Discover a new career as a health visitor
Help parents provide a positive start for their family
There’s never been a better time to consider a career as a health visitor. In response to the greater understanding of the life-long benefits gained through early-years healthcare, the government has committed to transform the profession and increase health visitor numbers.
Finance and funding
We know that financial concerns can play a big part in your decision to become a health visitor, so you’ll be reassured to know that all training courses are fully paid for. This funding will be provided by SHAs via local service providers offering clinical placements.
You will be supported on a Band 5 salary during the 12-month training period and the range on the pay scale can vary. If you are already working as a 1st level registered nurse, your current employer may be able to second you onto a training programme.
Progression and professional independence
One of the biggest changes you’ll notice as a 1st level registered nurse will be a newfound sense of professional autonomy as you take the lead in public health promotion, prevention and wellbeing.
This change of direction towards a wellness model can mean anything from new birth visits and educating new parents, to protecting and safeguarding vulnerable children. Flexible working patterns that fit with your life will also help give you more time for the other things that are important to you.
Variety and diversity
No two days are the same when you’re a health visitor. You’ll use a wide range of complex skills to take a holistic approach to care in a variety of different environments; from people’s homes and GP surgeries, to children’s centres and clinics.
This is a multifaceted role that will build on your existing nursing knowledge with additional health visitor training in public health. When you start working as a health visitor you will work with a wide range of partners and benefit from ongoing support from the team around you.
Rewarding and inspiring
The impact you can have on the surrounding community will be far-reaching, building lasting relationships with many families, and playing a vital role in the long-term wellbeing of their children. You will play a crucial role in improving the health of your community at a family and individual level, while delivering the public health agenda along with other agencies.
It’s an interesting, challenging and varied career choice for a 1st level registered nurse, and one that requires a change of mindset from treating illness to promoting wellness. To be truly effective, you’ll need a real interest in public health that is based on prevention rather than cure. Whether you’re helping a family take their first steps into parenthood, or offering support to women with post-natal depression; there’s plenty to keep you inspired.
Training and support
If you’re focused on promoting wellbeing and driven to make a difference, then training to become a health visitor will be hugely intensive and rewarding. You’ll be building on your knowledge of nursing with a range of new topics and approaches; from a base in public health, through to building sustained, collaborative relationships in the community.
Although it may be a while since you last studied, our supportive training combined with your proven skills will ensure that you’re well equipped to excel.
If you’re passionate about making a difference and want to take the next step, watch our short film , showing the impact a health visitor can make from a parent’s perspective. You can also register for more information on our website, or by calling 0300 123 1023.