are then left to look for a simpler option to meet CQUIN targets, to build the capacity of their professional colleagues rather than that of the families within their caseload community.
Vicky Gilroy, a lecturer at Northumbria University, is one of 150 outstanding health visitors
to receive a fellowship of the Institute of Health Visiting.
from Locala will be on the lines to support and advise families on a variety of issues including crying, feeding, teething and can even arrange for their own health visitors
to contact them the next day.
Newly qualified health visitors
found this aspect of the role more difficult to undertake, especially if their decisions ran at a tangent to other agencies.
She said: "There are very few health visitors
who are Queen's Nurses.
She called for health visitors
to discuss the use of walkers earlier with parents and to be given greater information on walker related injuries.
Mrs Charlton said new techniques were being developed in Birmingham to tackle the shortage of health visitors
Robyn, 45, was chosen from a shortlist of six health visitors
, from all over the UK and collected her award from TV star and ex-Olympic swimmer Sharron Davies in London yesterday.
We need to be very careful that a raft of new, but less qualified, health and childcare staff are not created to do a job which health visitors
have the education and the experience to do properly, if only their service was adequately invested in.
There are nearly 22,000 children aged under five in Coventry but only 29 health visitors
, making it one of the five worst-staffed areas in the country.
Maggie Fisher, 54, from Whitchurch, Hants, said: "I know of health visitors
still working in the NHS who have caseloads of more than 800 children.
We do not have enough health visitors
to meet the needs of all of our families with young children.