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Institute calls for more compulsory visits to help disadvantaged families.

The Institute of Health Visiting has published a report calling for the number of statutory health visitor visits to be increased from five to eight.

The report, Health Visiting in England: A vision for the future, argues that the health visiting service should be built more closely around the needs of infants, children and their families making the case for eight ‘universal contacts’ plus additional support where needed.

It calls for a ‘radical shift’ in service outcome measures which would see focus moving away from the current emphasis on process outcomes, to a more ‘streamlined approach measuring impact over time, driving quality improvement and supporting integrated working’.

It also calls for ‘sustainable funding’ arguing that sufficient resources need be made available to the programme which should be seen as being core activity rather than what it calls ‘an optional extra to be undertaken if resources allow’.

Read the full report here.