Health Visiting, 3rd Edition

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing
Authors :
Patricia Burrows & Jean Cowie
Date of Publication: 03/2022
This popular book encompasses contemporary theory and practice relevant to effective health visiting across all four nations of the United Kingdom, now and into the future. Now in its third edition, the text has been completely rewritten and updated ...view more

This popular book encompasses contemporary theory and practice relevant to effective health visiting across all four nations of the United Kingdom, now and into the future.

Now in its third edition, the text has been completely rewritten and updated by new editors Patricia Burrows and Jean Cowie to reflect the many changes that have occurred as health visiting practice evolves. These include a strong focus on parental and child emotional and mental health wellbeing; speech, language and communication development for children; the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences; and the relevance of technology to health visiting practice.

The book is strongly grounded in evidence and is suitable both for student health visitors as well as qualified practitioners wishing to further their practice and academic development.

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This popular book encompasses contemporary theory and practice relevant to effective health visiting across all four nations of the United Kingdom, now and into the future.

Now in its third edition, the text has been completely rewritten and updated by new editors Patricia Burrows and Jean Cowie to reflect the many changes that have occurred as health visiting practice evolves. These include a strong focus on parental and child emotional and mental health wellbeing; speech, language and communication development for children; the impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences; and the relevance of technology to health visiting practice.

The book is strongly grounded in evidence and is suitable both for student health visitors as well as qualified practitioners wishing to further their practice and academic development.


New to this edition
  • Fully updated throughout to reflect changes in practice including re-organisation of the health care service, changes in social policy, child protection and nurse prescribing.
  • New chapters on Working with individuals and families; Working with social groups and communities; Working with socially excluded groups; Quality improvement through leading and managing change; and Nurse prescribing.
  • Content reorganised to reflect changes in emphasis of various issues in practice
  • Addition of useful websites for further information

Key Features
  • Written by experts in their field and evidence-based throughout
  • Comprehensive coverage of all areas of health visiting to reflect the growing role of the health visitor
  • New practical focus on skills such as child assessment and effective communication
  • Case studies and practice examples to relate theory to practice
  • ‘Thinking spaces’ that enable practice reflection


Author Information
Edited by Patricia Burrows, RGN RM HV MSc PGDiP BSc (Hons), Programme Lead, Specialist Community Public Health Nursing, Department of Child and Family Health, Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, Kings College London, London, UK and Jean Cowie, Principal Educator, NMAHP, NHS Education for Scotland, Edinburgh, UK