Health Visiting

Health Visiting

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust’s Health Visitor service is constantly working to improve the health of children and families in the crucial first years of life. We work in the community offering friendly support and advice.  We are a universal service for all families with children up to the age of five. Our team includes community nursery nurses, health visitor clerical assistants, health visitor support workers and community staff nurses.  We work in partnership with Children’s Centre staff and also work very closely with other agencies such as GPs, midwives and school nurses.

Health professionals, such as midwives, health visitors and GPs, are the universal first point of contact for families during pregnancy and the first years of life.  Health visitors are trained and experienced in working with both adults and children, and are able to work with the whole family. They are ideally placed to identify and provide support for problems as soon as they arise.

Every registered health visitor has a code of professional conduct, and an agreed body of knowledge, defined by specified competences and assessment frameworks. This provides assurance to the public of the standard of care they can expect.

Health visitors and their teams deliver the Healthy Child Programme to ensure a healthy start for your children and family (for example immunisations, health and development checks), support for parents and access to a range of community services/resources.

This will include:

  • A visit when you are over 25 weeks pregnant
  • A visit when your baby is 10 to 14 days old
  • A visit when your baby is 6-8 weeks  old
  • A 9-12 month health review
  • A 2 to 2½ year review

The Health Visiting service also offers parents an expert response from health visitor teams when specific help is needed. For example:

  • Post-natal depression
  • Sleep problems
  • Breastfeeding
  • Feeding issues
  • Speech development
  • Concerns regarding behaviour

As well as also offering on-going support, health visiting teams also work together with a range of local services and with parents to deal with more  complex issues over a period of time. These include services from Children's Centres, community services including charities and, where appropriate, the Family Nurse Partnership. For example:

  • Disabilities - early support
  • Mental  health  issues
  • Drug  & alcohol  related  issues
  • Learning disabilities

When your child starts school, your child's records will be transferred to the school nursing service, who will continue to offer support when and where it is needed.


Where to find us

North Staffordshire

Stoke (North) – Cobridge Community Health Centre

Stoke (Central) – Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre

Stoke (South) – Bentilee Neighbourhood Centre

Services also operate in Newcastle-under-Lyme and Staffordshire Moorlands.

South Staffordshire

Burton (Inner) – Bridge Street Surgery

Burton (Rural) – Barton Health Centre

Lichfield – St Chad’s Health Centre

Burntwood & Rugeley – Burntwood Health & Wellbeing Centre

Cannock – Norton Canes Health Centre

Tamworth – Wilnecote Health Centre

Seisdon/Codsall – Codsall Clinic

Services also operate in Stafford and Stone. 



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