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One of the Welsh Government's main objectives of the Flying Start programme was to reduce health visitor caseloads to no more than 110 children per health visitor in the areas where the initiative was rolled out. The purpose of this was to achieve a more involved health visitor service with more time to allocate to each family. By 2012, 13 out of the 22 Flying Start areas reported that they were maintaining the 110 caseload target, but elsewhere in Wales, caseloads were reportedly reaching three or four hundred per health visitor. An evaluation of the scheme suggested that the decreased caseloads had directly enhanced the health visiting service in terms of number of visits, but ignores the areas outwith the Flying Start programme.

References: National Assembly for Wales (2014) Flying Start; Welsh Government (2014) National Evaluation of Flying Start.

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Publication:Community Practitioner
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:4EUUW
Date:May 1, 2015
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