Scores of health workers have joined Hartlepool Borough Council as several services have been transferred.
Council bosses in Hartlepool have welcomed around 50 new workers to the organisation after a series of contracts transferred to the local authority.
Earlier this month staff working as health visitors, community nursery nurses, school nurses and in the Family Nurse Partnership transferred from North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust, which operates hospitals in Hartlepool and Stockton as well as a range of community services, to Hartlepool Borough Council.
Council chiefs in the town are delighted by the move and say it will help the authority to achieve its vision for a ‘Better Childhood in Hartlepool’.
The change has been described as ‘seamless’ and people in the community will not have experiences any difference, say service chiefs.
A senior councillor says the changes will ‘provide an opportunity for better integrated working across children’s and family services across the town’.
Danielle Swainston, the council’s Assistant Director (Children’s Services), met the staff at a recent welcome gathering.
She said: “We are delighted to have you all onboard.
“The council is committed to providing modern, high quality services which play an important part in the lives of many Hartlepool families.
“The staff who have transferred will make a significant contribution to public health and children’s services and help the council achieve its vision for a ‘Better Childhood in Hartlepool’.”
Councillor Alan Clark, chair of the council’s Children’s Services Committee, added: “The transfer has been seamless so the public won’t have noticed any difference.
“It is the same staff delivering these vital services to the people of our town.
“Moving forward, bringing these contracts in-house will provide an opportunity for better integrated working across children’s and family services across the town.”
The health visitors, community nursery nurses and school nursing staff have been located within the four early help teams across the town since August 2016.
The locations are Rossmere Children’s Centre, Ward Jackson Children’s Centre, The Star Centre and Carnegie Building.