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RCN charity awards £48,300 for health visitors’ emotional support programme

Online iHV pilot scheme aims to improve well-being of those working through the COVID-19 pandemic
A young woman looking at the screen of a laptop. Picture: iStock

Online Institute of Health Visiting pilot scheme aims to improve well-being of those working through the COVID-19 pandemic

The RCN Foundation is funding a pilot programme which will focus on supporting the emotional well-being of health visitors after working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The independent charity, launched by the RCN in 2010, has awarded 48,300 to the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) for the virtual programme.

Having to deal with challenging times

iHV's Cheryll Adams

iHV executive director Cheryll Adams said she is thrilled that this support is being offered for health visitors.

Online Institute of Health Visiting pilot scheme aims to improve well-being of those working through the COVID-19 pandemic

Institute of Health Visiting emotional support programme consists of six online support sessions.
The programme consists of six online support sessions Picture: iStock

The RCN Foundation is funding a pilot programme which will focus on supporting the emotional well-being of health visitors after working through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The independent charity, launched by the RCN in 2010, has awarded £48,300 to the Institute of Health Visiting (iHV) for the virtual programme.    

Having to deal with ‘challenging times’

Institute of Health Visiting executive director Cheryll Adams is thrilled that support is being offered for health visitors
iHV's Cheryll Adams

iHV executive director Cheryll Adams said she is thrilled that this support is being offered for health visitors.

‘The past six months have been some of the most challenging in memory for health visitors,’ said Dr Adams.

‘We would like to extend our warmest thanks to the RCN Foundation for their support to make this happen.’

The announcement comes after Dr Adams told The Guardian newspaper that sickness and redeployment of health visitors have led to some having to care for thousands of families instead of the 250, which is considered the ‘safe’ number.

Linking staff well-being and care quality

RCN Foundation director Deepa Korea
RCN Foundation director Deepa Korea

The programme, starting on 19 October, involves six online two-hour support sessions. Sessions will be focussed on the health visitors’ needs.

They will include:

  • Sharing emotional well-being strategies.
  • Opportunities for participants to reflect on their personal action plans.
  • Opportunities to share confidentiality the difficulties faced at work.

RCN Foundation director Deepa Korea said: ‘There is a well-evidenced link between staff well-being and quality of care delivery and it is vitally important that we look at ways in which we can continue to support the nursing community in these challenging times, as they support families and communities across the UK.’


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