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Friday 23 February 2018
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Health visitors: information for families

Mother and baby
Mother and baby at clinic
What do Derbyshire Healthcare's health visitors do?

Our health visitors are qualified nurses and midwives, who have completed specialist training in public health for children, young people and families. They work as part of a team which may also include community nursery nurses, child health nurses, health visitor assistants and admin support workers.

Our health visitors also work closely with lots of partners including the council's children and young people’s services, youth services, childcare providers, Connexions, paediatricians, GPs, and other health professionals.

How can you support me and my child?

Our health visitors are responsible for delivering the Healthy Child Programme. They also:

  • Host a number of children's health clinics in Derby each month. 

  • Provide confidential advice to families with babies and young children up to five years old - supporting parents to feel confident in their parenting skills, and to provide the best opportunities for their baby.

  • Work closely with children’s centres to promote family activities which help build a strong bond with your child.

  • See families in their own homes, local health centres, clinics, and children’s centres.

Our health visitors can advise you on...

  • Child development - vision and hearing, speech and development, growth, toilet training, meeting milestones, emotional health and wellbeing, school readiness, additional needs and more. See our advice on toilet training on this website.

  • Infant feeding - breastfeeding support, healthy diet, weaning, feeding problems and more. Read our guide to breastfeeding and see how we're supporting mums with breastfeeding through our peer support volunteers.
  • Health promotion - dental care, physical activity, immunisations, home safety, accident prevention and more.
  • Support for parents - post-natal depression, relationship support, sexual health, stopping smoking, substance misuse, domestic abuse and more. Read our leaflet on domestic abuse, which includes advice for victims of domestic abuse and explains how it affects children. 
  • Community support - building links with children’s centres, parent and toddler groups, midwives, GPs, peer support workers, family workers, social care and more. 

When can I expect to see my health visitor?

As a minimum, our health visitors offer:

  • A birth visit (at 10 to 14 days)

  • 6 to 8-week health review

  • 6 to 12-month health review

  • 2 or 2.5 year health review.

Learn more about the two-year health review.

How can I contact my health visitor?

Come and meet your health visitor at one of the child health clinics, which are held Monday to Friday across the city. You do not need to make an appointment and can attend any of these clinics.

**Some child health clinics will be closed over the Christmas/New Year period - for example, Chellaston Children’s Centre child health clinic will be closed on 28 December 2017 and 4 January 2018, reopening on 11 January 2018. Please call ahead to your health team to find out so you do not have a wasted journey.**

If a private consultation is required, please discuss this with your health visitor.
To find your local team call 0300 123 4586