27 June 2012
Canterbury Christ Church University has been chosen as a key leader to deliver Kent and Medway's response to the Government's Health Visitor Implementation Programme.
The Coalition Government last year made a commitment to increase the number of health visitors nationally by 4,200 within three years. This will be achieved through the Health Visitor Implementation Programme, supported by the Department of Health.
The key aim of the programme is to improve services and health outcomes in the early years for children, families and local communities, by expanding and strengthening health visiting services.
The University’s Health Visiting team, in the Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, has been identified by Kent and Medway Action on Health Visiting Steering Group as a key leader for the region’s Health Visiting Implementation Programme 2011-2015.
Carrie Jackson, Head of Department for Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: “We are delighted to be able to support our innovative team in realising the ambitious vision for health visiting services in the future. By committing to the new Health Visitor Implementation Programme, the Government has recognised the valuable work that health visitors offer families and communities.
“It is also heartening to see that yet again the University has been chosen to lead on such a project because of our expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and an ability to adapt to the rapidly changing health and social care landscape.“
The team will work closely with the Associate Director for Health Visiting and Assisted Technology for NHS Kent and Medway. It will deliver an innovative range of academic and practice development initiatives through partnerships with Children’s Centres, GPs and other key early years services, strengthening the services and skills on offer within local communities.
This year the work programme has been shaped around three main themes: growing the workforce through new and innovative approaches to training and promoting return to practice and retention; professional mobilisation to engage and re-energise the Health Visiting profession and promoting learning and good practice, including in building community capacity; and aligning delivery systems, ensuring strong robust commissioning practice and measurement and incentives to drive progress.
For more information on Nursing degrees and Continuing Professional Development programmes at Canterbury Christ Church University visit: www.canterbury.ac.uk/health/nursing-applied-clinical-studies
Notes to Editor
Canterbury Christ Church University
Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.
With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.
- We are the South East’s largest provider of courses for public service careers (outside of London).
- 94% of our nursing students are employed in nursing roles six months after finishing their course.
- Christ Church is the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2010 UCAS).
- 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.