These case studies highlight innovations developed as part of the Health Visiting Programme.
These 20 case studies have been developed by organisations delivering services for children and families. The focus is on improvements in service quality and innovation, specifically along the strands of the ‘health visiting service vision and family offer’.
They are intended as a resource for sharing and learning amongst NHS public health professionals and early years staff.
The case studies listed cover one or more of the strands of the health visitor service vision and family offer: Community, Universal services, Universal plus and Universal partnership plus.
Community offers a range of services, including some ‘Sure Start Children’s Centre’ services and the services families and communities provide for themselves. Health visitors work to develop these and make sure local families know about them.
Universal services from the health visitor team is working with general practice to ensure that families can access the ‘Healthy child programme‘, and that parents are supported at key times and have access to a range of community services.
Universal plus offers timely response from the local health visiting team when specific expert help is needed. Including postnatal depression, a sleepless baby, weaning or answering any concerns about parenting.
Universal partnership plus
Universal partnership plus provides ongoing support from the health visiting team including a range of local services to deal with more complex issues over a period of time. These include services from Sure Start Children’s Centres, charities and, where appropriate, the Family nurse partnership.
Open access health visitor support for refugee and asylum seeking families
One stop shop for health and wellbeing
SMS listening project
Health visitor Facebook
Family echo listening project
Preventative working and rapid response for parenting concerns
Community based perinatal mental health assessment
Productive community services
Early start team initial family health assessment
Utilisation of lean processes: redesign of healthy child pathway
Early attachment service
Increasing choice and access: the healthy child clinic
Post natal: parenting support, education
Working towards baby friendly accreditation
Health visitor contribution to youth and family early intervention
Raising the profile and duration of breastfeeding
The health visitor parenting support surgery
Development of the learning portfolio and delivery of training packages
Development of the learning portfolio (leaflet)
Development of health visitor services for homeless/ transient population
Constipation pathway (leaflet)