We know that many of you are asking questions about how the COVID-19 pandemic impacts your families and the important services that you provide.
The iHV is closely following the advice and reports of the UK Government – and share some of the latest COVID-19 guidance and new iHV professional advice to help you in practice.
This webpage is to support health visitors.
For parents and families – please see our Parenting through Coronavirus (COVID-19) webpage – https://iHV.org.uk/ParentingCOVID19
This page is being regularly reviewed and updated.
General GOV.UK / NHS/ PHE Guidance
GOV.UK Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you need to do
Contains all the latest COVID-19 updates from UK Government.
GOV.UK Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp
The new free to use service aims to provide official, trustworthy and timely information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19), and will further reduce the burden on NHS services.This will help combat the spread of coronavirus misinformation in the UK, as well as helping ensure people stay home, protect the NHS and save lives.
Simply add 07860 064422 in your phone contacts and then message the word ‘hi’ in a WhatsApp message to this number to get started.
Guidance for health visiting practice
Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection and pregnancy
Guidance for healthcare professionals on Coronavirus (COVID-19) infection in pregnancy, published by the RCOG, Royal College of Midwives, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Public Health England and Health Protection Scotland.
iHV COVID-19 professional advice for health visiting practice
Delivering the Health Visitor Healthy Child Programme during the COVID-19 pandemic
Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative
The Unicef statement includes:
- Public Health England (PHE) guidance – If you are breastfeeding while infected
- Accessing infant formula – information from First Steps Nutrition Trust
A Unicef quick reference guide for health professionals on supporting mothers to maximise the amount of breastmilk they are able to give or to re-lactate if they have stopped breastfeeding and wish to re-start.
Specific guidance for devolved UK nations
Practitioner health and wellbeing
As Specialist Community Public Health Nurses, we are all focused on the care, health and wellbeing of the families that we are working with and may forget ourselves. The wellbeing of practitioners is essential to enable provision of safe and effective care. The following links provide useful resources to support you. Look after yourself and follow the Government’s COVID-19 guidance on social distancing and self-isolation as needed and employ strategies which help you manage your own mental health and wellbeing during this time.
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Many people will be experiencing anxiety about their health and safety during this time. This page provides information about COVID-19 and how to manage your mental health during the pandemic.
Doctors of the World
Advice for patients in 23 languages, produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice. Based on the government’s advice and health information, to help ensure this important guidance reaches migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the UK.