Weekly News 23rd January 2014

New Student Update Class of 13/14

A big welcome from the HV Programme team to all our new students that have started this month. The final intake day for HV students that will qualify during the HV Implementation Plan is Monday 27th January.

As it stands currently there are 110 student health visitors starting this month. Added to this are the 270 that commenced in September 2013 and 8 undertaking Return to Practice courses. A grand total of 388 WOW!

The start of a wonderful career.

Health Visitor Leadership

We have now reached the next phase of our investment in leadership training for all health visitors and are pleased to announce that funding has been made available to Trusts to deliver their chosen model of training for front line health visitors. A number of organisations have chosen Sustain STEPS training and others have opted to use alternative approaches. Whatever model has been chosen it will start to be delivered very soon and will be available for all health visitors whether you are newly qualified or more experienced.

Click here to read more about STEPS training; as published in the Community Practitioner.

Become an iHV Domestic Violence and Abuse Expert

There are still places available at the event in Cambridge on 4th and 5th February which Health Education East of England is hosting.

The Department of Health has commissioned the Institute to create 300 local domestic abuse and violence (DVA) Health Visitor Experts. They will work with iHV-developed evidence based tools to train colleagues in the detection and management of DVA, and then act as expert resource for their colleagues, supported by the iHV. This free training, which provides 14 hours CPD, will be delivered around England from December 2013-March 2014.

This training is intended for:
• Specialist health visitors working in the area of DVA or safeguarding
• Health visitors with a minimum experience of 2 years in practice who have managerial agreement to take up the role of iHV local DVA expert
• Specialist Practice Teachers (SPT’s)
• Lecturers/senior lecturers (only one form any HEI)

This is an amazing opportunity, as well as a challenging role. Part of your responsibility being not only to be a local DVA expert, but also to cascade the training to colleagues, so you must feel able to do that before requesting a place. It is essential that you meet one of these criteria and have formal agreement from your manager before applying.

To book a place, go to www.ihv.org.uk

London 22-23 January
Lincoln 28-29 January
Cambridge 4-5 February
Newcastle 12-13 February
Preston 24-25 March

If you have any queries please contact Virginia.Gilmour@ihv.org.uk

Lead Trainer: Dr Catherine Powell, recent Chair bASCPAN


Spreading the word more widely – sharing practice

Preparing for the SCPHN students in Cambridgeshire Community Services

We have learnt a lot along the way, as many trusts have, but as an organisation we have worked very hard to ensure our students are well informed and supported not only during the course but prior to starting at University. We have employed the September cohort two weeks early and the January cohort one week early to deliver a tailored service induction including mandatory training, allowing the students time to complete the online healthy child programme. There were two reasons for extending the course, one was to support the mentors by increasing the students entry knowledge and understanding the evidence behind the care packages health visitors deliver and secondly it was considered beneficial if the students had this elevated knowledge at the beginning of the course they would feel more confident with the narratives that they complete during trimester one. Although initially some students reported they felt overwhelmed from the depth of detail; it has evaluated very positively and we have repeated the process with the current cohort. The induction set a framework of our standards, expectations, ethos and commitment.

We have developed a ‘student pack’ which was given to each of them on their first day. It is a comprehensive document encompassing over 40 pages of information pertinent to our trust and service. We are acutely aware of the need to communicate clearly all messages, particularly when the cohorts are large and we are using the ‘roving model’ to support mentors and students. The pack welcomes the students to the trust and includes our trust vision and objectives, management structure, mandatory training, practice workshops, team charter, a trust learning contract and expectations of students in practice including what they can expect from their mentor and CPTs detailing how often they will be supported and by whom which are aligned to NMC guidelines. Each pack is individual to the team the student is working in with information about the team, caseload and useful networks.

Alongside this each mentor and CPT has a specific pack which has been adapted from the regional document (NHS East Midlands, 2012). This was to ensure that everyone was aware of their roles and responsibilities, expectations of each role, support mechanisms for where and how to escalate concerns alongside all the information that the student document contained.

For the past couple of years we have provided student practice workshops which have proved invaluable for students, mentors and CPTs. These support the mentors with day to day teaching and ensure as a trust we are efficient with time and resources. It also provides an evidence framework for the trust that we are delivering quality, continuity and a supportive ethos.

Although we have invested a huge amount time preparing for the cohorts it has been to develop and support the service as a whole and hopefully we will reap the rewards later with our investment.
NHS East Midlands. (2012). Practice Guidance Toolkit for Mentors and Practice Teachers.

Fleur Seekins Professional Lead for Health Visiting (fleur.seekins@nhs.net)
Julie Bunn Service Manager for Health Visiting (jbunn@nhs.net)


Facilitating the ‘Hit The Ground Crawling’ group – Hertfordshire Community Trust

A unique group that equips fathers with skills and confidence before their baby arrives. Today’s dads do eight times more caretaking than fathers did 30 years ago (now an average of 2 hours on a weekday in the UK). Father-figures and father-child relationships can have a huge impact on children. Research shows that involved fathers can improve emotional and educational outcomes.

The group is held within the local Children’s centre on a Saturday morning. Both dads who have recently had babies and a selection of expectant fathers are invited to attend. It’s a very informal group with lots of coffee, fresh pastries and bacon rolls.

The facilitator has set topics to cover, but this is directed by the dads. There is great discussion between the dads relating to the topics, helping the expectant fathers to understand the important role they play in becoming a father. The topics cover areas such as the birth, bonding, relationships between parents and practical skills. The group is unique in that it focuses on the feelings and experiences of the father rather than the mother’s perspective.

The fathers and expectant dads are very enthusiastic about returning to the group to discuss how their experiences went and always have a lot to say.

The group has been running since 2010. The long term outcomes of Hit the Ground Crawling are constantly being evaluated. With all participants rating 9.7 or above with 1 being not useful and 10 being excellent. At the 3 month follow up evaluation all fathers report that there have been positive improvements in parenting skills after attending.

Rachael Conway CPT West Hertfordshire



Child and Maternal Health Knowledge Update – 24th January 2014

To access this weekly bulletin highlighting the latest news, events, reports, research and other resources relating to children, young people’s and maternal health please use the link below.



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