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.
Rob Benington – Injury Prevention Manager, NHS Bristol
Rob is the Injury Prevention Manager for NHS Bristol, and he is also the co-ordinator for Avonsafe – a safety partnership which has been running for 15 years.
Avonsafe is a partnership that encourages organisations to work together to help reduce accidental injury. It covers the old Avon area, with local groups co-ordinated by local injury prevention specialists.
Rob’s role, funded by the primary care trusts, is to:
Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) has commissioned Dr Nicola Christie, Director of Postgraduate Taught Programmes, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at Surrey University, to run a series of free master classes as part of CAPT's Making the Link project. The master classes will cover:
Poor housing is often overlooked as a factor contributing to childhood accidents. The release of the CLG English Housing Survey in November is a good opportunity to reflect on the link between the two.
Statistics released by Communities and Local Government (CLG) at the end of August show that over 10% of social housing does not meet decent standards.
Although down on last year’s figure of 14.5%, the numbers show that one in ten families in social housing have homes that do not meet the standards. For local authority owned properties, the figure is 16.2%.
The ‘decent home’ standards state that a ‘decent home’ must be warm, weatherproof and reasonably modern.
Independent consumer guide Which? has published a guide for parents on the pros and cons of socket covers.
Which? independently tests a range of safety and nursery products, including car seats, stair gates, and pushchairs. Their advice on socket covers is broadly the same as CAPT’s – socket covers are unnecessary. Below we give you a run-down of their main points.