Every family with a baby or child aged 0 to 5 are offered the universal element of the Healthy Child Programme.
Health visitors will work with you and your family to decide on the level of support your family requires. This may call on other professionals in addition to the universal service provided by the health visitors.
We help families during those early years of a child’s life, giving a profound impact on the lifelong health and wellbeing of young children and their families.
When will I be seen?
Health visitors are there to help and support you and your family with any needs that are impacting upon your health and wellbeing.
The six contacts available to all families are:
- An antenatal contact to meet with you (and your partner) between 28 and 36 weeks of pregnancy
- A home visit to complete the new birth visit when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old
- A contact when your baby is between 6 and 8 weeks of age
- A 3 to 4 month maternal mental health review
- A contact before your baby is one (usually between 9 and 11 months)
- A contact when your child is 2 years (usually between 27 and 30 months)
Universal visits will normally take place in your own home.
Who might my child and I see?
You will be seen by:
All health visitors are qualified nurses and/or midwives and have taken additional specialist training in order to be able to provide the most appropriate support to families with pre-school children. Health visitors are also able to signpost families to other relevant services.
Community nursery nurses
Community nursery nurses also work alongside health visitors. Nursery nurses deliver introducing solid food groups and have one to one contacts with families when supporting with specific difficulties such as behaviour or sleep.
How do I access the service?
We see all families with children up to the age of 5 years. Families do not have to be referred into the service as we are informed about all families with young children who are born or move into the area – so we will get in touch with you.
Our service can be contacted by phone in normal working hours and we run regular drop in child health clinics. See the list on the right for contact details for all our locality teams.
Family Nurse Partnership
Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is a preventative programme offered to first time mothers, aged 19 and under, who are resident in Wiltshire.
For more information on the Family Nurse Partnership, please click here.