England: Birmingham health-visiting service is ‘in Meltdown’, says Unite

07 November 2018

Health visitors in Birmingham are handling average caseloads of 500 families – double the figure recommended by the CPHVA and the Institute of Health Visiting.

Morale is at breaking point, staff who leave are not replaced, and the service is ‘in meltdown’, a spokesperson for Unite said.

The union has 600 members at the trust. Unite’s regional officer, Su Lowe, said: ‘This deteriorating situation impacts negatively on the services they can provide to families and young children.’

A warning notice was served on Birmingham Community Healthcare in August by the Care Quality Commission, which carried out an inspection earlier this year and published its findings last month.

The trust said caseloads had begun to reduce and the number of antenatal contacts by health visitors had been increased.

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