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Children and young people

It is predicted that both the birth rate and the proportion of women experiencing complications in pregnancy will rise, resulting in an increase in babies requiring specialist neonatal care. In addition, there are concerns about the rise in lifestyle diseases in children and young people, particularly obesity and alcohol use.


The overarching aims of the HEKSS children and young people programme are to improved outcomes for children and young people and in maternity care, by:

  • ensuring the maternity workforce aligns with provider care pathways and that staff have skills to deliver optimal car
  • assessing the demand for school nurses and taking action to meet future needsensuring staff working in children’s services have the skills to provide public health interventions to reduce lifestyle disease
  • increasing the number of health visitors so that the healthy child programme can be delivered effectivel
  • facilitating the development of a paediatric asthma work place assessment tool for GP practices in order that we can design packages of training in response to the needs identifiedworking alongside the strategic clinical
  • network for maternity children and young people to improve care outcomes.
  • Current priorities include:
  • responding to the Royal College of Physician’s report Why Asthma Still Kills – The National Review of Asthma Deaths by developing a training tool in collaboration with GP practices
  • helping growth and transformation in the health visitor workforce by working closely with higher education institutions and supporting them so that the best possible programmes can continue to be delivered
  • working closely with the strategic clinical network for maternity children and young people on workforce initiatives such as paediatric asthma and antenatal scanning to improve outcomes
  • undertaking a scoping project to see what neonatal nurses might need as additional training needs and working with midwives as part of our work to reduce stillbirths.

For more information, please contact programme manager, Rhona Westrip

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