Research: psychological support for rapid response staff

Fiona Finlay, Anna Baverstock and Jackie MacCallam considered the need for coping strategies by rapid response teams following the death of a child.

Research: the role of the HV in accident prevention

Ruth Rushton, Mike Bellis and Deborah Haydock carried out a study to highlight health visitors’ training, knowledge, attitudes and practice in preventing accidents. 

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Strengthening child-parent relationships


Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB):

Evaluating a Solihull Approach face-to-face 10-week group for parents.

Health visitor feedback on a structured, behavioural training for working with families of children with behaviour problems

Margiad Williams and Judy Hutchings questioned HVs who delivered a skills programme for parents to effectively address behavioural problems. 

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Nutrition 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...

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Nutrition 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.

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.

Exploring the impact of motivational interviewing training for qualified health visitors

Jo Hirdle and Tina Vaughan explore the effectiveness of a motivational interviewing course for health visitors to use in their practice.

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. 

Supported or stigmatised? The impact of sickle cell disease on families

Brigid Keane and Lindy Defoe explore the support available for families who have a child with sickle cell disease.

Raising the visibility of school nursing services

Laura Sanders, Charlie Pratten, Laura Pretty, Shiela Roberts and Jenny Robinson examine the voices of young people in secondary educational provisions, in a bid to raise the visibility of school nursing services.

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.

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.

Positive parenting

Parenting programmes can be an effective means of influencing, but some communities are more difficult to reach. Neelam Awan and Ruth Butterworth explain their findings.

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