Health Visiting in Sandwell
Health Visitors are registered nurses/midwives who have additional training in community public health nursing. In Sandwell, Health Visitors work from bases in each area of Sandwell alongside Nursery Nurses who support the work. Each team are led by a Team Leader and there is administrative assistance from the Health Visiting Contact Centre. Sandwell Health Visiting Service is rated CQC Outstanding.
Health Visitors work with other professionals as part of the Primary Healthcare Team. These include GP’s, Midwives, Early Years Workers and Children’s Centres.
Services we offer
Health Visitors work with parents and carers who have new babies, offering support from the ante-natal period until your child starts school at five years. Health Visitors may see you at home or in clinics and invite you to join groups and networks run by either us or our colleagues such as Nursery Nurses or Children’s Centre staff. Every GP practice in Sandwell has a named Health Visitor.
We offer advice and information on a wide variety of health issues in order to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles for you and your family. We offer developmental reviews of your child for early detection of any problems. To address any concerns you may have and provide appropriate advice and support.
Each family can expect as a minimum five contacts.
- Antenatal contact
- Postnatal visit between 10-14 days of birth
- Six to eight weeks after delivery
- Nine to 12 months
- Two to two and a half year old
The health visiting service offers families a four-tier level of service. These are determined by the needs identified and level of support required for a child and/or family. These are Community, Universal, Universal Plus and Universal Partnership Plus levels of service.
Level 1: Community – services provided in the local community
This is a range of services that are accessible to all children and families. These are community groups, voluntary and faith groups which include sure start centres. Please ask your health visitor for details of what community services are local to you.
Alternatively, please visit this link to find out more details:
Level 2: Universal Services – Contact at key stages offered to all families
This is delivered in line with the Healthy Child Programme to ensure your child can have the very best start in life. This is a service offered to all children and is consists of five key contacts from antenatal to five years of age:
- Antenatal contact from 28 weeks gestation onwards – this is an opportunity for parents to discuss how they are feeling
- New Birth Visit between 10 and 14 days old – to assess both mother and baby, providing support and advice as required
- A six-eight week postnatal contact – to assess maternal mental health for mother prior to post natal check with GP
- A 9-12 month development review – parent led child development assessment with an opportunity to discuss general health, development, oral health, home safety and maternal mental health for parent.
- A 2-2.5 year development review – parent led child development assessment with an opportunity to discuss general health, development, oral health, and home safety.
Level 3: Universal Plus – Support when you need it
Offers an additional level of support when a need is identified for your child or for your family. This could include support with post natal depression, sleepless baby, fussy eating, behavioural support, additional medical needs, development delay, parenting support and others.
Level 4 : Universal Partnership Plus – On-going support for families/children
This is on-going additional support for children and families where there is a safeguarding concern and input from children’s social care along with other services. This includes children on a child protection plan and children who are looked after.
Please visit Sandwell Council’s website for more information.
Health Visitors can provide help with a wide range of issues related to the health and well-being of your children. In addition to this, we can provide support and advice for a range of public health issues such as:
- Stopping smoking
- Post-natal depression
- Domestic abuse
- Safeguarding advice
- Contraception and sexual health
For more information about disabled access for this service, please click here.
Sandwell Baby Clinics
Baby clinics are held throughout Sandwell. Please see the Sandwell baby clinic details below for times and venues. You will have the opportunity to see a Nursery Nurse or a Health Visitor and to discuss any issues you may have and see how your baby or toddler is developing. You may wish to discuss issues such as feeding or weaning, teething and behaviour amongst other things. You can have your baby weighed at clinic if you have concerns and these are currently drop-in sessions.
Sure Start Tipton, Ridgeway Road, Princes End, Tipton, DY4 0TB.
Monday: 09.30-11.30am (exc Bank Holidays)
Great Bridge Children’s Centre, Sheepwash Lane, Tipton, DY4 7JF.
Last Thursday of each month: 09.30-11.30am
Burnt Tree Children’s Centre, Tividale Street, Tipton, DY4 7SD.
1st Monday of each month (exc bank holidays): 1.30-3.00pm
Wednesbury North Children’s Centre, Old Park School, Old Park Road, Wednesbury, WS10 9LX.
Priory Family Centre, Dorsett Road, Friar Park, Wednesbury, WS10 0JG.
Sure Start Smethwick, Corbett Street, Smethwick, B66 3PX.
Flying Start Nursery, Clifton Street, Cradley Heath, B64 6QH.
1st & 3rd Wednesday: 1.30-3.30pm
Sure Start Rowley Children Centre, Dudley Road, Rowley Regis, B65 8JY.
2nd & 4th Monday of each month (exc Bank Holidays): 09.30-11.30am
Tanhouse NHS Centre, Hamstead Road, Great Barr, B43 5EL.
1st Monday of each month (exc Bank Holidays): 11.00am-1.00pm
Hillside Children’s Centre, Connor Road, West Bromwich, B71 3DJ.
Every 3rd Wednesday of the Month: 9.30-11.30am
The Lyng Centre, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW.
Greets Green Children Centre, Wattle Road, West Bromwich, B70 9EZ.
Oldbury Health Centre, Albert Street, Oldbury, B69 4DE.
Whiteheath Health Centre, Badsey Road, Oldbury, B69 1EJ.
2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month: 12.30-2.30pm
Bleakhouse Library, Bleakhouse Road, Oldbury, B68 9DS.
This is an initiative, alongside the Sandwell Safer Sleeping campaign, which aims to help reduce the number of sudden infant deaths.
Families who have their baby at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust will receive a Finnish style baby box for their newborn to sleep in, once they have completed Baby Box University online. For more information about this initiative, please click on this link.
Black Country Women’s Aid
Black Country Women’s Aid (formerly known as Sandwell Women’s Aid) is an independent charity which supports victims of domestic abuse, sexual violence, exploitation, modern slavery and women in the criminal justice system. If you need help, please call the 24 hours helpline on 0121 552 6448.
Breast Feeding Support Network (BfN)
This is where you can find information about breastfeeding support in Sandwell, what services they provide and contact details. They offer the following free support to Sandwell families:
- Antenatal classes
- Phone or text support
- Home visits
- Breastfeeding Support groups
If you need breastfeeding support, you can call or text the BfN Sandwell Team on 07505 77 5357. You can also call the national BfN Supporterline on 0300 100 0210 or visit their website at https://www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk/sandwell/
The Children’s Therapy and Nurse Service is an integrated service consisting of Community Children’s Nurses, Occupational Therapists, physiotherapists, and Speech and Language Therapists. Click here to learn more about the service.
Finding a Dentist in your local area : http://www.nhs.uk/service-search/dentists/LocationSearch/3
Find a GP in your local area by clicking on the following link: www.nhs.uk/service-search/gp/locationsearch/4
Healthy Sandwell offers support for all ages, families and individuals to get more active, eat better, and maintain a healthy weight for good. For further information please visit www.healthysandwell.co.uk or call 0121 569 5100 or 0800 011 4656.
Inclusion Support Early Years
Providing support to children in their early years, who have individual or special educational needs (SEN) / disabilities.
Infant Feeding Team
Team of Midwives and Support Workers who have all been trained in Infant Feeding.
Click here to learn more about the team.
ISHUS (Integrated Sexual Health Unit Sandwell)
A sexual health and contraception service that offers free and confidential emergency contraception, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and information about sexual health.
Please click here to visit the team’s page.
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
By contacting PALS, you can talk to someone who is not involved in your care. You can ask questions, get advice or give your opinions.
Providing on-the-spot help and support with the power to negotiate solutions or speedy resolutions of problems, PALS also acts as a gateway to independent advice. Click here to visit the team’s page: www.swbh.nhs.uk/patients-visitors/while-you-are-here/patient-support/
Sandwell Wellbeing Hub
A range of group and individual talking therapies to help improve emotional health and wellbeing, including self-help material, group work and individual talking and listening services which will improve your confidence, wellbeing and emotional health. Please visit their website at: http://www.sandwellbeing.co.uk/ for more information.
Sandwell Council Website:
This website offers a variety of information and links to services within Sandwell, including:
Families in Sandwell: www.sandwell.gov.uk/families
Early Years and Child Care: www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200298/early_years_and_childcare
Health and Social Care: www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200215/health_and_social_care
Leisure, Park and Events: www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200237/leisure_parks_and_events
Libraries : www.sandwell.gov.uk/libraries
Parenting Programme: www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200295/schools_and_learning/3440/parenting_courses
Stop smoking Service:
Please click here to visit Sandwell Council’s website and learn about the Stop Smoking service.
Current guidance recommends introducing solids to your baby from around six months of age, giving breast milk or first stage infant formula for the first six months. These will provide all the nutrients and energy your baby needs for the best start to life. When starting weaning at six months introduce a variety of vegetables, fruit, and protein rich food such as meat, fish, beans and cooked eggs. Starchy foods such as potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and pasteurised dairy products like full fat plain yoghurt and cheese. Please see meal plan ideas in the web links section, or visit http://www.nhs.uk/start4life/first-foods or the building blocks brochure.
See the following meal plans that you can follow:
Babywalkers – Is Child Safe?
BBSA Leaflet on Blind Cords and Chains
Female Pelvic Floor Exercises
Folic Acid Leaflet
Guide to Bottle Feeding
Healthy Habits for Baby and You
Introducing Solid Foods
Off to the Best Start
Safety Checklist For Parents
Sandwell Family Information Service
Tummy Time Poster
The Health Visiting contact centre is your first port of call if you need to speak to a member of the Health Visiting team i.e. a Health Visitor or a Nursery Nurse. Your call will be answered by a member of the administration team, who will take your details and a message. This will then be forwarded to your Health Visiting team, and a member of the team will return your call to help with your query.
Call the team at: 0121 612 5021.