5-19 Healthy Child Service – North Yorkshire

The 5-19 Healthy Child Service promotes and protects the health and wellbeing of all children and young people aged 5 to 19. We work with children, young people and families to empower and enable them to make informed decisions about health, and to support them in transitioning safely and happily into adult life.

The 5-19 Growing Healthy Team works in community settings to deliver universal and targeted interventions designed to meet public health outcomes. We ensure the emotional and physical health and wellbeing of families, children and young people across North Yorkshire.

We offer advice and information, and conduct health checks on children entering school and on transfer to secondary schools. We are the first point of contact for schools when there are concerns about a child’s health and wellbeing. We are also responsible for:

  • Measuring and weighing children as part of the National Child Measurement Programme;
  • Undertaking immunisation and vaccinations;
  • Providing enuresis (involuntary urination) support;
  • Providing emotional health and wellbeing support;
  • Offering awareness sessions on asthma, epilepsy and EpiPen use for teachers and North Yorkshire County Council employees.

5-19 Team

The 5-19 Growing Healthy Team comprises specialist community public health nurses, healthy child practitioners, assistant practitioners, screening technicians and administrators. We have a named nurse linked to each GP practice in the localities in which we work.

We work closely with health visitors so that children and families with complex health and social care needs are identified early. We then put in place a health management plan to support the child’s health, school attendance and education.

When young people and families require targeted interventions, these may be provided solely by the Healthy Child Team or delivered in partnership. Common partners for such interventions are Compass REACH, the prevention service, weight management services, leisure services or youth services. We liaise with the relevant agencies to provide a ‘one team’ approach.

Year 6 Transition Parents information

The Healthy Child service support Children and families during the transition from Primary school to Secondary school.

Download the parent/carers information letter here

The team offer all children a Health Check via a parental health questionnaire that is sent out to all parents and carers before the end of Year 6 of primary school:

Click here to download parent/carers questionnaire

All children in year 6 whether educated at school or at home will have the opportunity to complete a confidential health questionnaire:

Click here to download children’s questionnaire

The service offered will be dependent on the holistic assessment of the child and family, which will determine whether the universal services are appropriate and sufficient to meet the child’s needs or if further intervention is required which will ensure that there are effective transition arrangements in place.

If certain themes are reoccurring within a year group some group work may be completed with the support of the school.  Any support that a child is receiving at the time of transition is continued by the same health care practitioner to avoid any disruption and maintain continuity of support.


We work in local schools, youth venues, child centres, health clinics and in the family home.


New Single Point of Contact telephone number for 0-19 Growing Healthy Team (Healthy Child Programme) in North Yorkshire

A new Single Point of Contact telephone number will be introduced for the 0-19 Growing Healthy Team (formerly the Healthy Child Programme) in North Yorkshire on 1 April 2017.

This new telephone number is: 01609 780780

This number is available between the hours of 8:00am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday. Outside of these hours it will be answered by the Duty Social Care Team.


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We only accept referrals once our 5-19 Service referral form has been completed. Once all fields have been filled in, the referral form should be emailed to hhc-tr.5-19admin@nhs.net. If you have any problems, you can call us, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. For emergency or urgent situations, please consider the Emergency Department, Minor Injuries Units or the GP Out of Hours Service. More information can be found here.

You will receive an acknowledgement of acceptance, and we aim to see the child or young person within 20 working days. More urgent referrals will be assessed and prioritised accordingly.

Once an assessment has been completed, a child will be offered up to six sessions with a health practitioner. After these sessions, the needs of the child will be reassessed.

Key staff

Team Leader, 5-19 Children’s Services:

West Locality: Elaine Cowan

East Locality: Michelle Ireland

Central (Richmondshire) Locality: Fiona Rogers

Central (Selby/Tadcaster/Thirsk) Locality: Sue Williamson

5-19 Services Clinical Lead: Rachel Wigin

Useful resources

The 5-19 Service is delivered in partnership with a range of health, social and education organisations and teams including: