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Health Visiting

Health Visitor

The Health Visitor service works to improve the health of children and families in the crucial first years of life. They work in the community with a team offering support, advice and provide universal services to all families. Our teams include Community Nursery Nurses, Clerical Assistants, and Community Staff Nurses. We work closely with other agencies such as GPs, Midwives, School Nurses and Children Centres.

Health Visitors offer services on four levels

•Community

•Universal

•Universal Plus, and

•Universal Partnership plus

What does this mean?
All communities have a range of services provided through Children's Centres and by other community groups, such as voluntary and faith groups. Health Visitors work with these groups to help develop them and to make sure you know  about  them. Health Visitors are also able to help and advise you when you are dealing with Community issues as they know your area well. Health Visitors are also able to assist you with starting up your own group, if there is a need for it in your local area.

Health Visitors and their team provide the Healthy Child Programme to assist you to provide your child with a healthy start (for example immunisation advice, health and development checks), they also support for parents  at key points throughout the early years. These core points are as follows:

  • A visit when you are around 28 weeks pregnant, including dads if they are able to be there.
  • A visit when  baby is 10 to 14 days old
  • A visit when  baby is 6-8 weeks  old
  • A contact when baby is 3-4 months old
  • A 9 to 12 month health and development review
  • A 2 to 2½ year review jointly with your child’s Educational setting (if attending)

 

This may be at certain developmental milestones in your child’s life, following an incident that has affected them or because as a family you need support. This can include any of the following:

  • Post-natal depression
  • Toilet Training
  • Sleep problems
  • Concerns regarding behaviour
  • Relationship issues
  • Breastfeeding
  • Feeding issues/ weaning
  • Speech development

 

Provides continuing support from  Health  Visiting  teams  plus a range  of local services working with parents together to deal with more  complex issues over a period  of time.  This can include services from Children's Centres, other community services; including charities and where appropriate Local Authority Children’s Services

For example:

  • On-going medical issues
  • Disabilities  -early support
  • Mental  health  issues
  • Drug  & alcohol  related  issues
  • Learning disabilities
  • School Readiness

At School commencement if a Health Visitor team has been working with you as a family they will ensure that you are introduced to your School Nurse who will continue to support your child up to 19 years of age.