Health Visiting Monthly News – November 2014

Hello All,

Welcome to November’s Health Visiting Monthly News.

As we get closer to the formal end date of the HV programme there is certainly no reduction int he amount of activity and energy both locally and nationally.  Focussed on improving outcomes for children and famiies.  This edition of the blog contains lots of news and updates that you will find invaluable.  next month we will give you an update on numbers of newly qualified HVs, more are graduating each month.

Dates for your diaries

HV Programme Action Week 17 – 21 November

Please have a look at what is on this week – HV Programme Week of Action 17 – 21 Nov

Celebration Awards Event 6th March 2015

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 please make sure you nominate worthwhile candidates:

Health Visting Programme Awards – Nomination Form

Health Visiting Webinars: Preparing Yourself for Interview – new dates November & December

Health Education North West’s Integrated Workforce Unit and Prospect Business Consulting are running a series of webinars to provide health visitors and student health visitors with the opportunity to improve their job application, CV writing, presentation and interview skills.

Click here for more information and registration:

Public Health Practitioner Scheme – Launch 5th December, 2014

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
UKPHR Standards and Indicators

New Date – ARU celebration event – now 15th January, 2015

This has been moved from 2nd December to 15th January and will be held at Hilton Stansted.  The invitations for applications and poster presentations are attached ARU Event 15.1.15 – Invite Booking Form  ARU Event 15.1.15 – Poster Presentation Flyer

Recent Publications

Revised Health Visitor Service Specification Document

(Sept 2014)

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

Educating Practitioners for Their new Role

(6 Nov 2014)

Health Education England have produced a useful document

Educating Practice Teachers for their new roles Ensuring high quality practice learning

A Framework for Personalised Care and Population Health for Nurses, Midwives, Health Visitors and Allied Health Professionals (July 2014)

Transfer of 0-5 Public Health Commissioning Responsibilities to Local Government – EoE Regional roadshow

Links to slides for this LGA event are below

7th Oct Conference Workshop 1 report and follow up on the early years High Impact area 1; Transition to Parenthood

7th Oct Conference Workshop 1 report and follow up on the early years High Impact area 1

ASQ-3™ Learning Modules

ASQ-3™ e learning modules x 2 are now live on the NLFH site accessible through your organisational on line training portal along with the e HCP modules.

See hyperlink for additional information

From 2015, health visiting teams will need to be using ASQ-3™ as part of Healthy Child Programme (HCP) reviews at age two, in order to generate data for an outcome measure of child development at age 2-2½.

To support health visiting teams with this, the Department of Health is purchasing

one set of ASQ-3TM British English materials for each health visiting provider in England.

To receive a set of ASQ-3TM British English materials, each health visiting provider should email a lead contact name and postal address to Penny Crouzet at the Department of Health (

Additional support resource for use of ASQ 3 in practice – if required this can be purchased from Brookes Publishing

iHV good practice point for HVs  ‘ Ages and stages (ASQ) Review

Tips for parents

iHV logo

Institute of Health Visiting

Compassionate Resilience   

Here is the link to the iHV briefing about the work under development around compassionate resilience in health visiting:

East Coast Community Healthcare – Children and Family Services Learning Day 

24th October 2014

ECCH staff share learning to promote healthy relationships for local children

The attachments children form with their parents in their early months and years determine the way they form relationships for the rest of their lives. That was the theme of a day of learning and information-sharing by East Coast Community Healthcare’s Children and Families Services this week.

Health visitors, school nurses and other ECCH children’s services providers were among around 150 clinicians who got together to promote best practice and share innovative ideas. Guest speakers at the event, held at the Royal Assembly Rooms in Great Yarmouth on Tuesday, included probation officer Sarah Hipperson who delivers the “Caring Dads” programme helping fathers in Suffolk bond with their children and specialist health visitor Maggie Phillips who spoke about the needs of parents whose children have disabilities.

ECCH’s health visitors, healthy weight practitioners and breastfeeding support teams from across Waveney and Yarmouth also gave presentations about the work they do and the difference it is making for local families.

ECCH Director of Health Improvement and Children’s Services Pamela Agapiou said: “Attachment is a key principle which our teams promote to new mums and dads. A loving and nurturing parental relationship builds a child’s confidence and self-esteem. Research shows that, without a loving role model, children struggle to make successful relationships throughout their lives. We do a lot of work with parents to help them form those bonds.

“Our information day was a chance to learn from each other and from other agencies we work with. It demonstrated that we’ve got a dedicated workforce who are able to support each other. They’re doing difficult work but they are also able to have fun. We celebrated our achievements and were able to thank our staff for their commitment to deliver the Healthy Child Programme.”

The Healthy Child Programme is the government’s early intervention and prevention public health programme for children, young people and families. It offers a programme of developmental reviews, screening tests, immunisations, information and guidance on parenting and healthy choices.

For further information contact:

Clare Weller – Communications

Tel: 07917 183823     Email:

Case Studies:

Cambridge & Peterborough Foundation Trust

First Day Nerves – Jade Rush,  Health Visitor, CPFT

“The first time I answered the phone as a fully fledged newly qualified health visitor my greeting came out along the lines of’ Student wait, Health visitor speaking!’, said with pride and some confidence mixed with that edge of uncertainty. After a year of answering the phone, attending meetings and visiting new parents wrapped in the comfort that I was a student and I had my mentor and community practice teacher for support, the feeling of being ‘out there’ was slightly daunting.

Taking a deep breath I reassured myself that this was what I spent the last year on the SCPHN course for and I was definitely qualified to handle whatever was on the end of the phone. Thankfully (or not) it was the lovely PA to our service manager who was probably somewhat bemused.

This rather average encounter summarises to me the emotions that bubble from this transition period from student to newly qualified health visitor. That alongside the excitement of fresh knowledge and the confidence that developed as a student health visitor, there remains this tentativeness that will only fade with time, experience and the support of my peers. There is no immediate remedy for this, in the mean time I can enjoy the privileges and satisfaction that working as a health visitor provides me with.

Useful Information

Feedback from Change in Public Health Agenda Event 7.10.14

Thank you to those of you who took the time to complete the survey following our event on 7th October – the results can be found here Survey Feedback 7.10.14

The Best Beginnings Baby Buddy App

was launched on 19/11/14 and can be accessed from the following hyperlink.

Please have a look at it and download it for info and use and recommend to all newly pregnant parents to be especially young mothers.

Latest Public Health Updates

Child and Maternal Health Updates – August 2014

We now have 365 Twitter followers – keep spreading the word!


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