Two health visitors from Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust (LPT), have joined the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) Fellow scheme, a new country-wide group of 40 leading expert health visitors who are making a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.
Chris Davies is a locality manager for West Leicestershire Family, Young People and Children’s Services. Christina Brooks is health visiting lead practice teacher/clinical team leader for the service based at Melton Mowbray Hospital.
Ms Davies, who has a special interest in safeguarding children, breast feeding support, accident prevention and maternal and infant mental health, said: “I work very closely with the local Sure Start children centre programme in Charnwood to improve access to local services so that children, young people and families receive all the support and advice that they need, and that parents feel supported in their ability to become the best role models for their children.”
She led LPT’s health visiting service as a wave two early implementer site for the Department of Health’s national initiative to improve the quality and delivery of the Healthy Child Programme. This included trialling and implementing the use of promotional guides at antenatal home visits and at the six to eight week contact, and the use of an Ages and Stages questionnaire at health and development reviews.
“I hope that we will become key assets for our organisation”
Christina Brooks has been recognised for her leadership in increasing LPT’s health visitor prescribing rates for emollients from 25% to 80%. She has also been recognised for her exceptional practice, supporting women through domestic violence and for her child protection work.
Ms Brooks said, “I would like to take this opportunity to promote health visitor prescribing at a national level; prescribing has been my area of interest for a number of years and I feel that as a service, within LPT, we have made great steps forward in this area with extra innovation monies and training. This has meant an improved healthcare service for parents, who have not had to go to their GP to get emollient prescriptions. I also hope that we will become key assets for our organisation”.
As new Fellows, both health visitors will be invited to undertake a four-day leadership development programme, and will be awarded their certificate at a celebration event in March 2015.
Dr Cheryll Adams, director of the iHV, said: “We are delighted to appoint a further 21 fellows to the Institute to strengthen leadership in the health visiting profession and to help develop the next generation of health visitors. There is immense talent in our profession and our fellows lead the way in pushing the boundaries to ensure excellence in practice, ensuring that they and their colleagues continue to make a real difference to the health outcomes of children and their families.”