The start of life is a crucial time for children and parents. Good, well resourced health visiting services can help ensure that families have a positive start, working in partnership with GPs, maternity and other health services, Sure Start Children’s Centres and other early years services. That is why the Coalition Government has made the challenging commitment to an extra 4,200 health visitors by 2015.
This plan sets out what implementing that commitment will mean for families, for health visitors, and for all who have a part to play.
The 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.
This is primarily intended for use by health visiting professionals, service commissioners and providers, higher education institutions, professional bodies and local partners.
The was originally published on the department’s website on 8 February 2011.