Why was the Universal Health Visiting Pathway in Scotland’ tool developed?
The ‘Universal Health Visiting Pathway in Scotland’ tool has been developed to support health visitors and underpin their work. “This Pathway underpins and guides the foundation of the refocused Health Visitor role for NH Scotland and integrates the Named Person role. It should be considered alongside work undertaken on caseload weighting and management, increased health visitor training, investment and practice development. It is central to the implementation of the Children and Young People Scotland (Scotland) Act 2014 and sits alongside Health Boards’ local Health Visitor Implementation Plans and wider workforce planning for early years.” Concerning the quote above, the impact of the introduction of the legislation was of great significance, the entire role of the Health Visitor had to be revisited and amended by the Act, for the benefit of the children and families of Scotland. Provision of The Pathway means that all families in Scotland can expect to have equal levels of service from their Health Visitor no matter who they are or where they live. Before the Act, there were discrepancies in the level of service provided across the country.