CWP is Starting Well

by CWP News - 04 October 2017

CWP has officially taken pen to paper and signed a contract with Cheshire West and Chester Council to launch a new health and wellbeing service for young people aged 0-19 in west Cheshire.

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) were officially named as the provider to deliver the Starting Well 0-19 Service back in May 2017. Commissioned by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC) the service aims to improve the outcomes of children and young people in west Cheshire.

Val Sturgess, clinical service manager for Starting Well, says: “Our ambition is to improve the outcomes of children and young people in west Cheshire to enable them to maximise their life chances. We are really excited to start delivering this new service for local children, young people and their families. I would like to especially thank staff for all their hard work to get us up to this point. Providing person-centred care to people who access our service is key to ensuring our young people get the best possible start in life.”

The new service will bring together early years workers and business and performance support workers with CWP Starting Well staff (health visiting, Family Nurse Partnership, 5-19 years health and wellbeing team including immunisations and vaccinations) and health visiting staff from East Cheshire NHS Trust for the first time. The team will have an extensive range of skills and experience from across the whole 0-19 workforce to deliver an integrated service for local children, families and young people.

The Starting Well 0-19 Service will be delivered from eight main children’s centres across west Cheshire: Blacon, Lache and Handbridge, Frodsham, Portside, Stanlaw Abbey, Victoria Road Northwich, Greenfields and Wharton.

The main children’s centres will have linked sites that will provide further services tailored to meet the needs of local children. The seven linked sites will be: Chester Victoria, Kingsway and Upton, Chester Rural, Neston, Parklands, Barnton and Weaverham and Leftwich.

Cllr Nicole Meardon, cabinet member for children and families, said: “We want the best for our children, young people, their families and carers and it’s important that they have access to a service that fits their individual needs and lifestyles. The new service model will provide better outcomes for our young people with a strong focus on early identification and prevention, risk reduction and health improvement.”

Work to mobilise the service is already underway with the new service launching in January 2018.

Children, young people, their families, carers and schools are currently being invited to help shape and develop the new service in partnership with CWP. If you would like to express your interest in getting involved, please contact the CWP Communications and Engagement Team on 01244 397400 or email

For more information about the 0-19 Starting Well service, please log on to If you have any concerns or queries, contact the CWP Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) on the free phone number 0800 195 4462.

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