
Southern Gate
Terminus Road
Chichester PO19 8EZ
Tel: 01273 666451

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm

How to find us

Please see above for contact details.

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