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These evidence-based and CPD accredited training packages draw on the learning from a detailed appraisal of the research supporting sleep – undertaken by Maggie Fisher – a sleep specialist health visitor with over 30 years’ experience in the field. Lack of sleep can have a devastating impact on children, families and relationships, the consequences of which can be serious and far reaching.

The Royal Society of Public Health worked with the University of Oxford in 2015 and concluded that, as sleep plays such a pivotal role in the nation’s health and wellbeing, it needs to be a key priority for the public’s health. It is good to see that the importance of sleep is finally getting recognition in “Advancing Our Health – Prevention in the 2020s.”

Previously, the Mental Health Foundation identified sleep deprivation as a major public health priority (Robatham et al 2011). Health visitors and their teams can play a central role in preventing the occurrence of sleep and settling issues. When difficulties do arise, they can effectively support sleep deprived families and use evidence-based sleep interventions to manage sleep and settling issues.


Sleep options


Sleep Masterclass

This intensive and in-depth programme assumes extensive prior knowledge and experience in managing common settling and sleep issues and is therefore suited to experienced health visitors and those who have already undertaken practitioner level sleep training previously. The masterclass uses group work and interactive learning strategies to explore the management of a number of complex

1 Day
Experienced Health Visitors

Sleep Issues Awareness programme

This programme has been accredited by CPD Standards Office The aim of this awareness CPD accredited programme is to support practitioners to understand normal sleep and how to prevent sleep and settling issues occurring and to increase practitioner confidence and competence in managing sleep and settling difficulties. The workshop explores normal patterns of sleep and

1 Day

Sleep Assessment and Intervention Development Programme

This development programme is designed to be delivered across four modules over two days. It will equip you with the skills to practice authoritatively in partnership with parents, to effectively support families to promote healthy sleep and manage infant sleep and settling difficulties. The programme has been created by a sleep specialist health visitor with

2 Days