Michael Tomlinson – 2016 Parliamentary Question to the Department of Health

The below Parliamentary question was asked by Michael Tomlinson on 2016-04-22.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions Public Health England has had with NHS England on the commissioning of school nurses offering level one paediatric continence services since the transfer of school nurse commissioning responsibilities to local authorities.

Jane Ellison

Public Health England is a member of NHS England’s Complex Health Needs Board, which discusses matters such as continence support through school nurses.

As continence services fall outside of the public health grant, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) have responsibility for commissioning continence services and will have discussions with local partners regarding commissioning within the school nursing service. Public Health England’s communication with NHS England has been to stress the importance of promoting this partnership approach by CCGs to ensure that local school nursing services are able to incorporate appropriate levels of continence support.