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Health Visiting Reform Pledge

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.”


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  1. maureen | Oct 22, 2011 | Reply

    Health visitors have always been at the forefront of health care. The only difference is that their work has not been recognised or given the credence it deserves. What, with a lot of them acticng as detectives in tracing and locating families who have probably just come into the country and where the children or mother are suffering abuse. Tracing of families can be quite an arduos task and a very important one. Then there is the expertise some of them possess such as specialists in newborn and maternal health. A lot have had added training as midwives, paediatric nurses, clinical supervisors, child protection specialist advisors and so on. It is about time that this government or any other government appreciate the health visitor. I can categorically say that health visitors do a lot more than some General practitioners whom the governments are at pains to please. The working conditions for health visitors is atroscious with a lot of them cramped into one little office space and no desk to work on, yet they work without complaint to avert a lot of would be crisis in families. I am saddened by the state of health visiting today.

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