Health visitors support families with young children, we work in teams for a local community and will have extensive knowledge of your geographical area and its services.
About this service
Your health visitors are registered nurses or midwives; they come from a wide range of backgrounds and have a wealth of experience. Health visitors support families with young children, we work in teams for a local community and will have extensive knowledge of your geographical area and its services.
This means that we are skilled to help you and your family lead as healthy lives as possible, both physically and emotionally. As a service we use up to date health research and Department of Health guidance – so you can be sure that our advice is based on the latest evidence.
If at any time you are concerned about you child’s health and/or developmental which may benefit from specialist intervention, we would be happy to discuss the options in partnership with you. These may include referral to other specialists such as speech and language therapy, physiotherapy or a paediatrician.
Your Community nursery nurse
Our Community nursery nurses work alongside health visitors and have a range of childcare related qualifications which gives them expert knowledge of child health and development.
Tell us About Your Experiences
You can tell us about your experiences with the Health Visiting service by following this link to our Friends and Family Test survey.
Your Public Health Nurse
Our Public health nurses are registered nurses. They work with other professionals to support children with complex medical needs as well as specialist educational needs and their families within the community.
What we offer
Below are the 4 Levels of Service outlined by NHS England. These set out what all families can expect from their local health visitor service:
1.Community: Health Visitors have a broad knowledge of community needs and resources available e.g. Children’s Centres and self-help groups and work to develop these and make sure families know about them.
2.Universal: (The 5 key visits) Health visitor teams ensure that every new mother and child have access to a health visitor, receive development checks and receive good information about healthy start issues such as parenting and immunisation, the team can also be accessed for advice on sleep, behavior and feeding as an example.
The following 5 key visits are offered to all families under the universal level of service.
- From 28 weeks – Antenatal
- 10-14 days – New baby
- 6-8 weeks
- 9-12 months
- 2-2½ years
3.Universal Plus: Families can access timely, expert advice from a health visitor when they need extra support.
4.Universal Partnership Plus: Health visitors provide ongoing support, playing a key role in bringing together relevant local services, to help families with continuing complex needs, for example where a child has a long-term condition or there are safeguarding concerns.
if you have got concerns regarding a child’s safety please go to the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board
If you are new to Gloucestershire we will see you to explain our service and find out how we can help you and your family.
If your child goes to an Emergency Department or is admitted to hospital we are notified. We may give you a call to follow this up with further advice and information.
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