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Health Visiting Service

About Health Visiting

  

This is a public health nursing service for residents of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.  The team consists of specialist community public health nurses (also called ‘Health Visitors’), community nursery nurses and administrative staff.

The service provides:

  • expert information,
  • assessments,
  • interventions for babies, children and families.  

In addition to the universal provision to all clients, the service also supports first-time parents and families with children who have complex needs. Health visitors use a strengths-based model in order to empower parents to make decisions that affect their family’s health and well-being.

We are a community-based service which works alongside other professional services in order to provide the best possible start in life for each child.  These professional services include:

  • General practitioners,
  • Child development services,
  • Acute hospitals and maternity services,
  • Children’s centres, early years and voluntary organisations.

Health visitors are the professional lead for the prevention and early intervention public health programme called the Healthy Child Programme for the age group of 0 – 5 years.

The health visitor is a registered nurse or midwife with a postgraduate qualification in public health, focussing on subjects such as:

  • child development,
  • child health,
  • parenting strategies,
  • breastfeeding,
  • nutrition,
  • postnatal depression,
  • community support. 

The community nursery nurse is qualified in early years and works alongside the health visitor, supporting families with children up to 5 years of age.

We offer a minimum of five core contacts to all clients, both in the home and at community venues and this is all part of the universal healthy child programme.  These contacts incorporate information, advice, support and interventions for children and their families from the late antenatal period right through to when your child goes to school.