Doncaster Health Visiting Service – What We Offer
Why Health Visiting?
“Giving every child the best start in life is crucial to reducing health inequalities across the life course. There is a growing acknowledgement throughout the world that the first 1001 days of a child’s life are absolutely crucial”. The foundations for virtually every aspect of human development – physical, intellectual and emotional – are set in place during pregnancy and in early childhood. What happens during these early years has lifelong effects on many aspects of health and wellbeing, educational achievement and economic status.
The Health Visiting Service work alongside other health professionals including early years practitioners, voluntary organisations, peer supporters, GPs and primary and secondary care providers as well as children’s centres and early years staff to ensure a holistic service and focused on improving health outcomes, reducing inequalities at individual, family and community level. Health Visitors lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 (HCP), a prevention and early intervention public health programme that lies at the heart of the universal service for children and families and aims to support parents at this crucial stage of life, promote child development, improve child health outcomes and ensure that families at risk are identified at the earliest opportunity.
The Health Visiting Service workforce consists of specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) and teams who provide expert information, assessments and interventions for babies, children and families including first time mothers and fathers and families with complex needs. Health visitors (HVs) help to empower parents to make decisions that affect their family’s health and wellbeing and their role is central to improving the health outcomes of populations and reducing inequalities.
What do Health Visitors do?
Your Health Visitor will have extensive knowledge around child development and child health, parenting strategies, breast feeding, nutrition, maternal mood, and community support. They offer support with social, emotional and environmental issues that affect families. Health visitors work as part of a healthcare team which includes Nursery Nurses and community Nursery Nurse Assistants by assessing the health needs of individuals, families and the wider community.
Our Health Visitors are highly skilled in the assessment and coordination of support tailored to individuals and family needs. The Health Visiting Service leads and coordinates the Universal Healthy Child Programme, which offers 5 mandated visits incorporating evidence based tailored advice, support and interventions for children and families as required from antenatal time to when your child goes on to school.
The Health Visiting service also offers targeted support for families in circumstances such as homelessness, domestic violence, breast feeding, low mood such as postnatal depression and children at risk, and children with additional needs.
How we work with other agencies
The Health Visiting team is community based and is accessible across a range of different venues, including the family home, Health Centres, Children’s Centres or by telephone through Single Point of Contact or via our Facebook site doncasterhealthvisitors.
A key focus for the Health Visiting team is to build community capacity by working collaboratively with health professionals such as G.P midwife, speech therapist and professionals in the hospital, social and voluntary care partners to deliver local public health campaigns and events.
Please follow this link for a full menu of services provided by the Health Visiting Team, which are tailored to the specific needs of families on their child’s journey to independence.
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