Health Visiting

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The service is provided to families/carers with children aged 0-5 years of age registered with GPs in Cambridgeshire and is delivered on both an individualised basis and as a group approach through clinics, working in GP surgeries and other settings.

This service supports the health and wellbeing of your whole family from antenatal visits until your child goes to school, to ensure that your child is developmentally, emotionally and socially ready for school entry and has the best start possible in life.

Our Health Visiting team includes Health Visitors, Community Nursery Nurses, Student Health Visitors, Student Nurses and Administrators. Our Health Visitors are Registered Nurses or Midwives who have a specialist qualification in the care and development of children ages 0 – 5. They work within local communities to promote and improve health and reduce health inequalities. Community Nursery Nurses support the Health Visitor in delivering this service.

The aim of this service is to deliver the following through the Healthy Child Programme which includes:

  • antenatal contact 
  • ·new birth visit within 14 days 
  • 6-8 weeks
  • 1 year assessment
  • 2-3 year assessment
  • universal health promotion 
  • ·on referral, more progressive packages of care (for example video interactive guidance (VIG), infant feeding support, parenting support and parental mental health).

This service contributes towards:

  • parenting to include establishing sleep routines and behaviour boundaries 
  • parental health e.g. where to access health advice 
  • breast feeding and nutrition advice 
  • child development advice 
  • safeguarding e.g. recognition of indicators of child abuse and vulnerability (including acting on, referring and working with families)
  • Emotional health and well-being of the family
  • supporting children with additional needs
  • Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO)
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • School readiness.

Services are provided in a variety of settings including:

  •  the client’s own home
  • GP surgeries
  • community buildings
  • hospital facilities
  • clinics
  • children’s centres
  • playgroups and nurseries

There is an open access referral system in place with no exclusions.

Referral into the Health Visiting Service

Your midwife will inform the health visiting team automatically on your behalf, who will make contact with you directly.  If you need to contact the health visiting team you may do so by contacting the duty desk for your area.

Cambridge City and East Cambs

Huntingdonshire and Fenland

We work in partnership with the local authority and the voluntary sector who offer a range of services for children and families.  Click here for local authority offer.

For all Health Visiting and School Nurse enquiries, please call our 0-19 duty desk number which is 0300 029 5050.

All appointment changes and queries should be directed to the duty desk number above.

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