A short video has been made by students at Solent University to encourage more people to become health visitors.
The humorous video entitled “Grumpy Baby” tells the story of a health visitor during a consultation with two year old “Jimmy” and his family.
While addressing the family’s concerns regarding Jimmy’s speech, the health visitor casually mentions the benefits of health visiting including not having to work shifts, receiving a salary while training and “not being stuck in an office”.
The video is part of an ongoing campaign by the strategic health authority NHS South Central to challenge the misconception that health visiting consists of only “weighing babies” and to advertise it as an exciting career option. It forms part of the SHA’s contribution to the national health visiting programme, though which the government aims to increase the current workforce by 50% by 2015, equivalent to 4,200 posts.
Clare Messenger, the SHA’s associate director of children and young people, said: “We asked the students to produce a short video for us to help raise awareness of health visiting, both as an important NHS service for new parents and as a rewarding career option for healthcare professionals.
“Health visiting is a really attractive career option, you’re not stuck in an office and you get to make a real difference to local families. It’s not just about weighing babies; health visitor’s work with women throughout pregnancy, new-born babies and children up to the age of five,” she added.
The SHA currently expects around 150 individuals from a variety of backgrounds in healthcare to begin specialist training as health visitors in September.
Nationally, the Department of Health is to write to all newly qualified nurses and midwives over the next couple of months encouraging them to consider a career in health visiting. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has already written to thousands of former health visitors to encourage them to return to practice.