The importance of communication in the practice teacher-student health visitor relationship

When a troubling incident with a student occurred, one teacher took a step back to reflect on her own practices – and made important realisations and changes as a result. Katie Kirk and Clare Hopkinson explain.

First Steps Postnatal Group: addressing the high-impact areas

Jayne Hollinshead and Keri Christie explore a postnatal group set up in Walsall to offer support to new parents in the emotional transition to and challenges of parenthood, and to help them form friendships and social bonds that will promote good health for all parties.

Evaluation of the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Peripatetic Assessment Model

Dr Toity Deave, Dr Claire Novak, Judy Brook, and Dr Debra Salmon discuss their evaluation of the new model from the perspective of SCPHN students, mentors, practice teachers and managers.

Childhood obesity: an overview of the existing barriers to the health practitioner’s role in providing effective intervention

Amalia Burca Bouch highlights the latest guidance, and health professional research, on reducing the risks of childhood obesity. She also explores existing barriers to effective intervention and implementation of the guidelines.

Difference and opportunity - health visiting interventions with abused women from collectivist and honour-based communities

Dr Catherine Smyth sets out the issues and challenges faced by health visitors when the caseload includes women from these hard-to-reach groups 

What factors influence mothers in the UK and Ireland to wean their infants before six months of age?

This narrative literature review by Cathryne Edmunds and Sue Green, outlines key factors associated with early weaning before six months of age. 

CPD 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.

CPD 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.

The Solihull approach: pros and cons

Research that explored the experiences of two professions using the Solihull approach revealed benefits and challenges. Eleni Vasilopoulou, Ayesha Afzal, Kirsty Murphy and Clea Thompson explain more.

Domestic abuse on your doorstep?

Domestic abuse can present a tough situation for health visitors. They need to know about it in a timely manner and decide how to respond. Michelle Moseley evaluates an initiative in Wales that sets out to offer support.

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