Health visitor programme: early implementer sites case studies

Case studies from organisations at the forefront of delivering the new health visiting service model. They focus on innovation and improvements in quality.



These 20 case studies build on the work published in Celebrating early implementer achievements - one year on, 150 years of health visiting services (1862-2012).

They are intended as a resource for sharing and learning among NHS public health professionals and early years staff.

The case studies 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

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

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.

A second package of 20 case studies was published in July 2013.

Published 7 December 2012