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From Christina Wigfall, Programme Manager

In May, we attended the Clinical Leaders Group and shared the priorities to the wider group. This was a very positive meeting and prompted much discussion about the need for other programme leads to recognise the needs of children and young people. We have already engaged with young people in Staffordshire to get their input into the programme, and plan to do the same in Stoke-on-Trent.

We have spent some time refreshing the plan, incorporating local priorities and the aspirations of the NHS Long Term Plan. This is still in draft form and requires further engagement with wider stakeholders and the Together We’re Better work programmes.

Recent good news stories include:

  • The parenting and early intervention arm has attracted £800,000 from the Department of Education for a 12-month programme of work to be jointly delivered between Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council. The programme will be fully evaluated and will gain the views of senior leaders.
  • Both local authorities were part of the first wave of free training for health visitors to improve speech, language and communication in the under 5s. A total of 14 health visitors attended, who will cascade the training to their colleagues.
  • We have recently been awarded a £15,000 grant from Health Education England, which we will use to deliver a ‘Parenting Support’ workforce development training programme. Focussed on early years, it will target frontline professionals from health and care settings and children’s services. The objectives are to:
    • Support mums and dads to provide sensitive and attuned parenting
    • Place an emphasis on strong parent-child attachment and positive parenting, resulting in better social and emotional wellbeing amongst children
    • Support parents in the wider issues that affect families – such as finances, housing and employment.