I am currently on a health visiting placement for four weeks. It has been three days and I already know that this job is definitely something I would do in the future.
From previous work experience and placements, I had always thought I was into the complete chaos of a paediatric general ward or an acute setting. However, I have realised that I really love being able to have conversation with people, support them and find solutions to their problems. Health visiting encompasses all of those.
So far, I have been on home visits for new births and assisted with baby clinics, baby massage and developmental reviews. There is a lot of child protection and safeguarding aspects to health visiting too and I have really enjoyed the family holistic support that you provide as a health visitor – making sure that mum, and especially dad, are aware of postnatal depression (or asking a mum to fill out a postnatal depression score questionnaire if there are concerns), recognising issues such as housing or finances, problem solving and giving advice on baby development and routines. I think it is brilliant that there is a strong link between health care and social services in this area as well as it really shows and is so effective.
I remember writing a post in July about feeling frustrated about not being able to help families or patients themselves (adolescents with mental health) with their future endeavours. Like I said in that post, sometimes I feel like we are very medically minded when we should be bridging the gap between the medical model and social model of care. This is why health visiting probably appeals to me so much!
I hope the next three weeks go just as well. I am excited to see how this will all pan out as I have had a couple of placements I haven’t really liked that much. It’s all good experience though – I wonder what I will be thinking come third year and starting the job trawl?
Have you ever been on a placement that you were not sure what to expect but ended up loving it? Or have you been on a placement you thought you would definitely like to do on qualification but then realised you hated it?!