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Using general nurses to fill health visitor gaps puts children at risk


I totally agree with this article, as a health visitor myself I am disgusted that our priority is now paperwork! meaning that precious time is spent on proving we are worth the money when we could be out there delivering the services. As a consequence a number of health visitors are considering leaving the profession or moving to areas where paperwork is not yet the top of the list in priorities. We were technically demoted with Agenda for Change (one of the worse thing to happen to nursing, I know of very few people that did well out of this), unless they increse the level of pay and reward health visitors for the work in child protection that we do, health visited will move back, or out to other sectors. I heard of many vacancies that have Never been filled due to the lack of potential candidates (apart that is from people without the proper qualifications, as all we do is weigh babies!) Train more, over the last number of years there has been a reduction in training places for health visitors at a time when a large number are do to retire.

Posted date

31 January, 2010

Posted time

9:17 am