Health Visitors from Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust are celebrating the incredible work that they do working with children and families during Health Visitors Week on 21-25 August.
Health Visitors have, for decades, played an important role in supporting and advising parents to ensure new generations of healthy babies and families. Parenthood is challenging and exciting, a task that is often made easier by the expertise and commitment of Health Visitors.
Cheryl Forrest, Service Manager at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust who manages Health Visitors, said:
“Every child is entitled to the best possible start in life and Health Visitors play an essential role in achieving this. By working with and supporting families during the crucial early years of a child’s life, Health Visitors have a major impact on the lifelong health and wellbeing of young children and their families. Being a Health Visitor is an extremely rewarding role and we are extremely proud of our Health Visitors. They deliver an exceptional service to one generation after another of parents and children. To celebrate the great work that they do, we’re marking Health Visitors Week to honour these unsung heroes.
“Health Visitors play a crucial role in supporting families at such an important time and make a difference building stronger communities every day. They have the range of skills and knowledge to take action at the individual and community levels to help every child get the best start. The key to this is developing good partnership working, particularly with GPs, midwives, school nurses, early years’ workers and other colleagues.”
Michelle Sears-Hardy, who has been a Health Visitor with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust for 9 years, said:
“It’s all about making relationships with people to encourage positive life choices. There’s a lot of satisfaction and pride in seeing children progress from when they were babies till they are 4. It makes you feel proud that you’ve been involved in helping that family.
“I was a Nursery Nurse for eight years before becoming a Health Visitor. When I became a nursery nurse, I realised there was a lot of health problems in children that weren’t being identified. This really made me think. I wanted to make a difference and help children be the best they could possibly be so trained to be a Health Visitor. We’re nurses in the community who meet the needs of the community within the community.”