What is the Health Visiting Service?
Our Health Visiting Service is provided by specialist community public health nurses who lead and coordinate the universal Healthy Child programme, which offers expert health assessments, advice, support and interventions to children and families as required in their first years of life.
They sit at the heart of children’s services and work in close partnership with parents and carers from the antenatal period until school entry.
The team encourages and supports parents and carers to develop life-long skills to enable them to make informed choices that affect their future health and wellbeing.
Our contact details
To see Health Visiting teams and their contact details in your area, click on the links below:
What we do
Health Visitors are highly skilled in the assessment and coordination of support tailored to individuals and family needs.
Targeted support is also offered for families in special circumstances, e.g. homelessness, domestic violence, travelling families, families who have lost a child through sudden infant death syndrome (cot death), and children with additional needs.
Working closely with a range of partners, the team supports families to seamlessly engage with other health, social and voluntary care services e.g. onward referral to Speech and Language teams.
The team is community based and is accessible across a range of different venues, including the family home, health centres, children’s centres or GP surgeries.
A key focus for the team is to build community capacity by working collaboratively with health, social and voluntary care partners to deliver local public health campaigns and events.
Our local offer for children
Read about our local offer for children, including information on how you can access our Health Visiting Service.
Early years services
The team works with all early years services across Bridgewater’s areas to:
- Promote secure attachment and bonding, positive maternal mental health and parenting skills using evidenced based assessments and effective interventions.
- Lead and coordinate the Healthy Child programme requirements and delivering a comprehensive universal preventative health service for children and young people aged 0-5 years e.g:
– Promoting breastfeeding and safe sleep
– Prevention of childhood obesity
– Improving school readiness
– Accident prevention education
– Advice and support on immunisations
- Early identification of developmental and complex health needs referring on for investigation, diagnosis, treatment and support.
- Work in partnership with other key stakeholders to safeguard and protect infants and young children at risk of harm.
The service accepts referrals by telephone, email or face to face from:
- Midwifery services
- GPs and other professionals
- Self-referral from parents/carers
- Other statutory and voluntary agencies.
- 92.4% of families received new birth visit by a health visitor within 14 days following birth of their baby.
- 86.7% of children receive 1 year child health review by the time they reach their first birthday
- 84% children currently receive 2 – 2 ½ year child health review by the time they reach 2 years 6 months of age
The service works with all families to improve access to essential developmental reviews for all children.
Our Health Visiting Service positively encourages feedback from families and uses a range of methods to capture and improve their experience for example:
A recent survey in Halton and St. Helens showed that:
- 99% of parents/carers were satisfied with the way in which they were greeted and spoken to by staff
- 99% of parents/carers were satisfied with the privacy, dignity and respect received from staff
- 98% of parents/carers were satisfied with the overall experience of care received.
Healthy start vitamins
Warrington Healthy Start vitamins tokens can be redeemed at the following venues:
- Bath Street Health and Wellbeing Centre, WA1 1UG
- Birchwood Clinic, Spencer House, 81A Dewhurst Road, WA3 7PG
- The Child Development Centre, Sandy Lane, WA2 9HY
- Penketh Clinic, Honiton Way, WA5 2EY
- Grappenhall Clinic, Springfield Avenue, WA4 2NW
Television Presenter Helen Skelton and Warrington Wolves Player Ashton Sims are supporting a new local ‘I love my health visitor…’ campaign.
The campaign has been launched by Bridgewater to celebrate the commitment and kindness of Warrington Health Visitors.
Members of the public are being encouraged to take a photo or selfie with a poster stating why they love their health visitor and post it on facebook and twitter with the hashtag #Ilovemyhv.
Download the poster template and tweet and post your support: