Health Visiting Monthly News – October 2014

Hello All,

Welcome to October’s Health Visiting Monthly News.

Welcome to all our new health visitors


Congratulations to over 220 newly qualified health visitors across the east of England. The health visiting programme team is delighted to welcome you to the profession and we know you will contribute to make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and families in our region.

Of course this couldn’t have been achieved without the tremendous input from your Practice Teachers, Mentors, your employing organisations and our partner universities so a great big thanks to you all.


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.

HEEoE HV Programme team can celebrate another successful Conference held at Rowley Mile, Newmarket Racecourse on Tuesday 7th October 2014.

The conference ‘Changes in the Public Health Agenda: opportunity to explore the implications and improve health outcomes for Children, Young people and Families’, targeted front line practitioners from health and early years services and attracted 140 delegates from across the region.

Julia Whiting introduced the 4 keynote speakers from NHSE Area Team, Local Authorities, Public Health England /PH data and a local provider. All gave excellent presentations on current and future requirements of integrated working to improve outcomes for Children, Young People and Families, copies of the presentations are on our website:

This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on building the capabilities of caregivers and strengthening the communities that together form the environment of relationships essential to children’s lifelong learning, health, and behaviour.

Unfortunately we did not get time to show this video on the day so please do spend 5 minutes out of your day to watch:

In the afternoon delegates then attended a selection of workshops which show cased several leading projects of integrated working in practice from organisations across the region and demonstrated how these fitted well into the 6 Public Health Early Years High Impact areas.  Thank you to the willing staff who presented at the workshops to make this a stimulating and informative afternoon. We were delighted Jayne Hollinshead from Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) was able to attend our event, delegates found the information stand from iHV extremely valuable to their practice.

A post event survey monkey will be sent out and the content of each workshop will be represented in future newsletter to share the best practice and information and application to each High Impact area.

Many thanks to Julia Whiting, Jess Ward, Rowena Harvey, Sue Mills, Helen Wallace, Oliver Inwards and Jenny Gilmour for organising the event and help on the day.

We received some excellent positive feedback on the day, below are the key words highlighting the day itself.

Word Cloud


Jayne Hollinshead – Institute of Health Visiting  iHV logo

We are pleased to share some excellent feedback from Jayne following her attendance at the conference on 7th October.

“It was an honour to attend the East of England event at Newmarket on 7th October on behalf of the iHV; the speakers were enthusiastic and passionate about making a difference for children and their families and that really shone through as they spoke about moving forward into the new world of Local Authority commissioning and working better together.

There was lots of interest in the work of the iHV and the resources that were available to look at on the day;  hopefully the health visitors and students that I spoke with will start to use the website as their first port of call when seeking the latest information for practitioners, as well as how to support families with the host of everyday issues and ailments that are the bread and butter of health visiting.

The opportunity to witness a sample of the wonderful multi-agency innovations that have taken place within the region was an honour; it displayed how far health visitors have already travelled in relation to addressing the six high impact areas. But the most significant thing I took away from the event was optimism. A Call to Action has put an unprecedented amount of pressure on health visitors since 2011; the demands of expanding a workforce have been met and creativity and innovation are evidently thriving within the region. All of the staff I spoke to were positive and relayed stories of how well supported they felt both within their organisation and their local teams, as they described some of the steps organisations had taken to ensure their wellbeing.

Well done East of England-you should be very proud!”


Public Health Practitioner Scheme

The East of England Practitioner Registration Scheme may be of interest to some Health Visitors and Team Members, please see information below. 
Friday 5th December 2014
12.30pm – 5pm @ THE NEWMARKET RACECOURSES, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0TF

LAUNCH Invitation


Marmot Indicators 2014 – New Data Released

The Marmot Indicators are a new set of indicators of the social determinants of health, health outcomes and social inequality, that broadly correspond to the policy recommendations proposed in Fair Society, Healthy Lives. These 2014 indicators can be accessed in a spine chart format, which displays data for a range of social determinants, for each upper tier local authority in England.

To find our more information on this please click on the link below:


Health Visitors interview preparation – October 29th.

Following requests from Health Visiting students, Health Education North West is offering a short webinair on ‘Preparing for Interview’ .This will be repeated on three occasions. The aim is to provide an opportunity for participants to quickly revise some hints and tips in preparation for interview. This is suitable for health visiting students who have just qualified or are qualifying in the next few weeks or months. For more information click here.


First Steps Nutrition Trust

First Steps Nutrition Trust is a member of Sustain, Baby Feeding Law Group and the Eating Better campaign and works with a range of professional organisations, NGO and charities to promote better nutrition in the early years. First Steps Nutrition Trust also co-ordinates the Action on Additives campaign.

For more information please click on the link below:

iHV Free course

Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). To address this issue, the Home Office is championing a proactive approach and has launched this free online FGM training package.
Free course. Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM
95% of people who have completed the course have said they would now do something differently in their role.
To complete this course please click on the link below:

iHV Final Induction and Preceptorship Packs

Following on from last month’s blog, we are please to now share the final version of the Induction and Preceptorship Packs.



Case Studies:

East Coast Community Healthcare CIC

Integrated 2 Year Review – Case Study by Sally Crane

Over the last 14 months I have been involved with development of the Integrated 2 year review. Initially as a partnership project site within Norfolk to explore and report options for Integrating Health and Education reviews for the 2-2 1/2 yr. child.

Why? Currently 2 year reviews through the Healthy Child Programme and the EYFS progress check have some overlapping features but neither was felt to represent a holistic picture of the child to parents, and there was potential for conflicting advice about the child. With an Integrated review health and education work together to best support a child and their family.

Initially working with Village Green Children’s Centre Nursery to explore how we could work together it soon became apparent that without a shared assessment tool this was difficult.

Due to resources etc. the most useful way to work together was through information sharing on a termly basis regarding those children that were in the 2 year nursery setting. This method along with those tried by other areas was then shared at regional meetings and fed back to project leads at DH.

The DH Project lead came to visit us at Universal House, to discover how ECCH is working and the area and demographics within.

Following this I was invited to London to take part in Workshops to further explore the different ways of working from across the country.  It was very soon apparent that there are a great many challenges including communication, information sharing, cross border issues (such as children living elsewhere to where they attend nursery), and how best to track children.

Locally we have also been involved in providing data in relation to the ASQ  scores across the 5 domains  with the aim that this is recorded and reported for the outcome measure of child development at age 2-2 1/2, which will be included in the Public Health Outcomes framework from April 2015.

ASQ 3 is to become the standardised tool. (With possible later introduction of ASQ S/E).

There is work going on with the authors around changing the wording to a more English fashion, which has been one of the main dislikes of clients and practitioners alike. Results pages for the Red Book and ‘tool/equipment’ requirements are also in discussion.

I am currently involved in monthly teleconferences so please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to share a comment or suggestion.

Sally Crane

Healthy Child Programme Lead

East Coast Community Healthcare CIC

Great Yarmouth and Waveney.



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