Sutton’s Healthy Child Programme is to be brought in house by Sutton Council

Published Tuesday, 17th July 2018

Services will be run by Sutton Council from April 2019

Sutton’s Healthy Child Programme, which provides services including health visiting, school nursing, the National Child Measurement Programme and the family healthy lifestyles offer, is to be brought in house by Sutton Council. 

The programme is currently provided by the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. Following a decision approved at the Strategy and Resources committee meeting on 16 July these services will be run by Sutton Council from April 2019. 

Sutton Council is grateful to the Royal Marsden for the high quality of provision delivered to the people of Sutton in recent years and would like to reassure residents that they will see no changes to front line services during this period of transition.

Bringing these services in house will give Sutton Council the opportunity to develop the range of children’s services delivered in the borough, both in house (e.g. Children’s Centres, Early Help) and by other agencies. 

The council will work closely with its partners in the Sutton Health and Care Provider Alliance (SHC Alliance) to design the most effective range of services for children, prioritising those who need the most help and support to reach their full potential.

Imran Choudhury, Director of Public Health for Sutton, said: “We value the vast experience and expertise of our health visitors, school nurses and other staff currently working for the Royal Marsden and we know how much they can bring to local service delivery and innovation. Their recent contribution in developing perinatal mental health support services is a fantastic example of their commitment to improving provision for families in Sutton.”

Daniel Elkeles, Chief Executive of Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust (a member of the Sutton Health and Care Alliance), said: “Through the Sutton Health and Care Alliance, we are bringing together increasing numbers of our health and care professionals to develop, design and deliver services which meet the needs of the local population now and in the future"

Notes: 

More information on Sutton Health and Care: 
https://moderngov.sutton.gov.uk/documents/s54564/Sutton%20Health%20and%20Care%20CCG%20presentation.pdf

Statement: future of community services in Sutton:
https://www.sutton.gov.uk/news/article/260/future_of_community_services_in_sutton