Health visiting

Health visitors are qualified nurses with additional training in family and community health. Health visitors work in community based teams with a range of services.

Services provided by health visitors

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  • Antenatal Services
  • New births
  • 6-8 week development review
  • 3-4 month development review
  • 1 year development review
  • 2-2½ year development review
  • Help when new to the area

There are four parts to the health visiting service:

Community (your neighbourhood)

Health visitors work with a variety of community organisations running groups for parents and carers in your area to support you and your family. Please ask your health visitor or family hub about groups in your area.

Universal Services (offered to every family)

Health visitors and their teams lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme from pregnancy to starting school. 

This promotes support to both parents through a series of scheduled child health reviews incorporating assessment of children’s health, development and wider well-being to ensure all children are reaching their full potential.

Universal Plus (further support for families)

Health visitors and their teams are able to provide a rapid response when additional support is required. This service assesses each child and family and refers them on to other appropriate services when specific expert help is needed, for example post natal depression, speech and language therapy, child development, advice around parenting, weaning, or coping with a sleepless baby.

Universal Partnership Plus (for families who need additional support)

Health visitors and their teams work in partnership with parents and a range of local services over a period of time to provide intensive support with more complex health needs. This can include work with family hubs and other community services including the voluntary and community sectors to provide long term support in areas such as safeguarding and learning disabilities.

New Referrals

  • Age range: 0 years to 5 years
    Referral required: Yes
    Referral details: Midwives refer families ante-natally, all clients can also self refer or be referred by other services, including GP, family hub and social care via the Care Management Centre.  All families are contacted for core developmental reviews as per the Healthy Child Programme.
  • Age range: children aged over 2 years
    If your child has had the two year old check and you have had no more contact with your health visiting team and would like further advice/assistance from a health visitor, please make a referral through the Early Help Hub.

General Enquiries and Existing Referrals

To be put in contact with your Local Health Visitor Team or our Central Advice Line please contact the Children’s Services Care Management Centre at cpn-tr.ChildrensCMC@nhs.net, telephone 01872 322779 or write to: 

Children’s Services Care Management Centre
Truro Health Park
Infirmary Hill
Truro
 TR1 2JA

Child health ‘drop-in’ clinics are available throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Please contact your health visitor or the Care Management Centre for details.  Parents are welcome to access any health visitor clinic but please remember to bring your child’s health record (the ‘red book’) so we can update it for you.