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


I agree. The continuous dumbing down of the HV profession by management - some - who I may add - were once HVs is, quite frankly, appalling. We have some excellent Nursery Nurses where I work - but their role should be to complement HVs not instead of! I am afraid, the Health Visiting service is being decimated up and down the country, with so few home visits now allowed, that the home environment is not seen and a true assesment cannot be made. The number of developmental assesments has been reduced - see the Governments "Healthy Child Programme" - they have some responsibility here - that there is no wonder children are starting school without the basic skills to start their education. The commissioners need to take the time to find out about the HV roile as they are the ones commissioning these appalling decimated services, and demand from the providers a better service - BUT, they need to put the finances into the servcie too. I am in a position now where I feel embarrassed about the service we are "allowed" to offer, whereas I used to be proud of my job. I feel there is a lack of respect for the profession - no wonder the public thinks all we do is weigh babies - basically that is all the middle class articulate people get to see when they attend clinics and those who get an enhanced service are usually the ones who hide from you as they think you are there to take thier children away. What has happened to the principles of health visiting - the search for health needs - pah. The public health work has been totally eroded and the work is now reactive rater than proactive. In teh words of Sister Plume - although I am not that old ....." the welfare of our patients is at stake!"

Posted date

5 February, 2010

Posted time

9:12 am