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The role of the health visitor

Health Visitors are nurses or midwives who have a further specialist qualification in Public Health. They offer a universal service to all and targeted support in response to need. They are responsible for supporting families and their children, from pregnancy up to the age of five and beyond.

They work with individuals, families, groups and communities, and can liaise and gain support from additional services where required.

Health visitors provide antenatal and postnatal support, building relationships with families to make sure that children learn, thrive and reach their full potential. Health Visitors assess growth and development and encourage the development of healthy lifestyles and good nutrition.

Health visitor talking to a family

They support families in reducing risks and safeguarding and protecting children, this can mean liaising with other agencies to make sure appropriate support is in place.

Families from all walks of life will need support at different times, so the service will adapt and change to meet the needs of each individual child or family.

Watch this video to hear a health visitor talk about the role.

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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called Parentline. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 4.30pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health practitioner within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

  • Parents and carers of children aged 0-19:



Should you require urgent health advice in the meantime, please contact your GP, visit an NHS walk-in centre or call NHS 111. For emergencies, dial 999 or visit A&E.


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Page last reviewed: 09-11-2020

Next review due: 09-11-2023