Policy paper

Celebrating Early Implementer Achievements - One Year On

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

This document captures the early successes, activities and learning and will inform future service development.



The 26 Early Implementer Sites (EISs) established in March 2011, have been aiming to deliver the full health visitor service vision and lead a step-change in the way these services are provided.

This ‘one year on’ report provides more detail about the outcomes of the heath visitor early implementer sites’ (EIS) activities. It is a ‘one stop’ access point to the main elements of learning that came from the initial group of early implementers . This will inform a second wave of service roll out, due to commence shortly, enabling to further improvement and development of local services. The twenty six case studies (one from each EIS), reflects learning and development stemming from the first wave of implementation and is aimed at the health visitor workforce, clinical leaders and commissioners.

The publication, Celebrating early implementer achievements – one year on, 150 years of health visiting services (1862–2012) summarises EISs’ work and highlights proven good practice. EISs’ achievements and learning over the past year include: ensuring universal clinical delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP); improving antenatal services, breastfeeding and immunisation rates, parental confidence and information sharing among practitioners and parents.