The Health Visiting service provides early intervention support and advice for all families with children 0-5 years of age living in Islington.
The key purpose of the service is to help improve access to services, improve families’ experience, improve health outcomes and contribute to reducing inequalities.
Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives with additional specialist training in public health. They work collaboratively with individuals, families, communities and other agencies to identify and address local need. They improve population health through early intervention and changes to lifestyle behaviours, and link families to further services.
The Islington Health Visiting service works in teams comprised of Health Care Assistants; Family Health Advisors and Health Visitors, some of whom are specialists in clinical areas such as infant feeding and antenatal journey to parenthood. They are based in Health Centres and Children Centres across the whole Borough of Islington and work together with Early Years providers under the umbrella of Bright Start Islington, responsible for a geographical caseload derived from the local area.
Anyone may contact their Health Visiting Team or use any of the universal services such as the Child Health Clinics provided in any one of the locations across the Borough. However notification of a new family in the area is usually received from the GP, a hospital department such as midwifery service or A&E department or via a health visiting service from another Borough. The health visiting service is informed of all new babies born to those residents in the Borough of Islington.