Health and wellbeing for care leavers

In Warrington, we're fully committed to providing you with the support you need to make the transition to adult life. Here you can find information about the support you can expect from the council and our partner agencies relating to your health and wellbeing.

We appreciate that wellbeing is not just about your health, and we'll try to make sure your Pathway Plan meets all your other needs, putting you first and making sure that you:

  • have access to education and learning opportunities
  • can take part in social activities and make new friends
  • can maintain and improve your relationships with your friends and family
  • you have financial stability
  • have any specific cultural or religious needs met.

We also want to make sure that you have all your health needs met, so we'll support you to register with a GP, dentist and opticians so that you can access all universal health services. We'll make sure you know what to do in the event of an emergency and who to contact. This will all be documented in your Pathway Plan. 

We'll signpost you to a range of additional support services as needed, according to your individual circumstances. 

You can view services based on the categories below, or you can:

Emotional and mental health services

We'll support you to access the Warrington Wellbeing Service which is part of a government initiative to reduce health inequalities in Warrington. A Wellbeing Mentor could then help support you. 

More mental health support services, some of which you can access yourself, and some which you will need to be referred to by your Personal Advisor or another professional:

Sexual health

  • Connect - a confidential sexual health drop-in service for young people in Warrington aged 13-19 years 

  • Warrington Sexual Health Service - free, confidential sexual health services for adults in Warrington. Due to Covid-19 restrictions the service is not offering any walk-in clinics. Please call us to make an appointment. Tel: 0300 323 1300 Option 2

Drug and alcohol support

Going abroad

For most people, the UK Global Health Insurance Card (UK GHIC) replaces the existing European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for new applications. If you have an existing EHIC, it will remain valid until the expiry date on the card.

The UK GHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would to a resident of that country, either at a reduced cost or, for free. For example, in some countries, patients are expected to directly contribute a percentage towards the cost of their state-provided treatment. This is known as a patient co-payment. If you receive treatment under this type of healthcare system, you are expected to pay the same co-payment charge as a patient from that country.

To apply for a new UK GHIC visit:
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/

Anyone travelling abroad is also encouraged to buy additional insurance to cover any unexpected health care which may be required whilst on holiday.

Emotional and mental health services

We'll support you to access the Warrington Wellbeing Service which is part of a government initiative to reduce health inequalities in Warrington. A Wellbeing Mentor could then help support you. 

More mental health support services, some of which you can access yourself, and some which you will need to be referred to by your Personal Advisor or another professional:

Sexual health

  • Connect - a confidential sexual health drop-in service for young people in Warrington aged 13-19 years 
  • Warrington Sexual Health Servicefree, confidential sexual health services for adults in Warrington

Drug and alcohol support

Going abroad

A valid European Health Insurance Card gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland.

The EHIC covers treatment that is medically necessary until your planned return home. Treatment should be provided on the same basis as it would to a resident of that country, either at a reduced cost or, in many cases, for free. For example, in some countries, patients are expected to directly contribute a percentage towards the cost of their state-provided treatment. This is known as a patient co-payment. If you receive treatment under this type of healthcare system, you are expected to pay the same co-payment charge as a patient from that country. 

Apply for a free EHIC at www.nhs.uk 

These cards are free, please be aware that there are unauthorised websites who charge for this service.  Don't use these, only apply through the official NHS website.