THE planned closure of the Thurrock Community Mums and Dads service will come into effect on Wednesday 31 August. Community Mums and Dads was a peer support programme that provided breast feeding and parenting support programmes in Thurrock.
Since inheriting responsibility for commissioning public health nursing services from NHS England in 2015, Thurrock Council has a contract with NEFLT (North East London Foundation Trust) to deliver health visiting to all parents and infants in Thurrock. This service will continue to offer support to all children aged 0 to 5 and their families. This will include feeding and parental support within both the home and clinic settings.
Thurrock Public Health is working with partners to develop services for Thurrock residents in a more integrated fashion.
Portfolio Holder for Education and Health, Cllr James Halden, said: “We will transition to a more joined-up and integrated approach to delivering parental support in the future with less duplication. We are also working with partners to ensure the most vulnerable are protected.”
Tania Sitch, Integrated Care Director, NELFT said: “As a key partner in delivering services to new parents, NELFT will continue to work with Public Health and the community to ensure a smooth transition for parents and that Thurrock residents continue to receive a good service from the Health Visiting Teams.”
Thurrock NELFT Health Visiting Service contact details can be found on the NELFT website: http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-thurrock