The ‘Healthy Child Programme’ (HCP) is the main universal health service for improving the health and wellbeing of children, through:
- health and development reviews
- health promotion
- parenting support
- screening and immunisation programmes
From 1 October 2015, local authorities will take over responsibility from NHS England for planning and paying for public health services for babies and children up to 5 years old. These services include:
- health visiting
- the Family Nurse Partnership programme
Public Health England commissioned a rapid review of new evidence to:
- support this transition
- ensure that the HCP is underpinned by resilient, up-to-date evidence of ‘what works’, as the programme was last updated in 2009
Over the coming months, PHE will be publishing tailored briefings for health visitors and local authorities as a supplement to the rapid review paper.
Appendices providing details of the search and review process, data extraction tables for systematic reviews and primary studies will be made available in due course.