Work pressure hitting health visitor morale

A third of health visitors are unable to meet the needs of the most vulnerable children on their caseload and more than half have low morale, a survey shows.

Of more than 800 health visitors in England interviewed for the survey by Unite/CPHVA, 53 per cent said their morale was fairly poor or very poor, while 32 per cent said they could not meet vulnerable children’s needs.

Three quarters reported knowing colleagues who were on leave because of work-related stress, and a similar number said they had experienced increased stress themselves.

Unite/CPHVA acting lead professional officer Cheryll Adams said: ‘This research reveals a depressing cocktail of a profession under serious pressure.’

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