In their own words: Health Visitors

29 Aug 2017 Max Hickling
Janis Scudamore, Health visitor, Lawrence Hill

“Working with families in the inner city is varied and challenging. I try to empower parents to provide the best possible start in life for their children. It’s a great feeling to work together with parents and see a real improvement in their child’s health and wellbeing.
With some families I have built a long-term, close relationship and I feel privileged to see children and families in their own home. Often parents are more relaxed at home and feel able to talk more openly about any worries.

In health visiting, no day is as same as the next. My home visits may include carrying out a health review of a new baby, providing support to a mum who is suffering from postnatal depression or visiting a vulnerable family where there are child protection concerns.

We also hold a drop-in clinic once a week where parents can receive health information, advice and support.”


Lucy Collingwood and Terrie Doul, Community nursery nurses at William Budd Health Centre, Knowle West


“The most rewarding part of our role is seeing the positive outcomes for families. We offer time for families – to give them the opportunity to reflect and feel listened to, and to empower them to make the changes they need to.

We do this through weaning groups, ‘baby and me’ groups, and infant massage classes. We carry out developmental reviews and home visits to support families, and we also take part in child health clinics.

We love being community nursery nurses because we can see the difference we make and enjoy building relationships with families. We’ve worked together for nine years and feel very passionate and enthusiastic about our role.”


Our health visiting service

Bristol Community Health health visiting teams are made up of health visitors and nursery nurses who work in the community with children and families from the antenatal period until they go to school. Health visiting teams are responsible for delivering the National Healthy Child Programme which aims to identify any family health problems early with an emphasis on parenting support. They also work alongside other organisations to safeguard and protect children, and support families in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

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