The West Sussex Health4Families Programme (H4FP) is an evidence-based framework that supports the work of the integrated Children's Workforce (health services, early years, private and voluntary sector) to improve health outcomes that most affect families and children from conception to five years old.
The key public health strategies focus on the following areas:
- infant feeding - promoting the UNICEF baby-friendly initiative
- healthy eating and healthy weight
- improving the oral health of children
- improving the emotional health and wellbeing of children
- improving the emotional health and wellbeing of parents and carers
- supporting mothers with perinatal depression
- improving children's speech, language and communication
- reducing teenage pregnancy rates and supporting young parents
- reducing alcohol and substance misuse
- increasing smoking cessation
- increasing child immunisation rates
- reducing childhood accidents
- reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.
Standards within the Programme are linked to recommendations from national and local policy and strategies providing evidence for OFSTED, Care Quality Commission, Healthy Child Programme, Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative and School Readiness.
The Programme also includes locally developed Action Plans focusing on health priorities that require improvement within the area, targeting the most vulnerable.
The Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust Child Health Improvement Team supports the Children’s Workforce to deliver the programme by: