WORKFORCE: The commissioner is working with Liverpool Community Health Trust to recruit an additional 50 health visitors over the next three years, as part of a national drive to increase health visitors.

A report to the primary care trust’s board of directors states: “Liverpool Community Health working with Liverpool PCT has agreed to increase the health visiting workforce by 20 in 2011-12, a further 20 in 2012-13 and an additional 10 in 2013-14.

It continues: “The increase in workforce will be achieved through supporting existing non-practicing health visitors to return to practice, and the increase in training provision for new recruits. Liverpool Community Health and NHS North West are working with Liverpool John Moores [University] to increase education provision from September 2011. Eighteen students will be recruited to the health visitor training programme in September 2011.”

But it warns: “The commissioners note that a key factor impacting upon the delivery of a new model of health visiting is the changing provision of services for children provided by the local authority.

“A review of the proposed service provision and the impact on health visiting service will be undertaken as part of specification development process.”