Hull 0-19 Integrated Public Health Nursing Service (IPHNS)

We believe that every child is entitled to the best possible start in life.

The Team

The Hull 0-19 IPHN Service is delivered and lead through the Healthy Child Programme. It offers a comprehensive programme of screening, developmental reviews, information, and guidance to support parenting and healthy choices which enhance a child or young person's life chances.

From the start of your pregnancy through to your child reaching 19 years (25 years if SEND) the team offers all families support and advice. The IPHN Service aims to empower families to make informed and positive decisions about health.

The Healthy Child Programme provides individual and tailored support to ensure that children receive appropriate referrals to specialist services and that families are signposted to wider support systems. The programme will ensure that each family receives support that is appropriate for their needs with the most vulnerable families receiving additional support in partnership with education and other agencies.

The Hull 0–19 service consists of specialist community public health nurses who are health visitors and school nurses who are supported by public health nurses, health and development practitioners, administration teams, specialist practitioners and infant feeding specialists.

Our staff work closely with other services and settings, including community midwives, GPs, children’s centres, early years’ settings, schools, and higher education settings. We also work closely with other agencies for children with complex health needs or special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) to ensure they get the services and care they need.

Our Services

By working with and supporting families during the crucial early years of a child's life, health visitors and school nurses can make a positive impact on the lifelong health and wellbeing of children, young people and their families.

Antenatal

During your pregnancy, you will receive your Parent Held Record (Red Book).

You will be able to talk about your expectations of being a parent and other health topics.

7- 14 days after birth

This new birth visit is carried out at home to review general physical and emotional health needs. It provides an opportunity for support with feeding and any other issues you may like to discuss.

6 – 8 weeks of age

This visit allows for your baby’s growth to be monitored and for a further review of physical and emotional health needs. Again, this is time to discuss any concerns or support needs you may have and to discuss immunisations.

4 months of age

This is an opportunity to discuss topics such as introduction of solid foods at 6 months, development, dental health, home safety and any other areas you may need support with.

Around 10 months of age

Your baby’s health and development will be reviewed. Growth is monitored and discussions held regarding feeding, sleeping, dental health, vision and health and safety.

Around 2 - 2.5 years of age

This is carried out to assess your child’s health and development, including language, behaviour, sleep, and toileting. The Ages and Stages questionnaire is completed, and growth monitored.

School age children: 5 – 19 years of age

When your child is of school age the specialist public health nurses continue to support their health and wellbeing. Our aim is to ensure every child transitions safely and happily into adult life.

We achieve this by:

  • weighing and measuring children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme;
  • providing health information, advice and support to families and carers.
  • providing support and advice to young carers.
  • supporting periods of transition.
  • working with other services and agencies to safeguard and protect children and young people.
  • ensuring young people in secondary schools and colleges have access to drop-ins which provide free and confidential advice relating to physical, emotional and sexual health.
  • working with and referring/signposting to other professionals, services and agencies.
  • delivering health promotion in schools and colleges relating to puberty, making positive and informed health choices, relationships and positive sexual health, safety and risk-taking behaviours, hand-washing and emotional wellbeing (PSHE).
  • supporting young people who have particular medical/health needs.
  • providing specialist support/guidance and appropriate health information to staff in educational settings.

Contact details

Tel: 01482 259600

Email:  hull.cypcommunityservices@nhs.net

The telephone and email box are manned 08:30am -5:00pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays).