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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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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.
It has been recognised that BCC and The Health Visitor Implementation Plan (DoH, 2011) have unified the health visiting service and helped communities and individuals to help themselves.
Vicky Gilroy, a lecturer at Northumbria University, is one of 150 outstanding health visitors to receive a fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting.
Health visitors from Locala will be on the lines to support and advise families on a variety of issues including crying, feeding, teething and can even arrange for their own health visitors to contact them the next day.
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.
The Sunday Mirror has long campaigned for more health visitors to be hired, especially in London.
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.
Student health visitor Gemma Ricketts, 30 from Sedgefield, qualified as a registered nurse in 2003.
The Family Support Health Visitor Project will be available to families living in Caia Park.

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