This year we are holding our national Health Visitor Week between 21 and 25 August
We are hoping to have a range of activities showcasing the valuable work that health visitors and their teams do. The week will have a daily theme as a guide, we ask that you think about how you would highlight the benefits of what the service does to a parent, commissioner, CCG or a young person looking for career advice. It may be that you organise an event at a community location, have a market stall, arrange a staff get together or invite members of your trust board, CCG, Director of Public Health etc to come out and visit with you or observe what you do in a clinical setting.
These will be our daily themes:
Safeguarding - the Health Visitors role in safeguarding children is an important one. It relies on good relationships and multi-professional working. How do you do this and how can you make it better? What do you do to reduce risk?
Healthy weight and the family – how you impact on the information and advice given to families to help them make better choices. We know the rates of breastfeeding can be improved, how do you encourage women to breastfeed and engage their families to support them while still ensuring that those who choose not to are fully informed and do so sensibly, safely and know how and when to wean.
The health conversation – nutrition, dental care, lifestyle and exercise, accident prevention, particularly the health of migrant and vulnerable groups. Due to the pressure created by having less contact time, how do you ensure the right health messages reach families? It would be great to know how services ensure that vulnerable groups get good access to appropriate services and information.
Maternal and Infant Mental health. This is something that the government sees as a priority. What local initiatives have been developed? How do you raise its profile so that families are more easily able to speak out?
Transition: Midwife to Health Visitor, Health Visitor to School Nurse. Now that we are more reliant on electronic communication how effective are these key service handover. What do you do to facilitate them?
Of course, we want you to take pictures and send them in to us, the best ones will feature in the Community Practitioner Journal. Send them to CPHVA
HV week celebration event for all health visitors and their team members
We will be holding an event to celebrate HV week. Please find details to register on Eventbrite here
Professor Viv Bennett, Chief Nurse Public Health England
Professor Judith Ellis MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Elizabeth Hayward, Health Visitor, Milton Keynes and Sally Markwell Senior Lecturer, Oxford Brookes University
Shabira Papain, Deputy CEO, Best Beginnings Charity
Ethel Rodrigues, Lead Professional Officer, Education and Northern Ireland