Universal Health Visiting Pathway evaluation - phase 1: main report - primary research with health visitors and parents and case note review

The Universal Health Visiting Pathway was introduced in Scotland in 2015 to refocus the approach to health visiting. This is the first report of 4 that provides findings of the National Evaluation of Health Visiting. It focuses on primary research with health visitors and parents and case note review.

Appendix 3. Topic Guide (Health Visitors)

1. How long have you been qualified as a health visitor?

2. Are you able to offer the families you see all core visits and additional visits as required? If not, why do you think this is so?

3. Are you always the same Health Visitor that provides all the visits to a family? If not, why do you think this is so?

4. Does the Pathway allow you to strengthen relationships with families? If so, how?

5. Does the Pathway allow you to provide timely and proportionate support to families? If so, how?

6. Does the Pathway allow you to provide appropriate and timely referrals of families to other agencies or professionals? If so, how?

7. In what ways has the Pathway enabled you to link to wider services such as social work and Speech and Language Therapists? Has this changed?

8. Could you give me some examples of additional interventions or supports that you have been able to access for families due to the more frequent contacts?

9. Has the Pathway enhanced your knowledge and awareness of community assets, care and referral pathways?

10. In your opinion, does the Pathway promote:

a. Multi-agency partnership working? If so, how?

b. Information sharing? If so, how?

11. What do you feel about the Pathway in terms of:

a. Early identification of family’s strength and concerns?

b. Early identification of child strengths and concerns (e.g. HPI-A, child development, neglect)?

12. How do you feel you are equipped to identify concerns in children and their families and provide appropriate support?

13. Children’s wellbeing, safety and attachment are of key importance to give children the best start in life.

a. How has your practice of these issues changed as a result of the Pathway?

14. I understand that you have now moved to strength-based and outcome focused working.

a. How has this influenced your practice?

b. What do you think is the benefit to families in terms of working in in this way?

15. Has the Pathway enhanced your participation in clinical supervision and appropriate training? If so, in what ways?

16. How would you describe the support you receive in terms of caseload management?

17. In your experience, how have you found the process of implementing the Pathway to be in your health board?

18. Do you have any further comments you’d like to add with regard to the Pathway?


Email: Justine.menzies@gov.scot

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