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National data shows that a significant proportion present with low acuity conditions and could be seen in a primary care setting or advised by a health visitor

Enhanced knowledge around the prescribing process and management of symptoms supports health visitors in their role in managing minor illness and providing interventions to families.


Health visitors promote appropriate access to the right healthcare choice for the child; empowering parents make such choices and educating parents about signs of wellness and illness as well as those signs requiring an emergency response. There is a raft of guidance on the management of common childhood illness to support practitioners’ knowledge base and practice in this area.

Access our new Reducing Childhood Accidents training course

For the full High Impact Area guidance on Managing Minor Illness , click here

Minor ailments at home

Watch a video of Dr Francesca Cleugh, Paediatric Emergency Consultant at Imperial College London, explaining why families access accident and emergency departments, and how health visitors can be up-skilled to support families to manage minor ailments at home.

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