Virgin Care shortlisted for Nursing Times Award

Virgin Care’s Devon Health Visiting in Partnership (DHViP) programme has been shortlisted in the ‘Nursing in the community’ category of the Nursing Times Awards 2017.

DHViP is an intensive health visiting programme for vulnerable families developed by the Public Health Nursing team at Virgin Care’s Devon Integrated Children’s Services.

It provides a model for health visitors to identify families that would benefit from more regular visits and greater support such as young or first-time parents or those with a history of mental illness or drug abuse. Those taking part commit to some 24 visits over the course of two and a half years covering such subjects as the transition to parenthood, maternal mental health, breastfeeding skills, healthy weight, nutrition and physical activity guidance.

Teignbridge Team Leader Lee Beardsmore, Bideford and Barnstaple Team Leader Elaine O’Flaherty and Service Development Manager Victoria Howard, who designed and implemented the DHViP model, will present their work to the panel of judges on 15 September.

Dr Matthew Hodson, Virgin Care’s Chief Nurse, said, “DHViP has been designed to allow the health visiting teams to work more flexibly and focus more intensively on meeting these families’ complex needs and to work closely with other services to maintain a flexible but coordinated approach.”

Jenni Middleton, editor of Nursing Times, said, “The Nursing Times Awards gives us an opportunity each year to see outstanding quality improvement projects from nurses and the teams they work with… and it is truly a celebration of their hard work, drive and talent.”

The winners of the 2017 Nursing Times Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 2 November in London.

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