More cash for Hampshire school nursing service

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AN EXTRA £2.5m is to be ploughed into school nursing services in Hampshire over five years.

The county council cash will be used to support the physical and emotional resilience of children and young people in Hampshire.

Commenting on her decision to increase the funding: Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for adult social care and public health, said: ‘Providing a focused service to support vulnerable older children, as well as extending growth, development and wellbeing checks for children in Year Six, is vital in helping to avoid more costly and intrusive interventions later on. All the evidence supports early action, listening to children and young people at the earliest opportunity – healthy children will become our future healthy adult workforce.’

In April 2013 responsibility for the public health of five to 19-year-olds transferred to local authorities.

School nurses provide a range of specialist public health support and advice including the delivery of the national child measurement programme.

The new funding brings the total investment in school nursing from £17.6m to £20.1 m. The new contract will be in place from 1 April 2015.