Judy Brook, Juliet Rayment, Rosamund M Bryar, Ellinor Olander
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 6, Iss. 11, 19 Nov 2018, pp 552 - 559

In the UK, there is a clear remit for midwives and health visitors to work collaboratively to care for pregnant women and new mothers. This study evaluated a clinical placement for midwifery students with health visitor mentors. The evaluation explored the experience of mentors and students during the placement, the effect on their understanding of the different roles and the potential effect on collaborative working in the future. Results indicated that students developed their knowledge of the health visitor role and learned transferable skills to take back to midwifery. They saw little collaborative practice, but identified ways to incorporate inter-professional working into their practice once qualified. Mentors were positive about sharing health visiting practice and the potential impact on relationships in the future.

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