Digital innovations by Devon’s health visitors, which ensure that new parents receive the support they need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, have been recognised nationally.
Devon County Council’s Health Visitor Service has been quick to respond to the pandemic and offer virtual appointments, new birth phone and video appointments and specialist support groups, including infant feeding and sleep clinics.
And the approach has proved to be both innovative and successful. So much so, in fact, that last week the Devon Health Visitor team were invited to share their innovations with the Institute of Health Visiting, the principle body tasked with sharing best practice to health visitors in England.
What’s more, the service intends to continue to offer online support alongside face-to-face appointments after the pandemic is over.