Public Health Nursing


Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust: Health visiting direct referral to Citizens Advice

Staff recognised their ability to respond to some families’ health needs was impeded when there were broader issues at play. They saw that they didn’t have the necessary skills to address these – but staff at Citizens Advice (CA) did. As such, two health visitors developed a pathway with CA, whereby one branch acted as a lead and liaised with all other local branches. Clients presented with a broad range of issues but health benefi ts seen as a result of accessing CA tended to relate to mental health. Feedback suggested clients would not have accessed CA had they not been referred, but all service users reported having had a positive experience and said they would recommend the service.


Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust: Raising the voice of the child with health conditions

An animation was created using Images drawn by three primary school children with type 1 diabetes to enhance their peers’ knowledge of diabetes. Children found it educational and fun; teachers said it was fantastic and asked for it to be added to school nurse training packages.

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust: Health for young carers

Young carers in secondary schools were given the chance to personalise a health and wellbeing booklet to help them speak up about being a young carer and get appropriate support. Feedback showed their wellbeing improved.

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust: Specialist health visitor for vulnerable families in temporary accommodation

This role was created to address unmet health needs of asylum seeker families in temporary accommodation. Working with health/care services and the hotels in which families were housed resulted in improved advocacy and families feeling better able to trust local services.

ICON: The ICON Cope programme

Infants aged <1 year are at greatest risk of homicide, often due to shaking linked to prolonged crying and parental stress. Through simple messaging, this programme helps parents/caregivers to cope and prevents devastating e ects. National roll-out has been recommended.

Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust: Digital health and wellbeing contacts

An online confidential questionnaire was created to provide health information to young people and identify those needing further intervention. Red-flag questions/words enabled school nursing teams to triage responses. More than 8.000 forms were completed, nearly half of which revealed at least one red flag.

The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Operation Encompass: police cause for concern triage pilot

Three nurses sat with police, a children social care team manager and early help manager to discuss how to meet the health needs of, and offer a support pathway to, children and families involved in domestic abuse incidents. All identified families who wanted support received it.

Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust: 0-19 Research Network (Yorkshire and Humber)

A programme was set up to support and increase the participation of children and families in public health research, and build professionals’ research capacity. New research champion roles and a First Steps programme, along with events to raise awareness, led to eight project applications being made and funded.

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust: Rainbow baby health visiting pilot: supporting parenting following loss

It was identified that families that had experienced stillbirth or neonatal loss needed additional targeted support after the birth of a subsequent child. Trauma-informed, personalised care was offered and an audit showed that the service was a huge benefit to families.

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust: Tobacco dependency treatment in HMP Prison Hydebank Wood

Many people in prison wanted to stop smoking but had no access to relevant services that could help them. A weekly clinic that was established to help them end their tobacco dependency proved successful – it led to a quit rate of 60%.

Spectrum Community Health CIC: Inclusive health service

This nurse-led outreach project set out to engage with homeless people in safe places (such as hostels) and guide them to health and housing support, thereby reducing pressure on emergency departments. Referrals and annual recall appointments have been supported.

Turning Point: Rochdale and Oldham Active Recovery (ROAR) nursing team

Helping to address health inequalities for people with a history of substance misuse, the team increased access to health screening, delivered hepatitis B vaccinations, outreach hepatitis C testing and treatment, and introduced novel opiate substitute therapies.