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.


The findings reported here were obtained from interviews with parents; focus groups and individual semi-structured interviews with health visitors; online and telephone surveys with parents; an online survey of health visitors; and a review of health visitors’ case note records.

The findings are presented around the key themes identified in the logic model developed for the evaluation. Where possible the findings from the various elements of the evaluation will be interwoven to present a full picture of the theme under consideration. However, not all elements of the evaluation covered all the themes and the findings combine the national level data and the case study data.

The eight major themes that will be covered are:

  • Core and additional visits
  • Trusting relationships
  • Impact of the pathway
  • Partnership working with other agencies
  • The health visiting workforce
  • Overall satisfaction with the health visiting service
  • Suggested improvements
  • Parents experiences during COVID-19 pandemic.


Email: Justine.menzies@gov.scot

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