The Children in Care (CiC) Nursing Team offers a specialist annual health assessment, known as a Review Health Assessment (RHA), for all children and young people, aged 5 – 18 years old who are in care and living in East and West Suffolk (except for Lowestoft and Waveney*). Children aged under 5 years old are seen on a six monthly basis and their RHAs are completed by the Health Visiting service.
The CiC Nursing Team is responsible for assessing and promoting the physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people in care, with the overall aim of improving health outcomes and enabling young people to achieve their full potential.
The CiC Nursing Team consists of a CiC Nurse Specialist, three CiC Nurses, and the CiC Health Hub (Business Support Coordinators). All CiC Nurses are registered nurses with additional qualifications, including school nursing and health visiting.
The team works closely with partner agencies including social workers, foster carers, health and education for the benefit of the child / young person. In addition to completing the RHAs, CiC Nurses contribute to other assessments including Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs).
* In the Lowestoft and Waveney areas this service is provided by East Coast Community Healthcare (ECCH) CIC, and their contact details can be found here.