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Good News Stories about Health Visiting

17th January 2020

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) is delighted to publish ‘Health visiting – Good practice case studies’ to support our recently issued ‘Health Visiting in England: A Vision for the Future’ – our evidence-based blueprint to rebuild health visiting services.

This resource of ten shortlisted good practice case studies is just a small representation of the great work that health visitors are doing throughout the country – they showcase high quality care in a number of different settings, demonstrating the “art of the possible”.

Giving every child the best start in life remains a key government priority and this document is intended to help spread good practice by learning from those who are leading the way, often in difficult circumstances.

Alison Morton, Director of Policy and Quality at the Institute of Health Visiting, commented:

“As we start the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, in honour of Florence Nightingale, a pioneer for public health and founder of modern nursing, it is timely to publish ‘good news stories’ about health visiting – to shine a light on the vital contribution that health visitors, as part of the nursing workforce, play in improving outcomes for children and their families.”

Collated in response to Public Health England’s call for submissions to support the refresh of the Healthy Child Programme and the 4-5-6 model, these good practice case studies represent a range of public health priorities, as well as initiatives to improve analytical capabilities and interventions to improve outcomes for the most disadvantaged children.

Ms Morton continued:

“We are very thankful to the authors of these case studies who have generously shared their time and expertise for the benefit of others. We hope that you will enjoy reading them and will share them with others through your networks.

“We plan to make this a regular publication and hope that this will support a learning culture in health visiting that will drive quality improvement to give every child the best start in life.”

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—-ENDS —-

For more information please contact: Julie Cooper on 07508 344716 or [email protected]


Notes to editors

About the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV)

  • The Institute of Health Visiting is a UK Centre of Excellence supporting the development of universally high-quality health visiting practice. It was launched on 28 November 2012 to promote excellence in health visiting practice to benefit all children, families and communities. 
  • The aim for the iHV is to raise standards in health visiting practice, so improving public health outcomes for all children, families and communities.
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