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RCN to consult on health visiting and public health

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is calling on nurses to help shape the future of public health by taking part in a new consultation.

It asks for the views of nurses on the future role and functions of the health visiting service, wider public health nursing roles and how the nursing family can best contribute to the growing public health agenda
RCN Chief Executive and General Secretary, Dr Peter Carter said:
"Health visitors and their teams are the bedrock of an efficient public health service for children and families in the UK. If we are to see their numbers increase by 4,200 over the next three years, it is crucial that their roles and the services they deliver are fit for purpose.

"As a member led organisation, consultation with those nursing staff on the ground shapes and informs all that we do. I would urge nurses from across all four countries of the UK to respond to the consultation, ensuring that future work we do continues to be informed by real experiences and practices."
The document can be accessed at along with instructions about how to respond. The closing date for submissions is 4 November.

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"Health visiting needs to divorce itself from being governed by
managerialist agendas and managers obsession with targets, it is about developing therapeutic relationships with individuals, families and communities. It is being sensitive to evolving health and social needs at an individual and local level. It is not forming a secondary and inferior social service and ticking the boxes so that aspirant health service managers can gain promotion and second homes in the Algarve" - Penny Ballinger, Gloucestershire