- Article: Baldwin S (2012) Exploring the professional identity of health visitors. Nursing Times; 108: 25, 12-15.
- The role of health visitors has been in flux since its conception in the mid-19th century
- Health visitors’ role has changed over the years and this has affected the profession’s identity
- It has been linked with nursing despite the different origins of the two professions
- There is a complex relationship between health visiting and public health
- Agenda for Change has also impacted on the profession
- The title “health visiting” has been criticised for not being explicit in describing what the title-holder does, compared other professional groups where the roles are clearer, such as nurses and teachers. How would you describe the components of the health visitor role?
- The author of this paper outlines how the health visiting role has evolved, changed and expanded over the years. How has this affected the professional identity of these practitioners?
- The role of the health visitor has often been linked to with nursing despite the different origins of the two professions. Why do health visitors need a nursing qualification?
- The health visitors’ role overlaps with a number of other professional groups such as social work and practice nurses. Do these groups pose a threat to the identity of the health visitor role? Explain your answer.
- The government aims to recruit 4,200 new health visitors by 2014. What impact with this have on the profession and its professional identity?