If you are a patient, carer or member of the public who lives in Northamptonshire and are interested in supporting the work of NHS Nene CCG – why not become a member?
This would enable us to work together to develop new and improved health services for local people. Please complete our simple on-line application form here.
By 2015, 4,200 more health visitors will be working in England.
This means health visitors can work better with families and help to give all children the best possible start in life.
Your health visiting team provides the following services for families
Your community - your local services
Health visitors know about local services in your area and will help you to get in touch with those that will help you to build a healthy life your family.
Universal - contact at key stages, for all families
If you have children under five years old, your health visitor or another health professional will see you several times to talk about how you and your child are getting on.
This may include
when you are over 25 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 6 to 12 months old
when your child is 2 to 2 and half years old
They can also help you to learn the skills you need so you can be the best parent you can.
Universal plus - support when you need it
Health visitors can provide more help for families when you need it; for example if your child is suffering from colic, illness or sleeping problems of if you experience mental health problems.
Universal patnership plus - ongoing support for families
Health visitors work with other agencies and organisations when your family might need ongoing support, for example if you are looking a after a disabled child or if you are experiencing family difficulties.
Health visitors work with families to help children be the best they can be as well as protect them from harm. The health visiting team includes people from different skills and know-how including nursery nurses, community nurses, GPs and practice nurses who all work together to benefit children and their families. The teams work closley with Sure Start children's centres.
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.
For more information on the the work of a health visitor click here.