Welcome to the Derbyshire Family Health Service. We’re a team of healthcare professionals here to support you and your family as part of the 0-19 year olds free public health and wellbeing services. 

From birth to early adulthood, this website and our face to face services are here to provide you with the support and information you need on a range of topics.

We are here to ensure each family receives support that’s appropriate for their needs, with the most vulnerable families receiving additional support, in partnership with education and other agencies.

This service is provided by Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and commissioned by the local authority (Derbyshire County Council).

Find out more about the healthcare professionals within our services who can help you and your family below:
 

Our administration support team are your first point of contact through our support and advice line: 01246 515100, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am-4.30pm. The team may also contact you if we have information missing from your child’s record, such as which school they attend.

We have two Derbyshire office bases; one in Dronfield and one in Ripley. 

The team also support the service with administrative work for the 0-19 year children’s services, which includes appointment bookings with the health visitors and school nurses.
 

Health visitors

Health visitors are registered nurses/midwives who have additional training in community public health nursing. Their role is to lead the national healthy child programme.  Health visitors have a wide range of skills and knowledge to help children and families with their health and developmental needs. They also work closely with other services and can support access or signpost you to them. 

You will have a named health visitor who will support you and your family until your child reaches school age. They will also visit your home a minimum of five times from late pregnancy up to your child’s two year old development assessment.  

In Derbyshire, we also have a preschool contact, delivered by our community nursery nurses, to support you and your child with school readiness, just before or at 5 years old.


Child health nurse

Child health nurses are qualified nurses who have the skills and knowledge to help children, young people and families with their health needs or to signpost them on to other services, once an assessment has been completed. They work alongside the health visitors and school nurses to deliver support once a need has been identified. 

Community nursery nurse

Community nursery nurses provide a vital role within the 0-19 public health team and have a qualification in early years, education and childcare. They use their specific expertise to provide packages of care and support for families previously assessed by the health visitor, and deliver the preschool assessment.

Infant feeding specialists

As a team, the infant feeding specialists have received further training and hold clinics in several venues across the county to assist with mothers who are encountering more complex feeding challenges. Appointments with our infant feeding specialists involve a full feeding assessment, including observation of a feed and exploring ways to support the family on their feeding journey. The specialist will help to create a plan with you, to work on alongside the support of the health visitor, the healthy family peer support workers and volunteer service.

Healthy family peer support worker

Peer support workers are a group of mums who have all breastfed their own children and are based within health visiting teams across Derbyshire. They provide peer support and information to families to help each child have a healthy start in life. The team cover breastfeeding, infant and toddler nutrition and run local weaning groups.

Breastfeeding volunteers

Breastfeeding volunteers are mums in the community who can reassure you when breastfeeding is going well, or signpost you to other resources when it isn't. It can be tricky to know if you're doing things right when your breastfed baby doesn't behave how you might expect – the role of the breastfeeding volunteer is to listen to you, and let you know what's normal.

Breastfeeding volunteers are not healthcare professionals or health visitors – they are mothers who have breastfed, and who have had further training on breastfeeding and how to support breastfeeding families. 
 

School nurses

The school nurse teams are part of the 0-19 public health service and work for Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust and not for the school. 

School nurses are qualified nurses who have also completed a degree in public health nursing and school nursing. We have teams in each area of Derbyshire, who have specific skills and knowledge to help children, young people and families with their public health needs; providing information, support and advice e.g. sexual health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol use, healthy diet and exercise. This support is delivered one to one, in small groups or on a larger scale e.g. school assemblies. 

Young people aged 11-19 years old can speak to their school pastoral teacher or reception to find out when the school nurse visits their school or contact the school nurse team directly to arrange an appointment: ‘Contact Us’ .

School nurses can also signpost on to other services once an assessment has been completed.

Community staff nurses

Community staff nurses are qualified nurses who have the skills and knowledge to help children, young people and families with their health needs or to signpost them on to other services once an assessment has been completed.

Child health nurse

Child health nurses are qualified nurses who have the skills and knowledge to help children, young people and families with their health needs or to signpost them on to other services, once an assessment has been completed. They work alongside the health visitors and school nurses to deliver support once a need has been identified. 
 

The school-age immunisation team provide vaccinations for children from 5 – 16 years old (Reception - Year 11) across Derbyshire and Derby City. 

The team go into school to immunise the children against different illnesses, including; flu, meningitis, diphtheria, tetanus and polio, and HPV. 

Consent forms for vaccinations are now filled in via our new E-Consent system. All the relevant information will be given out through your child's school and consent forms are completed online. 

If your child does not attend school, is home educated or you have any problems with accessing the E-Consent system, please contact the team on the numbers below. For children that don't attend school or wish to have their vaccinations in a private setting, we run catch-up clinics across the county in school holidays. Please contact us to arrange this. 

The team is split into two groups who cover north and south Derbyshire (and Derby City), based in Clay Cross (Chesterfield) and Repton. 

Contact numbers for the school-age immunisation team:

North Derbyshire team - 01246 252953

South Derbyshire team - 01283 707178

The school nurse team can help you with general continence advice and support, to help with resolving your child's continence issues.

If you need further help with children’s continence needs, we will support you with a referral into our small nurse-led community service, working within Derby City and Derbyshire, to support young people from 4 – 18 years old (19 years old if in special school).