Welcome to Essex 5-19 Children’s Public Health Team in Chelmsford
The 5-19 Public Health Service is made up by a collection of different professionals. Together we work to promote the health and wellbeing of school aged children.
We work in partnership to deliver the Healthy Child Programme, this is a national Department of Health initiative aimed at promoting health and wellbeing for all children in order for them to reach their full potential.
More about us
Our services include:
- National Child Measurement Programme Supporting schools to obtain Healthy Schools Status
- Supporting schools with care plans for children with specific medical needs
- Safeguarding and support for children in need
- Delivering training for school staff for medical conditions
- Community and school drop-ins
- Health promotion, education and training
- Support and delivery of PSHE within school curriculum
- School health needs assessments
- Bed wetting support
- Signposting and onward referral to other services
- Supporting schools to reduce pupil absence
What do we do?
After your child has turned 5, our team directly take over the care of your child from the health visitor.
In your child’s reception year, a member of the 5-19 Public Health team will review your child’s health needs in accordance with the Healthy Child Programme. As part of this service we will invite you to participate in a Health Needs Assessment Questionnaire and subsequently offer your child:
- A height and weight check
- Basic vision test
- Hearing test if there is a concern identified
- Onward referral to specialist services
- Ongoing support & guidance throughout your child’s school years
All children, young people and parents/carers/guardians have access to the school nursing team.
Please type in your starting point in the box below to give you directions to the service location.
The 5-19 Public Health Team provides a completely confidential service. Anything that is discussed will not be shared with the school or anyone else without your permission, unless the welfare of your child is at risk. From time to time we may encourage you to share particular health information with the school or other health professionals, where it is in your child’s best interest.
Your child’s records
Any information held about your child is kept securely in a file or on electronic information systems. We use the information to:
- Record important health and social care information
- Help professionals to care for your child
- Provide appropriate support and care to children, young people and families
- Develop and improve services and measure how well we are doing
We will only share information about a child/young person with your consent unless required by law or the data is anonymised. However in some circumstances, when we feel that your child or others are at risk, we may share information without consent. More information on how we use health records.
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Our commitment to your child
Virgin Care takes your dignity and privacy very seriously and we will at all times respect your confidentiality. Please treat our staff with respect so we can provide you with the very best care we can. Click here to find out more about your rights and responsibilities.
Your opinion really matters to us
Please let us know if you have a comment, a compliment or a complaint by filling out one of our feedback forms or telling a member of the team. Alternatively, if you would like to make an official complaint you can find out more from our How to make a complaint section.