This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

Health visiting services could save billions

Written by: | Published:

A universal health visiting services is crucial A universal health visiting services is crucial to improving outcomes for young children

Early intervention services provided by health visiting services have the potential to save the government billions of pounds, a report from the Institute of Health Visiting has found.

The report, The economics of health visiting: a universal preventative child and family health promotion programme, states that social problems affecting young people such as mental health problems, going into care, unemployment and youth crime cost the country almost £17 billion a year. However, intervening early in a child’s life reduces the potential for these factors to arise, while also improving the child’s health outcomes.

‘The earliest years of children’s lives have a powerful influence on their subsequent development and health, with benefits both to themselves and to society that last beyond childhood – and health visitors play a critical role in these early years,’ said Dr Cheryll Adams, executive director of the Institute of Health Visiting.

The report also states that early interventions in perinatal mental health, which can be provided by midwives and health visitors, have the potential to save the NHS as much as £1.2 billion.

‘Investing in an early intervention service, such as universal health visiting, reduces inequalities in the earliest years of a child’s life, giving all children the most important thing, the best start in life’, added Dr Adams.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.



Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Most read articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Practice Nursing Journal latest issue and most read articles.

Click here to read a selection of free to access articles from Practice Nursing Journal


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.