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


I too am an experienced health visitor, and totally agree with the other comments. Whilst nursery nurses do a sterling job there is no way that their being allowed to do ALL the developmental assessments as in my area, provides an holistic encounter with the parent and child. Inevitably things will be missed due to the lack of the specialist practitoner actually doing the assessment. We have also had to deal with being seconded and then TUPED over to our local council. As a result morale is at an all time low, those colleagues who were able have voted with their feet and very experienced health vistors are now describing themselves as ' council box tickers'. So severe is the workplace stress that I personally am having to retire before I feel ready to so. I've years of experience to offer and love the job but when one is made to feel utterly worthless professsionally what's the point of struggling on?

Posted date

4 February, 2010

Posted time

3:56 pm