Health Visitors are qualified specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN - HV). Their additional training in public health enables them to assess the health needs of individuals, families and the wider community to effectively promote good health and prevent illness.

Our knowledgeable Health Visitors work with children from birth to eleven years of age and their families.

Health Visitors play a crucial role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life, and lead delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP).

The HCP includes five child health and development reviews mandated by the commissioning of services by local authorities. This means our health visiting service will contact you at:

  • Antenatal contact
  • 7-14 days new birth visit
  • 6-8 week health review
  • 3-4 month health review
  • 9-12 month health review
  • 2 - 2.5 years health review

Learn more about each of these core contacts here.

Our Health Visitors work in a variety of settings:

  • Families' homes
  • GP surgeries
  • Children’s Centres
  • Primary Schools

Our Health Visitors will continue to offer general advice and support when your child goes to primary school. When your child transitions to secondary school our School Nurses will become your contact point for support with parenting and health matters.

Health Visitors work with families, education settings and communities to improve access, experience, outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

These are the level of services health visitors provide:

Your Community

Describes a range of health services (including GP and community services) for children, young people and families. Health visitors and school nurses will be involved in developing and providing these and making sure you know about them.

Universal Services

Your health visiting and school nursing team provides the Healthy Child Programme to ensure a healthy start for every child. This includes promoting good health through education and health checks, and promoting health through immunisations and identifying problems early.

Universal Plus

Provides a swift response from your health visiting and school nursing service when you need specific expert help, which might be identified through a health check, or through providing accessible services. This could include managing long term health issues and additional health needs, reassurance about a health worry, advice on sexual health, and support for emotional wellbeing and mental health.

Universal Partnership Plus

Delivers ongoing support by your health visiting and school nursing service as part of a range of local services, working together and with you/your family to deal with more complex problems over a longer time period.

There are six high impact areas revealed within the HCP where health visitors aim to make the biggest difference to child health outcomes.

Text reminder service

We now have a new text messaging service. You will receive a text confirmation of your next appointment or visit with your Health Visitor or
Nursery Nurse.

You will also receive a reminder text the day before your appointment.

Signing up is easy – we just require written/verbal consent from you. If you change your mobile phone number, please let us know so you can continue to receive texts.

Would you like speak to one of our Health Visiting Teams?

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Making Every Contact Count

Every member of our team use the MECC ‘Making Every Contact Count’ approach when working alongside parents to be, children and families. Using this approach ensures that we maximise the collective support we can provide within the local region. Our aim is to fully utilise the multitude of day to day interactions that we have with parents to be, children and families to support positive changes to physical and mental health and wellbeing.

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