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Health visitor numbers rising

The Department of Health is on track to meet its commitment to increase the number of health visitors by an extra 4,200 by April 2015.

This is thanks to the concerted support of the health visiting profession – which this year celebrates its 150th anniversary – and the NHS, higher educational institutions and other partners.

Increasing health visitor numbers should allow local teams to improve public health outcomes and provide personalised care, giving health visitors more time to provide parents with critical health and development advice, and to connect families to the array of health and wider community resources that can help them give their children the best start in life.