Health visitor

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Health visitors work with families in their own homes to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness.

Salary range: £30,401 to £43,772

How to become a health visitor

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role

Work

You can apply for training if you’re a registered nurse or midwife. Any branch of nursing is acceptable.

You’ll complete a course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – Health Visiting, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Courses can be full time or part time and last between 1 and 2 years.

More information

Registration

Further information

You’ll find more details about how to become a health visitor from Health Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You’ll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and requirements

You’ll need to:

What you’ll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • giving advice to new parents on feeding babies, hygiene, safety and sleeping
  • supporting parents with their children’s development needs
  • coordinating child immunisation programmes
  • organising special clinics or drop-in centres
  • supporting children with special needs
  • advising on how to reduce the risk of accident and injury
  • working closely with social services and other organisations to safeguard and protect children

Working environment

You could work at a client’s home, at a health centre or at a GP practice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and you’ll travel often.

Career path and progression

With experience, you could progress to team manager, community matron or a management role in another department of the NHS.

You could also go into nurse education and training.

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