The document, Health visitor implementation plan 2011-15: A call to action, provides the detail to support the Government's commitment to develop the health visiting service, and to recruit an extra 4,200 health visitors by 2015.
The plan, which is now at its halfway point, set out the vision of the rejuvenated health visiting service, the call to action for the stakeholders involved, the pathway to 2015 and information about the work programmes that will support the implementation. Download the plan from the Department of Health (DH) website.
Following the changes in the NHS landscape from April 2013, when a new system for commissioning health and public health services was established, the DH has updated the health visitor implementation plan in a new publication: The National Health Visitor Plan: progress to date and implementation 2013 onwards.
The refreshed document describes progress made so far, and explains who the new bodies are in the health and care system, and what their roles in delivering the health visitor plan are.
Health visitors, practice teachers, mentors and other professionals will continue to deliver the plan, promoting the profession, and developing their professional practice.
Health Education England (HEE) and its 13 Local Education and Training Boards (LETBs) will ensure that sufficient training places are commissioned to support the delivery of workforce expansion. They will work closely with NHS England to align training commissions with service plans.
The DH will continue to oversee the plan, and will be reported to by NHS England which is now responsible for commissioning health visiting service and delivering workforce growth and service transformation. Area Teams will lead this work locally, working closely with Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and local authorities. Commissioning of health visiting services will move fully to local authorities from April 2015. Work is currently underway in preparation for this transition. We will keep you informed of developments.
The updated document also sets out plans for the final phases of the work, and, perhaps most importantly, sustainability of the good work done to date beyond 2015. NHS Employers contributed to this refreshed information, through our health visiting network.
Visit the DH website, to download The National Health Visitor Plan: progress to date and implementation 2013 onwards.
|NHS Employers developed an at a glance summary of the original implementation plan, which details the purpose, vision, roles, timelines, programmes of work and accountability throughout implementation. It is designed to be printed on A3 paper and can be downloaded here.|
Tell us what you think
We would like to hear employer views on the implementation plan.
- How is this affecting your service users?
- What is the impact on your organisation and health visiting teams?
- What are the key challenges and opportunities?
To share your views, email email@example.com