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“In Wakefield, the Children’s Joint Commissioning Unit is leading co-ordinated delivery of seven local area roadshows.  The roadshows showcase Universal and Targeted services, with an emphasis on increasing awareness and understanding of the Health Visiting and School Nursing four-level model and the introduction of the Family Nurse Partnership model.

The roadshows also aim to promote and improve integrated working and we invite key disciplines such as Midwives, Health Visitors, School Nurses, CAMHS, children’s centres, Private and Voluntary early years settings, Head Teachers, School Governors, Fire and Police to showcase their service and share good practice in partnership working.

Part of the day is dedicated to a workshop exploring how integrated working and information sharing could be improved to assist early intervention and prevention and how effective communication can be delivered horizontally and vertically through new and existing networks.  Service users play an important part in the whole day’s activities by contributing ideas and telling their own stories about their personal (or their family’s) positive experiences.

Feedback regarding the roadshows indicates that these are being very well received amongst delegates and are instrumental in improving their knowledge and facilitating networking.  Our future plans include facilitating a highly integrated approach to positive outcomes for pre-birth to five years which will include developing children’s centres as the main access and delivery point for children’s health services.  To deliver this ambition we are also working on an IT programme which will ensure that Connecting for Health’s System.  One is installed in all 23 of our children’s centres.

Alongside these tasks, we are also currently redrafting the 0-19 and children’s centre and the NHS and private and voluntary partner organisations specifications to ensure they effectively align with each other to promote integrated working , early intervention with focus on most vulnerable and targeted groups.”

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