Health visitors are registered nurses/midwives who have additional training in community public health nursing. We work with parents who have new babies, offering support and informed advice from the ante-natal period until the child starts school at 5 years.
In Derbyshire we work in teams but you will have a named Health Visitor who has sole responsibility for a caseload and will support you and your family until your child reaches school age. You can contact us via our single point of access (SPA) on 01246 515100 (Mon-Fri 9-4:30 or email us DCHST.Childrensspa@nhs.net.
Health visitors’ visit parents through a minimum of 5 universal home visits from late pregnancy through to a developmental assessment at 2 years and in Derbyshire we also have a preschool contact delivered by our community nursery nurses to support you and your child with school readiness. These visits are usually in the home, but the health visitor may invite you to join groups, clinics and networks run by the health visiting team or colleagues who work with them such as: nursery nurses, children centre staff, voluntary organisations.
Families from all walks of life may need support for specific issues that affect their children’s health and development, so the actual service provided to each particular family will vary according to a personalised assessment of their own needs and evidence of what will work for them.
Usually your antenatal contact would take place as a face to face visit to your home so that you can meet your named Health Visitor before the birth of your baby and they can support you with information about
- Role of the Health Visitor and the Healthy Child Programme.
- Preparing for your baby’s arrival.
- Preparing for parenthood and becoming a family.
- Preparing other children in your family for baby’s arrival.
- Looking after your new born baby.
- Choosing how to feed your baby.
- Getting to know your baby – understanding your baby’s cues and communicating with your baby.
- Baby brain development and social interaction.
- Safe sleep and reducing the risk of cot death
- Your emotional wellbeing and changes in your relationship.
- Healthy lifestyle choices
- Safety in the home
In light of COVID-19 we are providing a contact by phone or video conferencing to maintain social distancing. If you do require more support following the call then a Health Visitor will make arrangements to see you at home. It will not be necessarily the health visitor you will have once your baby is born.