Health visitors are qualified nurses who have received specialist training in child and family health. Early detection of ill-health, monitoring of growth and development and health promotion are their responsibility, with particular reference to mothers, babies and the under 5’s. The health visitor liaises closely with the GPs, other members of the nursing team, children’s centres and professions allied to medicine such as Speech therapists, special educational needs co-ordinators and social workers. The health visitors have knowledge of the facilities and resources available to families and children in the area. They will see clients at home or in the surgery. The health visitor will be pleased to talk to you about any aspect of your family's health.