17th April 2020
We recently asked health visitors across the UK what the big issues were for them under the COVID-19 pandemic. We have used the responses very proactively with government to provide a window into health visiting practice in April 2020 and the support that the profession needs.
One issue came up very frequently: redeployment and its impact on the service and on health visitors themselves. We have sought national advice from NHS England and NHS Improvement who are leading the COVID-19 response on their views regarding safe levels of redeployment. They are very clear that any redeployment decisions should be based on careful workforce modelling and risk assessment.
We hope that the attached document based on health visitor responses will be helpful where redeployment decisions need to be challenged. We have also included information on sources of support for practitioners during this difficult time – some places to find personal support