The ‘National Health Visitor Plan’ is a joint Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England and Health Education England document. It sets out how these partner organisations will work with the health profession, families and communities to achieve the government’s health visiting commitment to increase the workforce by 4,200, transform the service by April 2015 and support its sustainability beyond 2015.
In February 2011 the ‘Health Visitor Implementation Plan 2011-15’ set out action to revitalise the health visiting service, to help an expanded workforce to provide a new health visitor service model.
The department and partner organisations are now at the half-way point of a 4 year programme of recruitment and retention, professional development and improved commissioning linked to public health improvement.
‘The National Health Visitor Plan: progress to date and implementation 2013’ celebrates the successes of the programme so far and sets out how partner organisations within the new health landscape will work with the profession, families and communities in delivering the national commitment up to and beyond 2015.