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New survey shows health visitors need more time to provide PMH support to new mums

7th December 2015

The results from the Institute of Health Visiting’s State of Health Visiting Survey 2015 to find out today’s demands on health visitors will be shared with key figures from the world of health visiting and guests at the Institute’s third iHV annual celebration event being held in London on 7 December 2015.

68% of health visitors have seen an increase in postnatal depression over the last two years. 1 in 4 health visitors cannot provide every family with a postnatal mental health (PMH) assessment at 6-8 weeks, and 3 in 4 cannot at 3-4 months as recommended by the government according to the new survey findings announced by the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) and published in their annual report on Monday 7 December. Although these figures have improved from previous years due to the investment in health visiting by the government, they make clear the service remains under resourced locally to implement this important area of public health.

Dr Cheryll Adams, Executive Director of the iHV

Dr Cheryll Adams, Executive Director of the iHV

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