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:
The Allen review into early intervention has made a strong case for early intervention to continue to play a crucial part in children’s development.
Among his recommendations to retain 19 of the current early intervention programmes is that the proposed health and well-being boards create integrated early intervention approaches which share best practice.
The interim, second report of the Munro review - a major review looking into child protection - has been published.
The report, entitled The Child’s Journey, aims to improve child protection and the review has worked with five authorities to improve the system.
Recommendations in the report include strengthening the role of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards and that the role of Director of Children’s Services continues to be the key place for accountability for child protection.
The final report and recommendations are due in April 2011.