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'Health visitors must show leadership to deliver vision'

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I think you are talking "pie in the sky" as a qualified Health Visitor (who only qualified in 2008) I am currently debating whether to bother renewing my NMC status as I am being asked to act not as a Health Visitor but to only perform birth visits and Child Protection. This is not what I trained for and I am losing my skills to assess development etc due to this. I know of a large number of Health Visitors who are leaving the profession due to this pressure. Health Visitors are being asked to be accountable and managing teams of staff nurses (quite often being employed when HV's have left due to retirement and moving to other Pct's) and nursery nurses whilst remaing on a level 6 pay. I value to work undertaken by my skill mix but this should be in addition to a Health Visitor assessment not instead of. In the North West of England on the NHS jobs site there are only 4 positons being advertised currently! does this look like a drive to recruit health visitors, I think not.

Posted date

21 September, 2011

Posted time

8:05 am

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