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The Health Visiting Service works via a Public Health centred approach to help meet the requirements of the Children’s NSF and delivery of the core service for children and families as outlined in the Health Child Programme.

This is achieved by offering home visits, clinics and health promotion activities and a targeted service is provided to families with specific health related needs and this work is undertaken in partnership with local authority and voluntary providers to ensure a joint approach.

In order to respond to and respect the varied needs of our service users, the service provided is:

  •  Sensitive to the age and needs of the child and the environment in which they are best assessed e.g. home, health centre, GP premises or children’s centre.
  • Account for the language and culture of the child and the family during assessment and intervention, e.g. regular use of interpreting services.
  • Easily accessible to families on a local basis, ie walk able access.
  •  Delivered according to need of the population e.g. according to highest health needs and deprivation. The Universal service offer to all families is in-line with the Healthy Child programme.
  • Regularly review how and where services are accessed to ensure equitable access in the light of changing demographics and shifting populations
  • Take into account issues relating to access due to disability or learning difficulty and offer flexible services to be inclusive

In Wandsworth all Health Visitors and School Nurses work as part of one of 12 teams known as clusters. Each cluster is managed by a Clinical Team Leader (CTL).

We work closely with local Integrated Children’s Centre and where possible offer families access to health visiting services from Children’s Centre’s; providing a safe, supportive and healthy environment in which families and young children can learn, enabling children to improve their physical, intellectual and social development.

Our Priority to ensure we can support parents to enjoy their children and provide them with the best chance of reaching their full potential and optimum health.

What we offer:

Direct Provision of Service

  • Assessment of child and family via completion of a Family Health Needs Assessment
  • Completion of the Common Assessment Framework if referral to other professionals is indicated.
  • Targeted antenatal contact (Plan to offer Universal contact from Jan’13)
  • New birth visits. 10 -14 days post delivery (universal)
  • Six to eight weeks maternal mood assessment (universal)
  • Developmental assessment up to 1 year (universal)
  • Developmental assessment  – 2 years (universal)
  • Development assessment – 3 ½ years (targeted)
  • Support to children with medical and special educational needs.
  • Child protection  – case conferences, core groups and specific pieces of work identified in child protection plans, carried out in partnership with other professionals
  • Safeguarding children
  • Child health clinics
  • Postnatal support groups for first time parents
  • Baby massage
  • Sleep clinics
  • Behaviour management groups
  • Mother and toddler groups sessions
  • Weaning groups
  • Health promotion and education
  • Transfer in visits
  • Targeted visits in response to identified client need including follow up of Emergency Department attendance
  • Post natal depression follow-up visits
  • Health surveillance on all age groups and identification of deviations from the norm in health and behaviour with appropriate intervention and follow ups for e.g.: Early identification of developmental delay or health needs in children, Early identification of parenting difficulties, Early identification of Post Natal Depression

Indirect Service Provision

  • Telephone advice and signposting
  • Liaison with other agencies to facilitate the provision of appropriate and ‘seamless’ services
  • Training pre-registration nursing students (adult and child branch)
  • Training community specialist pathway students
  • Mentoring newly qualified staff
  • Preceptorship for new staff
  • Health promotion advice and guidance to other agencies, including help and advice in the creation of health related policies
  • Health education talks to parents

Contribution to the identification of children’s special education needs.