Our time is now: answering the call.
Article Type: Brief article
Subject: Community health services (Services)
Community health services (Social aspects)
Author: Amadi, Obi
Pub Date: 04/01/2011
Publication: Name: Community Practitioner Publisher: Ten Alps Publishing Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 Ten Alps Publishing ISSN: 1462-2815
Issue: Date: April, 2011 Source Volume: 84 Source Issue: 4
Topic: Event Code: 360 Services information; 290 Public affairs
Product: SIC Code: 8399 Social services, not elsewhere classified
Geographic: Geographic Scope: United Kingdom Geographic Code: 4EUUK United Kingdom
Accession Number: 252848959
Full Text: The health visitor implementation plan a 'call to action'--has been with us since February, and Unite/CPHVA is working hard to make sure the most is made of the possibilities that it offers.

I had the opportunity to meet with the first group of return-to-practice health visitors on the last day of their City University course. I was singularly impressed with them, their passion for improving the lives and health of children, the recognition of the change in how health visitors need to practice, the reality of the difficulty in changing hearts and minds, and the awareness of the need to have an impact and show what can be done differently. There was so much positive energy in the room, it left me reassured that even if we fell short of the 4200 number of additional health visitors promised, simply having more of these 'can do' practitioners supporting others in the workforce, added to the new colleagues we have yet to meet, would allow us to make a real difference to people's lives.

Of course, this is not about health visiting alone. Without change, our school nurses will still be seeing children entering school with health issues that could and should have been addressed earlier. Also, this cannot be done without community nursery nurses, now an essential part of the team delivering the Healthy Child programme (HCP).

A new HCP e-learningprogramme has recently been launched (see page 12), with modules designed to improve competencies and refresh practice. We all want the tools to deliver the best services we can for our populations, and this can only help.

I realise that for many, promised changes are not yet within your sights as NHS organisations move at different paces. For others, there is much doubt as you have heard the 'what' but are yet to experience the 'how'. Well, the 'how' will become more evident over the next weeks, and we hope to engage you in the process.

Obi Amadi

Lead professional officer
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