Public Health Nursing Service Update

Devon County Council decided to bring Devon’s Public Health Nursing Service (PHNS) into the direct management of the County’s Children’s Services from April 2019.  This will further strengthen integrated working and has already led to improved joint planning for service revisions in Devon’s Children’s Centres.

We intend to maintain the full range of current services. Over time and in collaboration with staff and stakeholders, the Council is looking to provide an improved offer to children and families especially through the integration of Children’s Centres and PHNS in the community.

To help ensure a smooth transition, Kate Stephens, Head of Service for the Public Health Nursing Service and registered CQC Manager in Virgin Care, is on a part-time secondment to Devon County Council as Head of Public Health Nursing.

Kate trained as a State Registered Nurse in London in 1983 and worked on a general medical ward after qualifying, then trained and worked as a midwife in Plymouth. She began her Health Visiting career in 1987 working as a Health Visitor in several inner city and rural areas in Devon, and then as a Child Protection Supervisor and Public Health Nursing Team Leader for the South Hams Team. In 2016, Kate was appointed as the Associate Named Nurse for Safeguarding in ICS Devon.

Kate says: “Devon County Council has developed a robust project to ensure a smooth transfer and as Head of Service I will have oversight of the project’s progress and work closely with all the workstream leads.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to integrate with social care and education colleagues to enable the best outcomes for families, children and young people in Devon and I am very much looking forward to working with you and developing stronger partnerships to achieve this. “

If you have any questions about this transition, please do email the team at Devon County Council.