Health visiting programme: pathway to support professional practice and deliver new service offer: health visiting and midwifery partnership: pregnancy and early weeks

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Great Britain. Department of Health
Department of Health
Date of publication
2 October 2015
Health Services, Families
Social welfare
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This pathway is guidance to support midwives and health visitors to build on existing joint work and to provide an outline for commissioners on maximising the roles of midwives and health visitors in pregnancy and the first days of life using best evidence on giving all children the best start. It builds on existing policy and guidance set out in the Healthy Child Programme (the national public health programme for children and families), NICE guidance, Professional Bodies standards and 6 High impact Areas for health visiting services for children aged 0-5 years.

It describes the rationale for the health visiting and midwifery partnership pathway and outlines the challenges and potential opportunities for development. The pathway builds on good joint working already in place, and aims to enhance and extend joint working practices and improve outcomes for children, mothers, fathers and families and the wider community.

As local authorities start to commission Healthy Child Programme services for children aged 0-5 and their families, the pathway will support commissioners in developing locally tailored services (working with commissioners of maternity services) and to commission the mandated antenatal, new birth and 6-8 weeks reviews and the health visitor High Impact Areas of transition to parenthood and the early weeks, maternal (perinatal) mental health and breastfeeding.