The Department of Health (DH) has announced it is on track to meet its commitment to increase the number of health visitors by an extra 4,200 by April 2015.

The DH says the increase in health visitor numbers should allow local teams to improve public health outcomes and provide personalised care, giving health visitors more time to provide parents with critical health and development advice.

Now in its 150th year the service will continue connecting families to the array of health and wider community resources that can help them give their children the best start in life.

Compared to last year, three times as many health visitors began training in 2011/12, which means more than 6,000 new health visitors should be trained before 2015. Later this year, some of these newly qualified health visitors will begin joining the frontline.

The programme of Early Implementer Sites continues to drive service transformation in a range of settings across the country, ensuring clinical delivery of the Healthy Child Programme. They are also ensuring improvements in antenatal services, breastfeeding and immunisation rates, parental confidence and information sharing among practitioners and parents.

The Journal of Family Health Care is also contributing to making the health visitor profession work smarter by canvassing their views via our Health Visitor Survey.

With the deadline for entering just four days away, hundreds of health visitors have entered for the opportunity to win entry to the CPHVA conference in November, with travel and accommodation included (a combined value of £1000).

Health visitors who have yet to enter can do so by clicking here and will also be entered into our £50 M&S voucher prize draw (one prize only, the winner of the £50 M&S vouchers will be notified by email on 16th July 2012).

Click here for more on the Health Visitor Implementation Plan - Quarterly Progress Report

Posted 12/07/2012 by penny.hosie@pavpub.com