Health Visiting Monthly News – 16th June 2014

Welcome to the refreshed HV Monthly News.

As a HV Programme team we have been busy planning for the conference being held on the 24th June called New Opportunities in Children’s Public Health. This is a conference for senior managers in Local Authority, Public Health and Health Services to explore and share new ways of working and showcase the work Health Visitors do to meet the Public Health Outcomes Framework, to improve the outcomes for children and their families. This is a fantastic opportunity for us to demonstrate the depth and breadth of the Health Visitors role and how this interweaves with Local Authority Children’s Services.

The Healthy Child Programme Integrated Commissioning Pilots have started across the region, for more information about what is happening in your local area please speak to your Health Visitor Service Lead.

This monthly newsletter gives you more information about Health Education England’s Mandate for providing continuing education and training needs for Health Visiting. The whole document sets the direction of travel for all health care professions.

We hope this newsletter gives you an update on what is happening both Nationally, Regionally and Locally. As always we welcome any feedback and any contributions for future editions.

Happy Reading

HV Programme Team


HEE Mandate

 The draft mandate from the Government to Health Education England, April 2014 to March 2015 contains a numbers of key HEE responsibilities, related to health visiting, as shown below:

  • HEE will develop a continuing professional education framework for the existing maternity and early years workforce by March 2015 so that all healthcare professionals – for example, midwifes and health visitors – who come into contact with women using maternity and postnatal services have access to bespoke training to optimise the care and treatment of women with perinatal mental illness.
  •  Set out how health visitor attrition rates and current staff retirement plans are being addressed within workforce modelling plans.
  •  Ensure sufficient, high quality placements are available for all trainees.
  •  Contribute to effective planning for the transition of trainee health visitors from training into employment to meet the agreed trajectories.
  •  Reduce attrition rates from training programmes.
  •  Ensure newly qualified and existing health visitors have access to high quality support and continuing professional development programmes.
  •  Working with Public Health England and local authorities, HEE will ensure sustainable development of the health visiting workforce, including plans for the numbers of future training places, and to support the smooth transfer of commissioning of health visiting services to local authorities from 1 October 2015.


Health Visitor Implementation Plan 2011-15

Health Visitors have a crucial role in ensuring that children have the best possible start in life, and are the backbone of the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 years, in partnership with other health and social care colleagues.

The Health Visitor Implementation Plan 2011-15 was published in February 2011, and sets out the full range of services that families will be able to expect from health visitors and their teams.

The Plan focuses on training, recruitment & retention, professional development and improved commissioning of the service over a four year period to 2015.  A refreshed document, ‘Implementing the Health Visitor Vision: 2013 onwards’, has been recently produced to solidify these aims and describe the role of the various key players in the new NHS landscape.

Please click on the below link for more details:

Recent Publications

Latest Public Health Updates


Child and Maternal Health Knowledge

Update – 5th June 2014


Service User Involvement in Suffolk

As part of the process for the implementation of the New Model of Health Visiting and the Healthy Child Programme a series of service user events were recently set up in March and April to promote discussion and feedback with parents and carers on the proposed new ways of working and service delivery.

Every Health Visiting Team across the county (excluding the Waveney area) was asked to plan at least two events at local settings where members of the team could display a variety of colourful posters designed to outline the new service and be available to discuss what the changes might mean for families in Suffolk and to ask what they thought about them.

We also produced a concertina leaflet designed in the same format as the posters to give out in clinics which also signposted service users to a Survey Monkey questionnaire on line. Hardcopies of the questionnaire were also available for those who preferred to fill in by hand with a post box situated nearby the clinic.

The events were well attended and prompted much discussion about the Health Visiting Service and we were very pleased to receive over 400 responses to the questionnaire. The results were really positive and many of the verbal and written comments from parents confirmed how well the service is perceived and several gave well thought out suggestions on where improvements could be made.

Next steps are collating all of the information received and using it to help the implementation of the Health Child Programme here in Suffolk in ways that are child and family focused.


For more information please contact:

Julia Bilotta, Service Development Manager, Suffolk County Council



New Opportunities to Public Health for Children’s Services

Regional Event for Senior Managers in Children’s Services, 24th June, Newmarket Racecourse, 10am – 4pm  

A follow up event for Practitioners will be arranged for October 2014, more details to follow.

Essex Communites of Practice Event – 9th July

Please see below attachment and email to book a place.

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