Starting well

All the news and publications from the Department relating to pregnancy, birth and a child’s first few years.

Health Visitor Implementation Progress Report

The Health Visitor Implementation report published today, sets out progress on key areas of the Health Visitor Implementation programme, which began in February 2011. The key aim of the programme … Read more → – Health Visitor Implementation Progress Report

Statistical releases on breastfeeding and on smoking

The Department today published the latest quarterly statistics on: breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks – Quarter 2, 2011/12 smoking at delivery – Quarter 2, 2011/12 Key … Read more → – Statistical releases on breastfeeding and on smoking

Helping health visitors and school nurses prepare for the future

During September, more than 200 health visitors and school nurses attended two accelerated learning events, entitled ‘Maximising the health visiting and school nursing contribution’, which were held in Coventry. The … Read more → – Helping health visitors and school nurses prepare for the future

Remember to get your flu jab

The Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies, is reminding everyone in an at-risk group to come forward and join the estimated seven million people who have already had the … Read more → – Remember to get your flu jab

Plan launched to keep us healthy this winter

Older couple wrapped up for winter weather

The ‘Cold weather plan for England’, which aims to protect people’s health throughout the cold winter months, was launched today – the official start of winter. The cross-Government initiative reminds … Read more → – Plan launched to keep us healthy this winter

Preparation for Birth and Beyond: resource pack to help parenthood groups

‘Preparation for Birth and Beyond: a resource pack for leaders of community groups and activities’, which aims to help the NHS, local authorities and the voluntary sector in planning or … Read more → – Preparation for Birth and Beyond: resource pack to help parenthood groups

Viroflu vaccine and risk of fever in children under 5 years

A letter from Professor D M Salisbury, Director of Immunisation, advises clinicians to avoid use of Viroflu vaccine in children aged under five years because of an increased risk of … Read more → – Viroflu vaccine and risk of fever in children under 5 years