October 19 – Health visiting is to be “revitalised”, it was announced today. The Nursing and Midwifery Council promised “positive reforms” as health visitors met in Brighton for the annual conference of Unite/CPHVA. The announcement follows a shift of emphasis of the work of health visitors to work on the health and well=being of children and families.
The government has promised to create thousands of new health visitor jobs, seeking them as critical to tackling parenting problems. The NMC has promised to create new advanced categories of regulation, recognising the highly developed skills of many nurses
NMC chief executive Professor Dickon Weir-Hughes will tell delegates: “Health visitors have a pivotal role in tackling the serious public health challenges that have emerged across the UK in the last decade.
“They should be leaders in public health working across professional and organisational boundaries. This is a view that is shared by the NMC and the Chief Nursing Officers of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
“Our work will build on much of the work that has been led by the four UK health departments.”
He added: “We are planning a radical reform of the regulation of the health visiting profession. I would encourage health visitors to get involved in this work and help us to shape their profession for the future.”