Brent health visiting model recognised for best practice

21 January 2020

Health visitors in Brent have been recognised by The Institute of Health Visiting (IHV) for their work in achieving positive outcomes for families at risk of poorer maternal and child development outcomes.

IHV have published Health visiting - Good practice case studies which include ten shortlisted good practice case studies to showcase the great work that health visitors are doing throughout the country and demonstrating the ‘art of the possible’.

Brent’s case study highlights its work in relation to the Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home Visiting (MECSH) model, a low-cost initiative that empowers mothers with the skills and knowledge needed to be a good parent.

To date, over 160 families have received the MECSH model of care. Of this, over 75% of families reported they are very satisfied with the programme and 80% feel much more able to care for their child and themselves.

Families have commented on the value of the continuity of the relationship with their health visitor, for example:

“It has been great having a consistent health visitor who knows and has observed my baby’s growth and development as well as my own improved health… I wish I had this support with my first child.”

Alison Morton, Director of Policy and Quality at the Institute of Health Visiting, commented:

“As we start the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife… it is timely to publish ‘good news stories’ about health visiting – to shine a light on the vital contribution that health visitors play in improving outcomes for children and their families.”

Cllr Krupesh Hirani, Lead Member for Public Health, Culture and Leisure at Brent Council, said:

“We are very proud to have been highlighted as a local authority who are leading the way in this area and look forward to continuing this work in order to support families in Brent.”

Brent Council commission the Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust (CLCH) to deliver the 0-19 public health contract (health visiting and school nursing) and this includes the MECSH model.

If interested in any further information, please email Marie.McLoughlin@brent.gov.uk.