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Development of an evidence-based self-assessment and peer review tool for London Local Authorities to improve Health Visiting (HV) and School Health (SH) services
The aim of this project is to develop and pilot a sector led improvement (SLI) self-assessment tool for London Local Authority Commissioned School Health (SH) and Health Visiting (HV) services.
This work will capitalise on the opportunity to jointly collaborate between the Directors of Public Health (DsPH) and Directors of Children’s services (DsCS). The project will utilise funding currently sitting with London Councils originally from NHS England to support the development and capabilities following the transfer of health visiting to local government in collaboration with the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) London.
We require the following main deliverable from the project: A developed and piloted self-assessment tool for London Local Authority Commissioned School Health (SH) and Health Visiting (HV) services.
Background to sector led improvement
London Councils and& the Association of Directors of Public Health (ADPH) London are leading on developing a sector led improvement (SLI) evidence-based self-assessment and peer review tool to improve Health Visiting (HV) and School Health (SH) services.
SLI is the term used by local government for a self-assessment and peer-review approach to service improvement that is independent of formal external inspections. Concurrently, it presents an opportunity to improve practice and outcomes whilst demonstrating transparency and accountability to internal and external stakeholders.
At present, no self-assessment and peer review tool exists for HV and SH services. We wish to fill this gap as these services play a crucial role in giving every child the best start in life – one of ADPH London’s priorities.