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Citywide search for health visitor recruits launched

More health visitors are to be recruited in Birmingham as part of a nationwide drive to increase numbers.
More health visitors are to be recruited in Birmingham as part of a nationwide drive to increase numbers.

A major recruitment drive is under way to increase the number of health visitors providing support and advice to new mums in Birmingham.

The initiative, which aims to increase health visitor numbers in the city by 120 by 2015, aims to deliver a consistently high quality service to all new mothers and their children and reap the benefits of the Trust now operating as a single citywide provider of community health services for children and families.

The recruitment drive forms part of plans for a wider service redesign that would see the creation of 15 health visiting teams and eight school nurse teams supporting children and families from birth to age 16.

The plan also supports the Government’s commitment to boosting health visitor numbers nationally over the next four years.

The children and families division will be supported in the campaign by colleagues from a number of teams and departments including safeguarding, human resources and communications.

Andy Rogers, interim director of the children and families division said: “One of the key challenges for BCHC, and the children and families division, is the development of a robust health visiting service across the city that will deliver the Healthy Child Programme, protect children and ultimately improve outcomes for children and families in Birmingham.”

“It’s clear that, as a much larger provider of community services than existed before, we have a significantly greater ability to resolve these issues together than has previously been the case, and a requirement to work collaboratively to enable the solutions to be delivered.”

For more information, see the Health Visitor Implementation Plan 2011-15 - A Call to Action on the Department of Health website.