Council announces new health visiting and school nursing service provider

Published: 20 July 2017

Slough Borough Council is pleased to announce Solutions 4 Health Ltd as the new provider of the health visiting and school nursing service for Slough residents.

Solutions 4 Health Ltd has been working in Slough for many years, providing health promotion services on behalf of the council.

Solutions 4 Health will officially take over the service provision on 1 October.

Cllr Sabia Hussain, cabinet member for health and social care, said: “Giving children and young people the best start in life is one of our priorities.

“The health visiting and school nursing services are central to achieving this and our new contract will enable us to drive up the quality of our service through improvements to accessibility, including extended hours, online provision and a single point of contact.”

Cate Duffy, director of children, learning and skills, said: “Solutions 4 Health won the tender following a rigorous procurement process.

“They have been working in Slough for many years and are an experienced provider of health improvement services in our borough and across the UK.

“The council and Solutions 4 Health want the current skilled and dedicated workforce who provide frontline services to move across to Solutions 4 Health and they will be provided with additional support, resources, and innovative ways of working.

“We are looking forward to working with Solutions 4 Health as they transform the service to meet the needs of families in Slough.”

Leena Sankla, Director of Public Health & Lifestyle Services, from Solutions 4 Health, said:
“We are delighted the council has entrusted us to deliver cohesive, integrated, and transformational services for children, young people, and their families across Slough.

“We look forward to welcoming the exemplary team of health visitors and school nurses into our supportive, focused, and caring culture.

“The team will be provided with additional support, resources, and innovative ways of working.

“We are committed to building on the existing strong local foundation and our established partnerships with the voluntary sector, primary, and secondary care”

Solutions 4 Health won the tender following a rigorous internal procurement process. As a local authority we are required to ensure we obtain good value in the services we purchase. This is achieved through a competitive tendering process where suppliers are scored against an agreed set of criteria, demonstrating they represent good value for money and can provide quality services.

The new service will:
• provide an integrated 0-19 public health nursing service, and up to 25 years for individuals with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
• continue to provide the services currently being delivered
• implement changes to improve accessibility; including a single point of contact, extended hours and an on-line provision.

Solutions 4 Health are an experienced provider of health improvement services in both Slough and across the UK.

Solutions 4 Health provide a number of other services in Slough, including cardiowellness4slough, eat4health, fallsfree4life and Smokefreelife Berkshire.

For further information about Solutions 4 Health, please visit http://www.solutions4health.co.uk/

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