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The National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Regulations 2018

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Child health surveillance

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6.—(1) A provider whose agreement includes the provision of child health surveillance services must, in respect of any child under the age of 5 for whom the provider has responsibility under the agreement—

(a)provide all the services described in sub-paragraph (2), other than any examination so described which the parent refuses to allow the child to undergo, until the date upon which the child attains the age of 5 years; and

(b)maintain such records as are specified in sub-paragraph (3).

(2) The services referred to in sub-paragraph (1)(a) are—

(a)the monitoring—

(i)by the consideration of any information concerning the child received by or on behalf of the provider; and

(ii)on any occasion when the child is examined or observed by or on behalf of the provider (whether pursuant to sub-paragraph (2)(b), or otherwise),

of the health, well-being and physical, mental and social development (all of which characteristics are referred to in this paragraph as “development”) of the child while under the age of 5 years with a view to detecting any deviations from normal development; and

(b)the examination of the child at a frequency that has been agreed with the Health Board in accordance with the nationally agreed evidence based programme set out in the fourth edition of “Health for all Children”(1).

(3) The records mentioned in sub-paragraph (1)(b) are an accurate record of—

(a)the development of the child while under the age of 5 years, compiled as soon as is reasonably practicable following the first examination of that child and, where appropriate, amended following each subsequent examination mentioned in that sub paragraph; and

(b)the responses (if any) to offers made to the child’s parent for the child to undergo any examination referred to in sub-paragraph (2)(b).

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David Hall and David Elliman, January 2003, Oxford University Press, ISBN 10: 01985188X, ISBN 13: 9780198515883.

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