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Teen health service

This page has information to support parents, carers and young people who want to know more about help and care services available for young people during their adolescent years.


About the teen health service

From 1 September 2022, the 0-19 healthy together service has been split into to two services:

  • 0 to 11 years (up until end of year 6 of primary school): Healthy together, delivered by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • 11+: Teen health service - delivered by the Council

The teen health service will be delivered by the Council as part of the early help and inclusion service.

It's a universal service that focuses on both prevention and early intervention.

Priorities include:

1. Support to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing, with a focus on:

  • self esteem
  • body image
  • building resilience

2. Supporting healthy relationships:

  • building positive relationships
  • reducing violence in intimate relationships
  • promoting positive sexual health and wellbeing

3. Supporting children and young people to make healthier choices, with a focus on:

  • reducing substance misuse - particularly cannabis use
  • reducing alcohol consumption

Accessing the service

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust’s support for young people aged 11 and above will come to an end on 31 August 2022.

Young people currently using the service have been contacted to inform them of the change to ensure a smooth transition between providers.

From 1 September 2022 young people will be able to access the service by contacting a wellbeing officer for general enquiries by emailing ypservices@rutland.gov.uk or calling 01572 758301.

Referrals can be made using our single point of access via Early Help on 01572 758493 or email earlyhelp@rutland.gov.uk

What is the current programme and how is it changing?  

 The Healthy Child Programme is a national evidence-based public health programme which delivers health improvement, prevention, identification, and early intervention for children, young people, and families across Leicestershire and Rutland.

It is currently delivered by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and known locally as Healthy Together.  

From 1 September, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust will continue to deliver support for 0-11 (including health visiting and school nursing up until year 6 of primary school), and Rutland County Council will start delivering support for secondary school age young people aged 11 and above as part of the wider Early Help and Inclusion Service. 

What will the new service look like? 

Following consultation with schools, parents/carers, and young people, several priority areas have been identified to support young people aged 11 and above.

With a focus on both prevention and intervention, the service will be designed, so that schools can prioritise the issues that are most significant for them out of the list below. We expect priorities may change over time but currently there is a focus on:

1. Support to improve mental health and emotional wellbeing with a focus on: 

  • self esteem
  • body image
  • building resilience

2. Supporting healthy relationships: 

  • building positive relationships
  • reducing violence in intimate relationships
  • promoting positive sexual health and wellbeing

3. Supporting children and young people to make healthier choices with a focus on: 

  • reducing substance misuse particularly cannabis use
  • reducing alcohol consumption

How will the new service be delivered?

The new service focuses on both prevention and early intervention.

Some schools will already be using some or all of the services that are offered through three main strands:

Support to schools 

The new service will include a Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Officer and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Coordinator. These roles are in place of what was previously static school nurses and each officer will cover three schools, regularly touching base at each school.

Working closely with young people, staff in these roles will be focused on identifying where support is needed for young people, intervening early, and making any necessary referrals to ensure adolescents continue to foster good health and strive for educational success.

The officers would be hosted in schools for part of the week during term time, so they can work closely alongside pastoral and health and wellbeing leads within schools.

Digital app – YouHQ 

YouHQ is a digital app that allows young people to input their thoughts, emotions, and goals into an online platform which can be accessed on a mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

Encouraging young people to understand and manage their own health and wellbeing as they mature is vital. Spotting signs through mood tracking or setting goals can prove useful for early intervention and prevention in adulthood.

Healthy Schools Programme 

The Healthy School Programme is a universal offer that includes access to Health Schools Team Health Improvement Offer, practical advice and planning support, as well as signposting to further guidance, partners of Healthy Schools Programme who can provide specialist support, and resources to enhance the work of schools.

What will happen to school nurses?

School nurses are employed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust. Those school nurses working with primary pupils (up until year 6 of primary school) will continue in their role at primary schools.

Those school nurses who have been serving secondary schools in recent years will no longer do so after 31 August. They will continue to be employed by Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust and will be reallocated within the service where there is the most demand for support. 

In the new service run by Rutland County Council, the school nurse role will be replaced with Health and Wellbeing Officers who will be part of the wider Early Help and Inclusion offer.

Is there anything that won’t be provided as part of the new service?

The new service will cover a lot of the support that schools already engage with, including the Healthy Schools Programme, YouHQ app, and wider pupil support.

If a young people’s health and wellbeing need is not supported by the new service, appropriate signposting or referrals to the relevant health professional will be carried out to support them in getting the help they need.

Will there be gap in provision if the new service isn’t due to start until September?

Our recruitment for the new service is well underway and we are pleased that we have successfully appointed to the new roles.

Working closely with schools and partners, we hope to make the transition as smooth as possible. We are currently on trajectory to have new service up and running by the start of the autumn term, but this is reliant on multiple preliminary steps, including the transfer of information.

What can schools expect when the service first launches?

At the beginning of the new school term, we will be sending communications out via schools to inform parents and pupils of the new service and who their officer is. We’ll also share information on the new service and how to access it.

Following the launch of the service, we hope to do more engagement with pupils to encourage them to make full use of the service on offer to them.

Why has the Council decided to bring the service in-house?  

Giving our children the best start in life and supporting them through their educational adolescent years is of utmost importance and, with the new changes, we hope the service we have designed will better cater for the needs, and have far reaching improved consequences, for young people in Rutland.

Consultation with schools, pupils, and parents has highlighted to us what the priorities are for the people of Rutland and our aim is to tailor support services to reflect the current demands from young people.

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