28th November 2012
The Institute of Health Visiting, which has now been formally launched, will promote the work of health visitors and ensure they have access to the latest research and practice materials.
David Cameron said that health visitors, who help new mothers and fathers adapt to life as parents, are “hugely valued”.
“I have always strongly believed that health visitors are vital in improving the health and wellbeing of children, their families and the wider community,” said Mr Cameron.
“That’s why I made a personal commitment to increase the numbers of health visitors in our country – and it’s a commitment we are keeping.
“We know that health visitors continue to be hugely valued by parents.
“The institute will support the profession so that more health visitors can deliver the best care and more families can benefit from their great work.”
The institute, set up as an independent charity, was launched by Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter.
Dr Cheryll Adams, founding director of the institute, said: “The unique role health visitors play in society should not be undervalued.
“They walk through every door where there is a baby, and work with families from all backgrounds, to help children receive the best possible start in life. The iHV believes this is the right of every child, and is committed to ensuring every family receives a universally high-quality service.”
Text and image sourced from http://news.uk.msn.com/health/pm-praises-vital-health-visitors