Local authorities mandated to commission health visiting services

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29 / 8 / 2014 10.13am

From 1 October 2015, the responsibility for commissioning children’s public health services, including health visiting services, will transfer from NHS England to local authorities.

The Department of Health will initially make it mandatory for local authorities to provide health visiting services in five key areas when they take over the role of commissioning the services:

  • antenatal health promoting reviews
  • new baby reviews
  • six to eight week assessments
  • one year assessments
  • two to two and a half year reviews.

Find out more about plans for the transfer of health visiting commissioning, and what they mean for you on our health visitor workforce hub.

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