Health Visiting

Health Visiting

Health Visiting is a specialist branch of nursing, with a focus on community public health and is a growing profession and is therefore an area of expansion for the Partnership Trust. Health Visitors are qualified and registered nurses or midwives who undertake further (post-registration) training.

Health Visiting is a crucial aspect of the healthcare team; the aim is to improve the health of families and children in the crucial first few years of life. Find out more about our the Healthy Child 0 - 5 Years programme and what it offers here or download the attachment at the foot of this page.

Working in the community, Health Visitors prevent illness, promote positive parenting, health and wellbeing and are best placed to help families and young children.

The Health Visiting service works with families of children from birth to 5 years of age and provides both universal services such as development checks and more targeted support to families with specific needs. This targeted work may include safeguarding children who are looked after or have special needs and mothers who may need additional support such as young first time mothers.

Health Visitors also work with Children's Centres, GP's, groups and communities to promote healthy lifestyle choices in order to reduce levels of obesity, support smoking cessation, and promote breastfeeding and immunisation uptake. All Health Visitors are nurses with additional specialist qualifications.

Once a child reaches school age the Health Visitor hands over this support to the School Nurse.

Common tasks include:

  • Newborn/Post-natal visits
  • Physical and Developmental Checks 
  • Providing specific support – e.g. post-natal depression 
  • Health Promotion
  • Social Impacts on Families and Health
  • Nutrition and Infant Feeding
  • Behaviour Management
  • Well Baby Clinics
  • Ongoing contact with families during:
    • the first year
    • between one to three years
    • three to five years.

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