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More health visitors recruited to support Norfolk families

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Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust has recruited over 60 extra health visitors after a recruitment campaign.

The trust has increased its number of health visitors by 69, since the start of an initiative to expand staffing levels within the local service.

It now employs 160, full-time health visitors, with eight more completing their training in early 2015. They serve around 42,500 children under five years old, and their families, across Norfolk.

The increase has been in response to the government’s pledge to boost health visitor numbers by 4,200 nationally.

Maria Richardson, the trust’s healthy child programme clinical lead, said: “The last four years have been very exciting.

“Training so many new health visitors and developing the skills of our current staff has been challenging, but we are pleased we have more health visitors to deliver services to all the children and families across Norfolk,” she said.

“The increase means that every child will have a named health visitor and be seen at least five times for an assessment of their development before they go to school,” she said.

The trust is looking to further increase its health visitor numbers next year, with the next round of student places being advertised in February 2015.

Local students undertake a health visiting course at University Campus Suffolk in Ipswich.

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  • Same old photo again, Nursing Times. Why don't you have more pics of health visitors?

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