Local authorities to take over children's public health commissioning

Published on Friday, 31 January 2014 11:31
Written by Govtoday staff

The government has announced that the responsibility for children's public health commissioning for 0-5 year olds will transfer from NHS England to local authorities on 1 October 2015. This will mark the final part of the public health transfer.

The LGA is working in partnership with ADCS, ADPH and SOLACE, NHS England, Public Health England and the Department of Health to prepare councils for the transfer of commissioning responsibilities.

A task and finish group overseen by the Children's Health and Wellbeing Partnership is taking forward discussions on mandation, funding and other key issues. We are represented on this group in addition to ADCS, SOLACE and ADPH.

We are working closely with the Department of Health to ensure there is a focus on delivering a transfer which is proportionate and based on outcome and will work closely with the Department of Health to confirm that the funding agreed is sufficient, fair and communicated early, so that councils can get on with the job of delivering high quality public health services for young children.

We are pleased that the date has now been set; it brings certainty to the sector and to the health system. It also presents a crucial opportunity for local authorities and health partners to join up and continue the transformation of public health services across social care, education and other relevant services for all children and young people.

Further details about the transfer will be communicated through our regular communication routes or directly where necessary. You can view the announcement on the DH website here.

Source: LGA

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