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First health visitor implementation progress report published

This news article was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The first quarterly progress report setting out progress on key areas of the Health Visitor Implementation programme has been published today.

The Department has committed to publishing progress reports every quarter until 2015

Published in December 2011, the  Health visitor implementation progress report set out progress on key areas of the programme during its first year of activity. This is a four year transformational programme linked to public health improvement.  Its key aims are to improve services and health outcomes in the foundation years for children, families and local communities, through expanding and strengthening the health visiting service.

The programme acknowledges that health visitors, working in partnership with GPs, midwives, school nurses, Sure Start Children’s Centres and other local organisations, have a crucial role in ensuring that all young children are able to get best possible start in life and are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

The Government made a firm commitment to increase the number of health visitors by 4,200 by 2015. Read the ‘Health Visitor Implementation Plan 2011-15 - A Call to Action, which sets out the Government’s commitments.

Read the Health Visitor Implementation Plan Quarterly Progress Report: April 2012