Health Visiting

A Health Visitors role is a varied one and is an integral part of the NHS Community Health Service. The main focus of our work is prevention, helping people to stay healthy and avoid illness.
The Health Visitor is a Qualified Registered Nurse, Midwife, Sick Children’s Nurse, Learning Disabilities Nurse or Psychiatric Nurse with Specialist qualifications in Community Health, which includes child health, child protection,health promotion and health education.
They Lead and deliver child and family health services (pregnancy through to the child commencing school)
The role involves promoting health in the whole community and we are particularly involved with families who have children under five years old (pre School).
Health Visitors are aligned to GP Practices we are also work with all pre school children and their family that are registered there.
They look at the broader picture to identify the health needs within their community and this enables us to respond to local community issues.
Health Visiting service embraces local and national challenges to redesign the service they provide for example the implementation of the Children’s and Young People Scotland Act (2014)
  • They also offer help and advice to parents on the following:
  • Their child’s growth & development
  • Common infections in childhood
  • Common skin problems
  • Behaviour difficulties. Sleeping, eating, potty training, temper tantrums and teething.
  • Breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating, hygiene, safety and exercise


  • Postnatal depression, bereavement and violence in the family
  • Working in partnership with families to tailor health plans to their needs
  • Coordinating child immunisation programmes
  • Organising and running baby clinics 
  • Health promotion groups, Breast feeding support groups, Parent support groups, parenting courses
  • Nurse prescribing
Having a child comes easily to some parents, where for others, the adjustments can be difficult. Health visitors work with all parents to assess the support they need and develop appropriate programmes to help give the child the best possible start in life.




Last Reviewed: 18/06/2015