Health visiting in the UK has its origins in the nineteenth century. Early health visitors started to be employed in Salford, Manchester from 1862. By 1905 health visitors were employed in about 50 towns. Their role was to visit families to advise them on nutrition and hygiene as there were very high levels of infant and maternal mortality. From the 1890s Florence Nightingale became interested in the potential for the role of health visitor in the community, as distinct from that of the nurse whose care was focused on sick people rather than preventative health. She was responsible . . .
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