Family and Children's Health

Advice sheets for parents and carers

There are a number of common childhood illnesses that often can effectively be managed at home by parents and carers.  However, understanding when it is OK to look after your child at home and when to seek additional support can be difficult.  

In order to help you gauge when to seek additional support a number of advice sheets were created by a group of West Sussex-wide clinicians working with, parents, education and social care for common childhood aliments. 

The advice sheets provide clear information using a simple traffic light system explaining when parents need to seek urgent help (Red), or when they need to contact your GP or seek help from your local pharmacist (Amber) or what parents can do to help their children at home (Green). 

The current advice sheets available cover (click on links to download): 

Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
  • Bronchiolitis (a cause of persistent cough, mild fever and feeding difficulties in infants)
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati
Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati

Also available in these languages:Tamil; Urdu; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati

Also available in these languages: Tamil; Urda; Portuguese; Polish; Gujarati

When should I worry?

'When Should I Worry?' is a booklet developed by researchers at Cardiff University.

It provides information for parents about the management of respiratory tract infections (coughs, colds, sore throats, and ear aches) in children, and has been designed to be used in primary care consultations.

Download / view booklet (pdf)

You can download a free PDF of the booklet in the following languages:

*Please note we cannot guarantee their accuracy of the translations, the original version was designed for use in the UK.

The Children and Families Commissioning Team in West Sussex has refreshed a five-year plan for improving children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing services across the county.

The original plan was developed during 2015 in partnership with children and young people (CYP), parents, carers and key stakeholders.

NHS England asked for plans to be updated annually and the 2018/19 plan is now available. 

Local Transformation Plan

The Local Transformation Plan (LTP) builds upon a five-year redesign strategy for CYP emotional wellbeing and mental health services in West Sussex.

The three clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and the county council in West Sussex are committed to giving mental health and wellbeing for CYP the priority it deserves.

They are taking a collaborative, integrated and evidence-based approach to ensure services and pathways are best suited to local needs.

A comprehensive needs assessment and mapping of local services was published in June 2014. It identified many strengths and a number of gaps that are being addressed in the strategy.

In addition, the LTP reflects the recommendations made in Future in Mind, a 2015 report from the Department of Health and NHS England, on how children’s mental wellbeing can be best supported.

The LTP complements and supports the implementation of the West Sussex Health and Wellbeing Strategy and has been endorsed by the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Our ambition has always been to develop services for children and young people (CYP) in West Sussex so they have access to information and support to stay well, as well as treatment that will help them achieve the best possible mental health.

We have always acknowledged that the journey from childhood to adulthood through emotional health and wellbeing services has weaknesses. Stakeholders, CYP and their families said to us that what matters to them is: 1) being seen quickly, and with high continuity of care; 2) early identification of when help is needed (and that help being available); 3) greater capacity and choice for early support; 4) easy access and simple pathways; 5) recognition of the complexity of their lives; 6) having a great experience of care as well as the right medical intervention; and 7) greater coordination between all agencies (and in particular no gaps between young people’s and adult services).

With population growth and changes in the profile of need, demand for services are projected to increase. Although any description of the future is always subject to very high levels of variability, current capacity across the whole system will need to manage an increase in demand of between 5 to 15%.

The Local Transformation Programme (LTP) has been an opportunity for commissioners to invest in services and change outcomes for CYP. This report is a refresh of our plans and enables us to re-focus our resource for 2018 to 2021.