Guidance

Services for children aged 0 to 5: transfer to local authorities

Documents relating to the transfer of public health services for children aged 0 to 5 from the NHS to local authorities.

Documents

Finance factsheet 1: Finance issues

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Mandation factsheet 2: Commissioning the national Healthy Child Programme - mandation of universal healthy child programme assessments/reviews

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Transfer of 0 to 5 children’s public health commissioning to local authorities: baseline agreement exercise

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Minimum floor calculations

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Detail

Health visitor reviews and the transfer of public health services

The planning and commissioning of public health services for children aged 0 to 5 was transferred from the NHS to local authorities in October 2015. Alongside the transfer, regulations require local authorities to make provision for 5 main universal health visitor reviews, which form part of the 0 to 5 Healthy Child Programme. These are the:

  • antenatal health promotion review
  • new baby review, which is the first check after the birth
  • 6 to 8 week assessment
  • 1 year assessment
  • 2 to 2-and-a-half year review

This will help ensure that a universal health visiting service continues, which is essential to supporting the health and wellbeing of families and children at crucial stages of development. This requirement will end after 18 months. A review at 12 months, involving Public Health England, will influence future arrangements.

Documents on this page

The documents on this page include:

  • an overview of the transfer of the 0 to 5 Service from NHS England to local authorities
  • an overview of the National Health Visiting Programme
  • an overview of the Health Visiting and Family Nurse Partnership Services
  • an overview of the changes in how 0 to 5 services are commissioned
  • an explanation of changes to the Health Visiting Service so far
  • a factsheet on the scope of the transfer of 0 to 5 services
  • documents about financial arrangements from October 2015, including factsheets on the timescales for NHS area teams and local authorities in the run up to the transfer
  • mandation factsheets to explain the responsibilities of local authorities after the transfer
  • an equality analysis that examines the impact of plans in relation to the Department of Health’s duties to the Equality Act 2010
  • a factsheet on the relationship between Health Education England and local authorities in relation to workforce planning
  • a data and information factsheet
  • a note to clarify issues relating to registered and resident populations which may be preventing progress from being made

The Department of Health has also published:

More information can be found in NICE guidance on commissioning health visiting services