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QUESTION: I am keen to know how other Health Visitors for Homeless Families have used the allocation of a Nursery Nurse to their team. How have you used their existing skills and was there any additional training that you felt that they benefitted from.
ANSWER: In response to the question about nursery nurses – I have a nursery nurse working half time for the homeless families service and half time for the asylum seeking families service – she has not had any different training than any of the other nursery nurses but the way she applies it is different – e.g. she provides intensive behaviour management support to families and on occasions has spent a whole day with a family – doing her super nanny bit – the reasoning behind this being that we have only a short time to work with the families before they move on and back into a mainstream caseload – she also provides a tooth care visit spending time with families demonstrating how to clean a Childs teeth, testing the drinks offered by parents to their children to assess their tooth rotting capacity and providing direct support to register with a local dentist – the rationale behind this being that there is higher rate of tooth decay prevalent in children who have experienced homelessness. None of this is outside of any nursery nurse role but it is much more intensive. When I asked her opinion of her training and its relevance she explained that she got to put some of her training more into practice than other nursery nurse would and therefore developed her skills further e.g. Solihull training.
QUESTION: I am interested in hearing from Health Visitors who have formulated pathways of care for clients who are in temporary accommodation.
Try the following:
Health Visitor Implementation Plan – Universal Plus: www.dh.gov.uk/en/Publicationsandstatistics/Publications/PublicationsPolicyAndGuidance/DH_124202 and this press release also from DoH http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/MediaCentre/Pressreleases/DH_125655
Common Assessment Framework from the Dept of Education: http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/strategy/integratedworking/caf
Enfield Temporary Accommodation Play Project (ETAAP) www.qni.org.uk/for_nurses/opening_doors/focus_on/etaap