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Our vision: To improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland by providing high quality, integrated physical and mental health care pathways.
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What is a Health Visitor?

A health visitor is a qualified nurse or midwife who has undertaken additional training to become a specialist community public health nurse.

Within the health visiting team there are also community nursery nurses, family support workers and admin support who may have contact with your family.

We also work closely with care navigators who support families when their care is complicated and peer supporters who help mothers who wish to breast feed.

What do Health Visitors do?

We give confidential advice, care and support to families with babies and young children up to five years old.

The health visiting team is there for all families with pre-school age children. We offer health assessments, advice and support on child, parenting and adult matters and act as a central point of contact for services available for your child and family.

We monitor and promote the physical and emotional health of mothers, babies and the general health of their families. This includes giving advice and support on:

• General health
• Nutrition
• Behavioural difficulties
• Child development, including specialist developmental needs
• Postnatal depression and emotional wellbeing
• Domestic violence
• Social issues e.g. housing and finance
• Child protection

We are trained to promote and manage the process of infant feeding including specialist support and advice to mothers who are breastfeeding.

We have an important role in child protection/safeguarding to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children up to the age of five. To do this, we work jointly with families and other agencies and professionals, for example midwives, children’s centres, GPs, school nurses and social care etc.

When and how you can expect to receive help:

Your community - your local services

Health visitors know about local services in your area and help you to get in touch with those that will help you build a healthy life for your family.

 Universal - support for all families at key stages

  • When you are 28 to 36 weeks pregnant
  • When your baby is 10 to 14 days old
  • When your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old
  • When your baby is 3 to 4 months old
  • When your baby is 1 year old
  • When your child is 2¼ years old
Each of these appointments will usually take 30 – 60 minutes and may be at your home or in a clinic or children’s centre. 

If disabled access and/or interpreting services are required please let us know.

We also provide regular child health clinics for you to attend within your neighbourhood for advice and support.

When your child starts school their health records will be given to their school nurse, who will continue to offer support when and where it is needed. 

Universal Plus - extra support from your health visiting team when you need it

For example, support with behaviour problems like temper tantrums and sleeping difficulties or for mothers who need additional support.

Universal Partnership Plus - working together with other agencies to give support over a period of time

Find out more about your child's - 2 year health and development review

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