More health visitors are needed to meet the growing demands of young families in Wisbech


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An increase in the number of young families moving to Wisbech has prompted a call for more health visitors to join the town’s care services.

nti-natal visits and breast feeding drop-in sessions along with Rhythm and Rhyme classes for carers and tots are among the more recent services that health visitors have introduced in the town.

They also help families with transition into parenthood, maternal mental health, healthy weight, managing minor risks and accidents and ensuring children are at the right developmental level for starting school.

Now Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust (CCS) is appealing for experienced or newly qualified health visitors to join their team to help them reach the town’s large young population and continue to provide specialist sessions for families.

Kim Chenery, team manager for North Fenland, said: “On top of a multi-cultural mix and a sizeable young population Wisbech also has deprived areas which make it challenging. But those are precisely the reason why I find my job enjoyable.

“The early years of a child form the foundation for life. What we do is ensure they get the support they require to reach their full potential.

“There’s huge job satisfaction in knowing that you make a difference to a family, and helping to meet the needs of a community. And no two days are the same. There is also plenty of flexibility in working hours.”

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The Department of Health has set up a four-year initiative to increase the number of health visitors across the country which has seen the number of

across Cambridgeshire go up from 63 to 118.

But as more young families move into Wisbech, the Trust says additional clinicians are needed in the town to run extra initiatives aimed at families with children.

For more information about breast feeding drop-in sessions for mums and a Rhythm and Rhyme classes or if you are a health visitors who would like to work 22 hours per week or more call Kim on 01945 488002/07940 238638.

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