Health Visiting Monthly News – September 2014

Hello All,

Welcome to September’s Health Visiting Monthly News.


Welcome to all our new health visitors

By  the time you read this many of our students will have received their final results and will be feeling a great sense of relief and happiness that the course is over. Once again well done to all of you and to those of you still to complete we wish you the best of luck. We will bring an update on numbers of new health visitors next month when all the universities have held their final board.

As we said last month none of this HV Programme could have been done without the fantastic effort from our Practice Teachers and mentors. See the exciting news below!

A date for your diaries

Celebration Awards Event 6th March 2014

The HV Programme team are hosting a “Black Tie” awards event on the evening of the 6th March 2015, to celebrate the successes of the programme over the last 4 years. We have Viv Bennett confirmed to attend and present the awards with other VIP guests invited.

Awards will be presented in several categories for each Workforce Partnership Area.

The categories are:

Practice Teacher, Mentor, Preceptor and  BCC Work Place Advisor.

Places will be allocated to shortlisted candidates in January 2015.

This is a ticket only event, to be in with a chance to attend get your nominations in. Nomination forms will be available shortly.


A further Regional Workshop to explore the implications of changes in the public health agenda in order to improve health outcomes for children and young people.

7th October – The Rowley Mile Racecourse

Places are still available for this event for front line practitioners in health and children and young people services (0-5 years).


  • To describe the changes in the public health agenda for children and young people and their families.
  • To share regional and national practice, information and data in relation to integrated public health activity.
  • To consider the options for action for local partnership working between health and early years services to achieve improved health outcomes for CYP and Families.

This event will give you the opportunity to consider your role in future services through presentations and workshops.

The workshops are based on the 6 Early Years High Impact Areas.:

  • Transition to Parenthood.
  • Maternal Mental Health.
  • Breastfeeding.
  • Healthy Weight, Healthy Nutrition.
  • Managing minor illness & reducing hospital admissions.
  • Health, wellbeing & development of the 2 yr review.

Please click the link below to book your place!


Institute of Health Visiting.

More Fellows of The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV).

Last month we brought you news about the appointment of  Karen Afford (Hertfordshire) and Elaine MacInnes (Cambridgeshire)  as Fellows of the Institute of Health Visiting.  This month we are delighted to tell you about 4 more of our exceptional health visitors in the East of England that have been appointed.

They are:

Rowena Harvey HV Programme Lead for Peterborough and Cambridgeshire and Professional Lead Nurse for Health Visiting and School Nursing, CPFT

Fleur Seekins, Professional Lead for Health Visiting, CCS

Jo Lacey, Education and Training, Research and Audit 0-19 operational lead, NELFT

Jacky Syme, Practice Development lead 0 – 19 Service, SEPT Beds.

Very well done to all of you. You are great ambassadors for health visiting, your organisations and the East of England.

Please keep an eye on the iHV website for details on how to apply for the next round of appointments.


iHV Regional Leads for London

Last month we announced that Jenny Gilmour, HV Locality Lead for Essex had been appointed to a part time Regional Lead post for the iHV in London.

This month we can tell you that Dr Jo Lacey from NELFT has also been appointed to work with the iHV, also as a Regional Lead for London.

This is fantastic news and both Jenny and Jo will be a great team, supporting health visiting teams across London.


National Induction Pack

Health Education England has tasked the Institute of Health Visiting with producing new, customised Induction and Preceptorship Frameworks for Health Visiting. These pilot versions have been developed with Health Visiting leaders and experts from across England and in consultation with students, newly qualified, return to practice, practice teachers and senior managers from the health visiting profession. The new National Health Visiting Induction Framework is designed to outline the best practice standards for a high quality induction programme for newly qualified, return to practice and new to area Health Visitors (HVs).

Please find links below to the the final ‘pilot’ versions of the Induction Framework and Preceptorship Framework:

We hope you will find these  to be useful resources for new staff during their induction and preceptorship period.

Induction Framework: iHV_inductionpack_V12

Preceptorship Framework

Four of our organisations are involved with piloting the iHV Preceptorship Framework, these are:

  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
  • Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
  • East Coast Community Healthcare CIC

Preceptorship Framework:

Good Practice Points for Health Visitors

iHV have developed a range of Good Practice Points (GPPs) for Health Visitors (HVs) especially student and newly qualified HVs based on the wide variety of common issues we encounter in every day practice, and those parents ask about.

The topics are also based on the six high impact areas for health visitor public health outcomes, and the content of the Healthy Child Programme and the publication Birth to Five. They have been written by topic experts, health visitors and others using the most up to date evidence.

They have all been reviewed by academic HVs, senior HVs in practice and parents to ensure that they accurately reflect both the latest evidence and practice experience.

Education Initiative

The Education Initiative (EI) is an additional training offer comprising an extended CPD menu (Appendix 1) of professional development opportunities. It has been developed to support current transformation of services and the sustainability of the health visiting service following transition of commissioning responsibilities to local authorities in October 2015.

The Initiative was developed in partnership by DH and HEE and presents a range of learning that is, or will be available to HVs to support them in their changing role, to deliver service transformation and to build resilience.

It will also support them to improve delivery of the universal elements of the HCP and delivery of evidence based interventions to meet identified need, specifically comprehensive delivery of the following checks: antenatal, new born visit, 12 months and two to two and a half years and delivery of evidence-based interventions to meet identified needs.

These will particularly focus on the following High Impact Areas which have formed a foundation for much of this enhanced CPD offer:

  • Transition to Parenthood and the Early Weeks
  • Maternal Mental Health (Perinatal Depression)
  • Breastfeeding (Initiation and Duration)
  • Healthy Weight, Healthy Nutrition (to include Physical Activity)
  • Managing Minor Illness and Reducing Accidents (Reducing Hospital Attendance/Admissions)
  • Health, Wellbeing and Development of the Child Age 2 – Two year old review (integrated review) and support to be ‘ready for school’.

For further information and FAQ’s

In the East of England the majority of training opportunities are already available through on line training and through training programmes developed as part of the HV Programme. The programme team will be continuing to work with provider organisations to develop or source any further training according to local need.

Case Studies:

Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddies

Bedfordshire Breastfeeding Buddies (BBBs) are volunteer peer supporters who are trained and managed by SEPT Bedfordshire Community Health Services Baby Friendly Team. Mothers who have breastfed for at least three months can become BBBs, who provide practical and emotional support to breastfeeding mothers.

BBBs attend our Breastfeeding Management & Relationship Building course, which includes theoretical and practical elements.  Our BBBs undergo DBS checks, provide references, and complete an occupational health review, confidentiality form, and safeguarding course.

Buddies are then introduced to the 0-19 team they will be volunteering for, either in clinics or Baby Brasseries (our breastfeeding drop-ins) and are presented with their photo ID badge and Buddy T-Shirt. Each team has a Buddy Champion who is the first point of contact in the 0-19 team for Buddies.

In order to support and update our Buddies, the Baby Friendly Team holds Update & Reflection sessions every half term. We expect the “lifetime” of a BBB to be 12-18 months as they often move on as their children grow (although some have been with us for 4 years) – so we encourage our 0-19 team to continue recruiting mothers. Our Buddies are positively evaluated by our 0-19 teams for complementing the work that they do in supporting breastfeeding mothers.

BBB picture

Jacky Syme
UNICEF Baby Friendly Co-ordinator
Interim Practice Development Lead 0-19 Service
Tel01234 317151

Healthy Child Programme / Family Nurse Partnership Launch in Suffolk

Suffolk has now launched The Healthy Child Programme and Family Nurse Partnership. The whole day event proved to be a great success and made even better by the glorious sunshine.

There were many speakers, including Sue Cook, Director of CYP, SCC, Anita Farrant, Dr Dan Poulter MP, Professor Viv Bennett, Julia Whiting, Julia Bilotta, Clare Slater-Robins, Chris Welton, Terri Wright, Neil McDonald and Sally Hogg.

Each locality within Suffolk contributed to a variety of displays on Breastfeeding, Postnatal groups, School Readiness, Building Community Capacity and Family Nurse Partnership. Draft copies of the New Operational Framework were on display for staff to look at and comment on.

The Healthy Child Programme and new Health Visiting Model is now in the process of being fully implemented within Suffolk Health Visiting teams.

Chris Wheeler

Locality Clinical Manager, Suffolk County Council Children and Young People’s Services
Tel 01473 275214
Mob 07852 762 533 or


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