Nursing Standard: A well-deserved higher profile: Health visitors are gaining greater recognition thanks to a new fellows programme

The work of Health Visitor Team Leader, Andrea Johns of East Cheshire Trust, is recognised in this recently published article A well-deserved higher profile: Health visitors are gaining greater recognition thanks to a new fellows programme” reported by Petra Kendall-Raynor, Well done Andrea!

Read the full article in the Nursing Times here

Health Visitors celebrate good practice in Leeds event

HV_NWHV Celebrate Share and Learn Event :
16 October 2014

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It is supported by NHS England, Health Education North East, Health Education North West, and Health Education Yorks and Humber.

There will be opportunities to:

  • Listen and learn from national and local speakers
  • Network with other professionals
  • Share your good work by running a workshop, displaying a poster

Apart from being of interest to health visitors, the  organisers are pleased welcome midwives, school nurses, local authority staff, managers and any other early years staff

Read more on the website     Download the flyer here.

Click here to book your free place on this event, the password is NEHV151014

Actions set out on government commitment to health visiting

Actions set out on government commitment to health visiting

 from Health Visitors – DoH by webteam-d
 The Department of Health has today set out the actions needed to keep on track the government’s commitment to increase the number of health visitors and to maximise the potential of their role to support children and families.

A letter to chief executives and directors of nursing:

  • provides a reminder of the requirements already stated in the 2012/13 NHS Operating Framework
  • presents a trajectory of growth in health visitor numbers to April 2015
  • indicates the regional breakdown of target numbers, including planned training commissions for 2012/13 and 2013/14
  • describes arrangements for delivery and assurance
  • recommends preparation of documents containing local information about health visitor services – to help prepare for forthcoming changes in the way these services are commissioned

Read the letter

The Department is funding a four-year transformational programme of recruitment and retention, professional development and improved commissioning linked to public health improvement. This will secure a future health visiting service that is universal, energised and fit for long-term growth.

At the local level, health visiting teams will be able to provide parents with health and development advice, as well as help connect families to the range of health and wider community resources that supports children – giving them the best start in life.

Health visitor implementation plan quarterly progress report: April – June 2012

Department of Health

This report outlines progress made by the health visitor implementation programme and finds that the Department of Health is on track to meet its committment to increase the number of health visitors by an extra 4,200 by April 2015.

It sets out key achievements during April to June 2012 in the areas of: professional mobilisation; growing the workforce; early implementer sites support & development programme year 2; communications and marketing; the delivery partnership group; and the school nursing programme.

A career in health visiting

A health visiting career
This guidance aims to promote understanding of the current picture, identifies areas of good practice, and suggests ways that these can be shared and enhanced. It gives an overview of the novice to expert journey and the pathway for newly qualified health visitors in their first two years. It was published for commissioners, practice educators, line managers, service leads and newly qualified health visitors, including all those who have responsibility for the skills, support and experiences of newly qualified health visitors.

Health visitor employment:

: from training to practice – a guide for employers

This briefing outlines an employment model to help meet the required increase of health visitor training places. It describes the employment model, its benefits and what you need to consider if you decide to implement this approach. It aims to help provide a commitment of employment to students, increasing the confidence of undecided potential applicants to move into the profession.

News from NHS Networks: 3 November

Progress report from the Department of Health on the four year plan to improve training for health visitors.
Care Quality Commission will be inspecting a further 50 NHS hospitals and 500 adult social care services as part of its work on dignity and nutrition.
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