We carry out all the initial and review health assessments to ensure our children and young people in the care of North Tyneside Council get their health needs met.
We encourage birth parents to attend initial health assessments to provide a comprehensive understanding of health needs. All children and young people get a health bag at their initial health assessment with a range of health-related products and books.
Our paediatricians and nurses are available to provide expert advice and information to carers, social workers, school staff and others working to support our children and families.
The health team also produce the Health Passports for young people prior to them leaving care, to ensure they have a good understanding of their health history and any ongoing health needs.
The team are keen to promote positive physical and mental health and encourage everyone to sign up for EASE cards so they can access our sports facilities with a friend for free.
The Named Nurse for children in care for North Tyneside and Northumberland has a responsibility in managing the health team and ensuring improved health for all children in care. The health team is made up of a Specialist Nurse and five senior nurses. They are all experienced public health nurses who provide support and advice to individual children and those caring for and working with children in care.
The health administration team are responsible for co-ordinating all initial health assessment appointments and documentation. They also record all the health assessments in the children’s electronic health files. This involves liaison with all relevant professionals (e.g., family doctor, social worker, independent reviewing officer, carers, parents, 0 – 19 service and Northumbria Healthcare Medical records).
The Named Doctor completes initial health assessments, they also supervise and train all medical professionals working with children in care, so they have a clear understanding of the children’s needs when completing comprehensive health assessments.
Everyone in the children in care health team are employed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
If you have any compliments or areas for improvement for the team, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01670 529279. You can also contact PALS (Patient Advisory Liaison Service) for further information.