Transfer of Health Visiting commissioning

Written by Julie Mytton

From 1st October 2015, the responsibility for the commissioning of Health Visiting Services for children aged 0-5 years in England transferred from NHS England to Public Health teams in Local Authorities.  Hopefully, many families will hardly have noticed, since Health Visitors have remained employed by their existing employer and the providers of Health Visiting services will have continued unchanged in many areas.  However, this is quite a fundamental change and there are great opportunities and some challenges with the new arrangements.

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The challenges are real.  Transferring Health Visiting commissioning to Local Authorities means there will no longer be the same central management; the ‘national’ Health Visiting service will become ‘local’ whilst still having to ensure delivery of key policies such as the Healthy Child Programme.  We know from the devolution of other responsibilities that families living on Local Authority boundaries are often frustrated at the apparent inequity of provision of services depending on where they live.  Local Authorities currently have tremendous pressures to deliver the same services with less money.  Whilst Public Health budgets were supposed to be ring-fenced we know that these fences are not that robust, with many Public Health teams having to make a contribution to the financial savings that Local Authorities have to make.  Public Health budgets have recently faced a national £200m cut in funding to compound this, affecting decisions of what they can fund at very short notice.

The future is different, definitely challenging, but with real potential to be good.  Working together we have the chance to make a difference for children and families. Let’s get on with it.


Dr Julie Mytton

Associate Professor in Child Health, University of the West of England, Bristol, and Consultant in Child Public Health, Bristol City Council

BACAPH Executive Committee member

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