This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

New toolkit for measuring outcomes in health visiting

Written by: | Published:

The toolkit will help measure detailed outcomes The toolkit will help measure detailed outcomes in health visiting

The Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) has published a toolkit to measure outcomes in health visiting.

It aims to support health visitor leads in developing outcome measures for their local health visiting service.

The toolkit written by Ruth Hodson, professional officer at the iHV, is broken down into six sections to explore both outcomes and evaluaation in health visiting. The guide forms the introduction and background followed by five sections on different aspects of health visiting practice.

'Since the completion of the Department of Health’s Health Visitor implementation plan A Call to Action to transform health visiting services, there has been an increased emphasis on the need to measure the impact and effectiveness of the transformed health visiting services in England,' said Cheryll Adams, executive director of the iHV.

Health visiting services collect data for key performance indicators described in the National Health Visiting Core Service Specification. These indicators mainly focus on the number of core contacts achieved, but does not go into the detail of the health visiting role or the outcomes for families and children.

'Local commissioners are developing their understanding of the health visitor role and how the service contributes to local and national public health outcomes, the local early years strategy and broader social, economic and fiscal outcomes. Health visitors must therefore develop and gather information which is relevant to their practice and which captures the impact of health visiting interventions on health outcomes,' added Ms Adams.

The toolkit has been released this week to mark #HVWeek.

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.