We've reached the end of the week and I hope you have found plenty of interest in the material and information that we have posted, published and promoted. As with each week of action we have done, we have increased our audience, with over 5,850 tweets with our hashtag (doesn't include Twitterchats), over 1500 contributors on Twitter and a reach of over 2 million. This is up a third on our last week of action. Our blogs during the last five days have received over 7,400 views, up 60% on our previous week of action. I would like to express my thanks to all who have contributed: those who have written blogs and articles, those who have hosted webinars, those who have shared their experiences or examples of good practice, those who have hosted a visit, those who have joined a discussion or re-tweeted a message and particularly the parents, young people and voluntary organisations who have shared their insights. And, of course, a big thank you to all those working with families, children and young people who are making the difference and helping them to have the best start to life. Find out what parents are saying: Testimonies from Parents on the Transformed Health Visitor Services
I’m pleased to announce that today we have launchd a revised version of our Framework for Personalised Care and Population Health for nurses, midwives and Allied Health Professional. One of the new elements is a section on ‘Healthy Two Year Olds.’ It is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/framework-for-personalised-care-and-population-health
The Framework is a ‘live’ document and being developed all the time so we would very much value your input and suggestions for future development. Please send your thoughts to: PHPFramework@dh.gsi.gov.uk
In 2010 the Government made a bold and ambitious commitment to transform the health support provided to families across England through an increased health visitor workforce and a new model of support to families, complementing the excellent work being done by other healthcare practitioners working with children and young people. Four years on and we are seeing the impact of these changes, so it is fitting that we end the week with a message of support from the Prime Minister, David Cameron:
“Health visitors have play an invaluable role in helping families through some of the best and also some of the most challenging times of their life. That is why we are working hard to significantly increase the number of health visitors to the highest levels ever and strengthen their work in supporting the whole family, as well as mother and child.
“This week of action, which has engaged nurses and health visitors across the profession, shows just how passionate and committed they are. And it’s thanks to this commitment and sheer hard work that a huge amount of progress has already been made to transform services, ensuring every single child gets the best possible start in life.”