Health visitors: “chronic recruitment problems”

A recent report on STV News (13 March) has highlighted “chronic recruitment problems” for health visitors in the Western Isles.

It is expected that health visitors in Scotland will take up the controversial ‘Named Person’ role for younger children, potentially leading to an increase in their workload.

The report stated:

“Child and baby health visits have been suspended in the Western Isles over chronic recruitment problems. Weekly postnatal visits, health assessments and some child planning meetings have been shelved, among other services. NHS Western Isles has suspended the non-priority services until it can recruit two more full-time health visitors.

“Associate chief operating officer, Colin Gilmour, said: ‘We are experiencing ongoing difficulties in recruiting to our health visiting vacancies and are making every effort to ensure that posts are filled as soon as possible.’”