Weekly News 28th February 2014

Recent Publications

NICE: Public Health Programme Guidance – Domestic violence and abuse – how services can respond effectively
NICE’s Public Health Programme Guidance on Domestic violence and abuse – how services can respond effectively (PH50) has been published this week.

The full guidance and background papers, are available now on the NICE website here: http://guidance.nice.org.uk/PH50

NICE Pathways is an online tool for health and social care professionals that brings together all related NICE guidance and associated products in a set of interactive topic-based diagrams. Please see the link to the Pathway for this guidance here: http://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/domestic-violence-and-abuse

Getting to know your health visiting and school nursing service – fact sheet for parents
Parent Fact Sheet_FINAL

Fundamental Review of Pre-Registration Nursing – Monthly Newsletter

Kathy Branson is leading a fundamental review of pre-registration nursing. HEEoE spends over £100m a year on commissioning pre-registration education education for nurses and the programmes vary in quality and content. So this review aims to engage with services providers, HEIs and other stakeholders to improve the quality of programme delivery, both within HEIs and the practice learning environment. We are pleased to attach the first edition of the monthly newsletter.
Pre-Reg Nursing Review Newsletter 1 – 28 2 14

Child and Maternal Health Knowledge Update – 28th February 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.

Spreading the word more widely – sharing practice

Building Community Capacity Project
Thorney Bay Under 5’s Group.

As part of my transition from Student Health Visitor to Qualified Health Visitor I was asked along with other colleagues to identify an area of need within my working area and set up a BCC project.

I work within an area that covers a Caravan Park, Thorney Bay which is an area on Canvey Island that has significant deprivation and houses many isolated families.

Currently on Thorney Bay there are around 1,100 caravans and around 200 children 0-19 years of age.

The group was set up to build confidence and friendship within the community, to reduce isolation and promote community capacity for parents and children living on Thorney Bay.

During the project it became apparent that there is a high turnover of families that live on Thorney Bay, some of which come and go before we know about them.

Both the Health Visitors and the Outreach workers worked closely with the Administration Department on Thorney Bay for us to identify families that were living on the site with children under the age of 5 years.

We worked in partnership with the Outreach Caravan to provide a venue for parents to seek advice and support and to be given the opportunity to socialise with other resident’s within the community.

We wrote to Local shops requesting donations of baby equipment, toys and food.

This enabled us to provide the clients with refreshments and the children with small toys such as colouring books, crayons, books, arts and crafts. Many of these things appeared to be a luxury to some of the clients and were gratefully received.

The response we had from local Supermarkets was overwhelming, many donated refreshments such as coffee, tea and small toys, books etc.

During this project it became evident that our client group has variable levels of motivation and needs.

We learnt to adapt our skills to meet client needs, breaking perceptions of professional barriers. Relationships between professionals and clients needed to be grounded before clients would become entrusting.

We achieved a better understanding of Collaborative working and demonstrated that we could plan, implement and evaluate a service

For more information please contact:
Donna Gosling (Donna.Gosling@sept.nhs.uk)
Health visitor



Goodbye and Good Luck Sophie
Today is Sophie Lakes, our brilliant Programme Support and blog producer’s final day in the team. Sophie is returning to progress her legal career and we all wish her well for the future. Sophie has made a big difference in her time with the team and undoubtedly will be a hard act to follow.


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