Perinatal mental health: creating new horizons

As public health services remain under threat, the case for a joined-up approach has never been stronger. Jenny Thompson describes a collaborative project in Somerset that’s improving perinatal mental health outcomes.

Module 3: Nutritional value of the weaning diet

A child’s early years are a time of rapid growth and development...



Module 2: Age-appropriate weaning foods

Weaning practices have changed frequently over the years whether due to trends or in response to new evidence – leaving families and sometimes health professionals unsure of the latest guidance.

Module 1: Vitamin D status of young children

The importance of vitamin D has come to the fore in recent years leading to frequent discussion...

The power of volunteers

A volunteer programme that gives support to vulnerable families demonstrated that a small investment in training and support can bring about enormous change. Pauline Lee, Sarah Cook and Catherine Mee explain more.


Learning from experience

Anne Chitty is retiring after 32 years as a health visitor and has plenty to reflect on. She describes the changes and challenges that have defined her career.

Your views: musical influence

Music has a powerful influence and, as one health visitor has discovered, can act as a calming and memory-prompting tool for dementia patients, and possibly help others too.

Pay: what's going on?

Sarah Carpenter, Unite head of health, explains how the Pay Review Body’s report is at odds with the government’s 1% NHS pay rise.



In Depth


Health visiting support: raising the bar

In response to heightened needs in Devon, a programme of intensive health visiting is delivering tailored early interventions to vulnerable families. Victoria Howard, Lee Beardsmore and Elaine O’Flaherty from the Virgin Care team describe the project.

Immunisation: does it need a booster?

Is immunisation slipping down the health visiting agenda? Helen Bedford, professor of child public health, explores the evidence.

Value-added care

Jo Ward and Janet Durrans describe a project to implement integrated clinical supervision at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which has resulted in better outcomes for staff and patients alike.