Department of Health launches Health Visitor Implementation Plan

The Department for Health (DH) has launched the Health Visitor Implementation Plan.

The plan aims to introduce 4,200 new health visitors to the profession by 2015 and stresses the strong link between children’s centres and health visitors in health improvement initiatives such as child accident prevention.

For those staff working in other areas such as maternity services, primary care and early years services, the increased numbers of health visitors are good opportunities to review and strengthen partnership working arrangements.

The new health visitor sites will be rolled out in a staged process with ‘pathfinder’ and ‘component exemplar sites’, which demonstrate examples of best practice, starting by the end of 2011/12. The rest of the sites will be rolled out by 2015.

Updated March 2012