Integrated Specialist Public Health Nursing Service (ISPHNS)

The ISPHNS teams deliver a variety of services across the East Riding.

The Team

The Integrated Specialist Public Health Nursing Service (ISPHNS) 0-19 (25) delivers the Healthy Child Programme ‘Pregnancy and the first five years of life’ and ‘From 5-19 years old’. Our teams also provide Public Health Nursing Services for children and young people aged minus 9 months to 19 (25) years of age and their families.

The service is delivered by six professional teams across the East Riding. These teams are comprised of specialist community public nurses, family nurse practitioners, breast feeding specialists, public health nurses, nursery nurses and health care assistants. Our specialist public health nurses 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 to ensure they get the services and care they need.

From the start of your pregnancy through to your child entering school age, the team offer all families support and advice. The ISPHN Service aims to empower families to make informed and positive decisions about health. Please contact our teams if you would like support or information regarding feeding, sleeping, toileting and behaviour, as well as any issues relating to your own emotional health and parenting.

For more information, please take a look at the dedicated service website:

From the start of your pregnancy until your child starts in education, your child will be offered the following health assessments:


During this contact in 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 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

During this contact your baby’s development is reviewed using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire and growth is monitored. You may also wish to discuss introduction of solid foods 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 2.5 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

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;
  • delivering immunisations and vaccinations to young people attending secondary schools and colleges;
  • 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;
  • supporting young people who have particular medical/health needs;
  • providing specialist support/guidance and appropriate health information to staff in educational settings.

Family Nurse Partnership Programme (FNP)

The Family Nurse Partnership programme is a free and voluntary programme for the under 20s expecting their first baby. It is an integral part of the 0-19(25) service.

A specially trained Family Nurse will visit every one to two weeks starting in early pregnancy and continuing until your child is two years old.

The visits usually last around an hour.

You will also be offered the Healthy Child Programme by your Family Nurse.

The FNP programme aims to enable you to:

  • have a healthy pregnancy;
  • Iiprove your child’s health and development;
  • help plan for your own future and achieve your aspirations.

We know that dads are important to their babies, so we welcome dads or partners to join in during the visits if you would like them to.

Throughout your journey, you and your family nurse will work on lots of different aspects of pregnancy and parenthood together including: parent-child attachment, feeding your baby, immunisations, child development and school readiness.

Your family nurse will also fit the programme around you and your specific needs.

If you are under 18 years of age and are pregnant or have a child under two years of age, you can access support from the Family Nurse Partnership Programme (FNP). Click here for more information.

Contact details

East Riding Single Point of Contact

Tel. 01482 689689



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