This week has been Mental Health Awareness Week, this got me thinking more about mental health and health visitors role in this. 1 in 4 people experience mental health problems each year , with 1 in 6 reporting a mental health problem in any given week. Types of common mental health problems include: Depression Generalised… Continue reading #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek
Previous I have given an insight into the health visiting role in relation to service delivery and commissioning. However, our role consists of far more than the core contacts we report on each month. Here is an insight into a working day for myself, however two days are never the same. 8am Arrive at the… Continue reading Day in the life of a health visitor.
So this week 13-19th March 2017 is Safer sleep week run by The Lullaby Trust. The aim is to raise awareness among new and expectant parents of safe sleep practices that can reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Professionals can get involved in safer sleep week by promoting it on social media… Continue reading Safer sleep week
For this post I would like to raise awareness of a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis and the significance of Café au lait (CAL) marks in its diagnosis. I will be including the role that health visitors can play in recognising Café au lait marks and the importance of correctly documenting them. What is Neurofibromatosis? One in 2,500… Continue reading Café au lait marks and Neurofibromatosis.
So we are halfway through the CPHVA #HVweek and there have been many posts on Facebook and Twitter sharing information on health visiting around the country, with many places having organised local events in order to raise the profile on health visitors. As I have mentioned in earlier posts, I am passionate about informing more… Continue reading #HVweek – Love your HV.
In 2011 the government introduced the health visiting implementation plan a call to action 2011-2015. This plan aimed to increase health visitor numbers to improve outcomes for children, public health and early intervention, after years of cuts and huge caseloads for current health visitors. After having my third child I received one of the promotional… Continue reading Post qualifying.
If you read through the never ending pages on the internet you will read various information about the role of the health visitor, some certainly more positive than others. To begin with I can clarify that what health visitors don’t do is JUST weigh babies, yes that is a small part of my job but… Continue reading Health visiting role.