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Health Visitors shortlisted for national award

East Coast Community Healthcare’s health visiting team has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The team, who work alongside Family Nurses and School Nurses to provide joined-up care for children in Great Yarmouth and Waveney from birth to adulthood, have been voted as finalists in the Team of the Year category of the Journal of Health Visiting awards.

In recent years ECCH’s health visiting team has consistently beaten both regional and national figures for performance. It has also introduced a number of innovative measures in response to the needs of local communities such as Tiny Tots, a special clinic for families with premature babies to meet and share experiences which was launched last summer in response to several mums reporting that they would appreciate additional support.

With 20.6% of Waveney Year 6 children classified as obese - the highest figure in East Anglia – the team set up Tiny Tummies last July. This is a drop-in clinic to inform parents and carers about healthy food options and portion sizes, and to address concerns like fussy eating and feeding difficulties.

The team also run popular baby weaning classes for new parents combining healthy eating advice with CPR training for parents, in the event that a baby should start to choke. The Care Quality Commission has described these as an example of outstanding practice. And last November seven of the team successfully completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Baby Basics, a Lowestoft charity that provides essential items to mothers and families who are struggling financially.

ECCH’s Director of Health Improvement and Children’s Services Julia Whiting said: I am extremely proud of our health visitors whose continued excellent results demonstrate their commitment to supporting families with babies and young children in the Waveney area. They have such a positive approach and are dedicated to their work, thoroughly engaged with clients and keen to lead by example. I have great admiration for the way they find solutions and provide high quality, practical advice and support with their focus always on what’s best for children and families. They really deserve this accolade.”

The awards will be announced at a ceremony in the Liver Building in Liverpool on 21st March.

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