Supporting health visitor workforce growth
Increasing the number of health visitors provides a significant challenge. Since 2004, the health visitor
workforce has declined for a variety of reasons, including:
- poor retention
- lack of attraction to the workforce
- high levels of retirements
- lack of training opportunities.
In 2010 the government committed to increase the number of health visitors by 4200 full time equivalents
(fte) by 31 March 2015. this represents a 52 per cent increase overall on the 8125 fte health visitors currently employed in the nhS and by other providers across england in September 2010. the growth is required to meet the government’s vision for health visiting, which aims to provide a universal service that all families can expect to access.
The brochure looks at:
- What information has the CfWI produced?
- What progress has been made?
- What challenges are yet to be faced?
- How can you get involved?