Description of activity
A health visitor is a qualified and registered nurse or midwife who works primarily with pre-school children and families. The role of the health visitor is about the promotion of health and the prevention of illness in all age groups.
Your health visitor will be able to support and advise on a range of areas such as breast feeding and weaning, safety, immunisation, hygiene, Post natal depression as well as physical and emotional development and other aspects of health and childcare.
Health visitors are also able to advise on all aspects of family health and social issues that may impact on families. Health visitors work in partnership with GPs and other members of the primary healthcare team, and other health professionals such as therapists, community paediatricians, and child and adolescent mental health services.
Health visitors work in collaboration with other agencies such as local authority children’s services, early year’s children’s services and local housing departments.
The health visiting service also has close contact with, and may refer families to, support groups in the voluntary sector such as Home Start.
The health visiting Service is universal for all families with a baby/toddler 0-5 years.
The health visiting service is notified of new births and mothers will receive contact directly.
Health visiting administration hub
To contact and/or make a referral to your local Health Visiting Team please contact the trust's health visiting administration service