Health visiting teams within the Trust are leading the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP). The HCP is a national clinical and public health programme that offers every family a programme of screening tests, immunisations, developmental reviews, and information and guidance to support parenting and healthy choices.
The HCP is led by health visitors and delivered by health visiting teams in partnership with general practitioners, maternity services, children’s centres and other agencies working with children and families. The essential focus of health visiting work is prevention, early intervention and health promotion - working mainly with families where there are children aged birth to five years.
There are a number of exciting innovations within the health visiting service:
- Harrow is leading the way in the delivery of an integrated offer for two year olds - establishing innovative ways of effective partnership working as health visitors work collaboratively with early years services to ensure that resources are targeted to children most in need.
- In Ealing, the service has a centralised booking system in place for parents and carers for children’s development reviews - this provides greater efficiency and flexibility in the provision of the service through a family-centred approach
- Brent health visiting services are working collaboratively in a number of ways to create positive outcomes for local communities - the service’s clinical leads each sit on the children’s centres governing bodies located within their teams’ catchment areas. Brent also provides joint training around the Common Assessment Framework (CAF) and Team Around the Family (TA F), and joint working on parenting workshops
- Harrow is leading the way with breastfeeding support services - There is a breastfeeding team consisting of two breastfeeding peer support coordinators and approximately 28 breastfeeding peer supporters, who are local mothers, that volunteer to support other breastfeeding mothers. They offer telephone support and support groups and further help is available through their websits, w ww.breastfeedinginharrow.org. this initiative has achieved the UNICEF Baby Friendly Accreditation and is one of three community trust in London to have received this award. Ealing also has a number of UNICEF trained breastfeeding peer support workers in the health visiting service, who provide support to individuals and groups at home or in clinic
Specialist health visitor roles
There are currently a number of specialist roles within health visiting in Harrow and has resulted in members of the team being nationally recognised. Ealing also has a number of specialist roles developed to support the health visiting service. These include paediatric and maternity liaison health visitors, and looked-after children nurses. We are also recruiting to more senior health visitors’ roles to support complex cases and to work more closely with social care colleagues. This will help us provide a structured career path for experienced and highly-skilled health visitors.
With our three boroughs working together, London North West Healthcare NHS Trust is delivering the highest quality health visiting services across a major part of London.