Training and development needs of health visitors: 27-30 month child health review.

Jeanie Rankin, MacInnes, Sandra

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Objectives: The 27-30 month child health review was introduced in Scotland in 2013 to promote strong early child development. This exploratory study focuses on the training needs of health visitors to effectively deliver this new assessment.

Methods: A survey questionnaire was sent to all health visitors in NHS Lanarkshire (baseline quantifiable data, n=109 of 180). Focus groups (n=27) further explored related issues in detail.

Results: Priority areas for training and development included: tools for assessing child development; normal development of the child (in particular vision and hearing); assessing children with long-term conditions; using strength/asset-based approaches; documentation; shared terminology; professional roles; and request-for-assistance pathways.

Conclusions: NHS Boards should incorporate these training and development needs for all health visitors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)442-448
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Health Visiting
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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