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Refreshed Universal Health Visiting Pathway – Pre-birth to Pre-School

The Refreshed Universal Health Visiting Pathway was issued by the Scottish Government regarding the implementation a core home visiting programme to be offered to all families by health visitors as a minimum standard.  NHS Boards will introduce the core home visiting pathway to all pregnant women who book for a first trimester screening scan from October 2015.  This means these women are likely to have an antenatal home visit by a health visitor at 32 to 34 weeks of pregnancy in March 2016. 

The Pathway provides a consistent approach to the health visitor role and services across Scotland and includes a public health toolkit which aims to guide health visitors in the delivery of their public health role to children and their families.

Public Health Resources Toolkit (pages 36-41) aims to guide health visitors in the delivery of their public health role to children and their families.

The toolkit includes:

  • additional guidance on core public health areas including financial inclusion, preparing for parenthood and parenting support, gender based violence, maternal emotional health and wellbeing, active play and child safety.
  • assessment tools and the national information resources which can be given out to families during the home visits pre-birth to pre-school
  • details of NHS Health Scotland e-learning modules and evidence resources for practitioners

The toolkit details the national information resources which will be given out to families during the home visits pre-birth to pre-school.  It is important that you are aware of these national resources to support the pathway as it is the expectation that health visitors will order and use these in their relationship building and dissemination to families.