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Preparing health visitors and school nurses for the future

24th November 2011

More than 200 health visitors and school nurses attended two learning events to help them prepare for future events and have confidence to deliver the new service vision.

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Entitled ‘Maximising the health visiting and school nursing contribution’, the events in Coventry were run by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

Viv Bennett, Deputy Chief Nursing Officer for England, who has responsibility for implementing the Government’s new vision for the profession was joined at the events by Pauline Watts, Professional Officer for Health Visiting and Wendy Nicholson, Professional Officer for Nursing.

Other aims were to inspire health visitors and school nurses to generate a sense of pride in their profession and encourage others to join, and ensure the workforce has the skills, support, confidence and motivation to deliver the new service vision.

Key themes which emerged were the need to: improve the profile, perception and influence of health visitors and school nurses and make these professions an attractive choice for students; improve the education and skill mix; improve commissioning standards for health visiting and school nursing services; and for more integration and partnership working.

Therapeutic relationships and a focus on clients and families, the need for good leadership and better information and technology were also issues raised.

The government aims to recruit a further 4,200 health visitors over the next four years ‘The Health visitor implementation plan 2011-15: a call to action’ and the School Nursing Development Programme have been developed to provide an opportunity to influence national policy and create a vision for health visiting and school nursing.

 

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