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health visitor

A qualified and registered nurse or midwife in the UK who is specially trained to assess the health needs of individuals, children and their families, and the wider community. They aim to promote good health and prevent illness in the community by offering practical help and advice. The role involves visiting people in their homes, particularly new parents and children under five, and working with other sections of the community. Health visitors also work in GP surgeries, health clinics, and health centres.
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OVER-STRETCHED health visitors today warn that children will die unless cuts to their service are reversed.
IHV chief Dr Cheryll Adams: "Unless cuts are stopped now, we'll see a further reduction in health visitors and more negative outcomes for children"
A Scottish Government spokeswoman said: "The rise in vacancies is partly due to the creation of 500 new health visitor posts between 2014 and 2018, and obviously it takes time to fill these posts.
Miriam, who has been a nurse for more than 20 years, says her health visitor role is incredibly rewarding.
Emma Cummings, health visitor at Lancashire Care Foundation Trust and research intern with North West Coast Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC).
Vicky Gilroy, a lecturer at Northumbria University, is one of 150 outstanding health visitors to receive a fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting.
If you'd like to talk to a health visitor Monday to Friday between 5pm and 8pm call 030 330 9588.
Mrs McArdle continued: I would encourage any nurse or midwife with the relevant experience, who are interested in children and families and who think they can make a difference in people s lives, to consider applying now to train as a health visitor.
Birmingham Community Healthcare's associate director for universal children's services, Liz Webster, said: "We are very pleased to provide this earlier health visitor contact as it will enable us to set in place a structured way of working with parents during pregnancy and the immediate postnatal period."
Julia added: "Being a health visitor is something I am incredibly passionate about so I was absolutely delighted for Stephen to join me for one of my visits to understand more about the service we deliver in the community."
Another 100 specialists will be trained up over the next two years as part of a government drive to double the number of health visitors nationally, ensuring mums get more help both before and after birth.
THE health visiting team at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been strengthened with the appointment of nine students and two return to practice health visitors. The recent boost to health visitor numbers follows a recent Department of Health pledge to recruit an additional 4,200 health visitors across the NHS by 2015.

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