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Useful publications for health visitors

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Resources and tools are aimed at health visitors and people who work with them.

These resources and tools are aimed at health visitors and people who work with them to deliver the Healthy Child Programme for children aged 0 to 5 years old. They include professional pathways, guidance and education and training resources, as well as factsheets and questions and answers (Q and A).

The Health Visitor Programme Implementation Plan

The Health Visitor Programme Implementation Plan** sets out the purpose, vision, programme of work, governance and accountability for the programme as well as information on those involved in the delivery. **

Health Visitor Programme Implementation Plan 2011 to 2015 sets out call to action

Educating health visitors

Guidance for education commissioners, higher education institutions and lecturers setting out the approach on aligning education with regard to provision of a transformed health visiting service. Also sets out a more detailed rationale and suggestions for aligning the ‘new service vision’ and meeting family expectations.

Educating health visitors for a transformed service

Practice teacher framework

Pulls together all the published information around health visitor practice teachers.

Health visitor practice teacher framework

Health visiting career framework for first 2 years

Guidance on the health visiting career for commissioners, practice educators, line managers, service leads and newly qualified health visitors, including those who have responsibility for the skills, support and experiences of newly qualified health visitors.

Health visiting 0 to 2 year career framework

Health visiting: midwifery pathway

This guidance supports midwives and health visitors to deliver improved shared outcomes and greater integration of services.

Health visiting midwifery pathway

Health visiting: school nursing pathway

Provides a structured approach to addressing the common issues identified by both professionals associated with the transition of a family and child from health visiting to school nursing services. Builds on good practice and provides a systematic solution-focused approach on which to base future local practice.

Health visiting school nursing pathway

Maternal mental health pathway

This guidance provides a structured approach on common issues associated with maternal mental health and wellbeing, from pregnancy through the early months after the birth.

The maternal mental health pathway, focuses on the role of the health visitor but also recognises the essential contributions of partners in midwifery, mental health, general practice and third sector, and also supports professional practice.

Maternal mental health pathway

Factsheets and Q and As

Health visiting factsheets and Q and As for local authority and GPs

Further information for health visitors

The health visitor information pack describes the evidence-based approach of the work of health visitors and information on the transition of the service over the next 2 years and beyond.