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The Life and Times of a Health Visitor 
(September 2023)

Everyone experiences struggles and challenges at some point in life. In the UK, if you have children under 5 years of age, you have the opportunity of support from a highly trained health professional called a health visitor. This often misunderstood role involves helping families to improve their health and navigate the hurdles of life. 


The emotional mountain of daily struggles can be overwhelming for young families. The health visiting service offers a metaphorical hand to hold alongside practical help and advice to enable parents to climb life’s emotional mountains.

To regard health as something that can be created, maintained and improved is the mission of the health visiting service. Viewing prevention of ill-health has always been seen as imperative, by the service, as it cares for families and communities. Encouraging families to share this vision and accept support for their needs is the aim of this wonderful health promoting role. Through case study this book offers insight into how the health visitor manages to create health and prevent ill-health with some surprising results.

Managing the stepping stones to good health and avoiding the pitfalls of poor mental and psychological health often means accepting the helping hand offered by the health visitor. This book lifts the veil on the largely hidden work of this unsung, health professional. In this book you will find that the role of the health visitor is so much more complex than their famed job of ‘just weighing babies’.

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by Lindsay Cullen

This book is a compendium of case studies that demonstrate the depth and breadth of Health Visiting practice. It demonstrates the complexity of the Health visitor's role. It is written with professionalism but also interjected with humorous anecdotes making it a compelling read. The history of the service is outlined by reference to the author's journey towards her career. The studies demonstrate compassion, commitment, and a belief in the Health Visitors' role in coming alongside the clients but also working professionally within the multidisciplinary team. It is a frank account of community practice, the lives of individuals and families, and the challenges and difficulties they face. This is not an academic text, however, the Case Studies identified could be easily utilized as exemplars for Students of Nursing, Midwifery, and Health Visiting in Enquiry-Based Learning. Footnotes and annotations identify reference sources. Health workers in the community setting could also draw on the material to support their decision-making in practice.


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