Child and Maternal Health

Taking Care of our Future – Celebrating health visiting in Scotland

October 12, 2017 by No Comments | Category Events, GIRFEC, health visiting, Vulnerable families

August this year saw the first national conference for health visitors in Scotland. 300 people working in health visiting gathered in Glasgow to hear from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport; CNO, Fiona McQueen and academics Sarah Cowley and Harry Burns. All of the speakers thanked health visitors for their work and noted the important role they play in reaching out and supporting young families – recognising the power that health visitors have to change lives and influence the future direction of families

The last 5 years have seen significant change in the health visiting sector with the roll-out of the Health Visiting Pathway. The conference aim was to support health visitors and to discuss the challenges and opportunities delivering the Pathway brings.

Everyone who attended the conference had a chance to discuss the issues and to participate in workshops on various subjects; such as implementing the Pathway; infant nutrition and speech, language and communication. Some participants kindly gave their views on what being a health visitor in Scotland means to them – see what they had to say in the video below:

One of the star attractions at the event was the new Baby Box. Health visitors welcomed being able to see for themselves what families will receive in the Box during the lunchtime Marketplace. The other star attraction and person in the most selfies was Professor Dame Sarah Cowley and we were delighted that she was able to join us for the event.

Thanks to Varhi Gemmell for the use of her picture.

Thank to everyone who came to the event for taking the time out of your busy jobs to join us. Thanks also to the speakers, workshop leaders and event deliver partners – QNIS, NES Scotland and iHV – for their support in delivering the event. Presentations and papers from the day will all be available on the QNIS website. We look forward to engaging with you all digitally or at future events.


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