Public Health England (PHE), NHS England (NHSE)and the Local Government Association (LGA) have issued a letter to all directors of nursing confirming details for winter planning in supporting children and families.

In the letter from Professor Viv Bennett, Ruth May and Ian Hudspeth, they advise that professionals supporting children and families, such as health visitors, school nurses, designated safeguarding officers and nurses supporting children with special educational needs should not be redeployed to other services and should be supported to provide services through in pregnancy, early years (0-19) and to the most vulnerable families.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV said:

“iHV is pleased and relieved that the Chief Nurses and LGA have supported our campaign for health visitors not to be redeployed again.  This profession has its own front line and infants and their families have never needed them more than they do at the moment.”