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'Where else can I go from here?'

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Expert advice for a health visitor looking to move up the career ladder

Question

I am a health visitor looking for an upward move in my career but would like to remain clinical. I have a 2:1 degree in community nursing, which includes independent prescribing (in health visiting), and my background is seven years gynaecology, four years practice nursing and 3.5 years health visiting. Management and being a community practice teacher do not appeal to me. Where else can I go from here?

Yours Sincerely,

Maxine Elder


Answer

Hi Maxine,

You need to explore the opportunities for progression through education or service management. There may be opportunities for clinical specialist roles that you may find attractive, which would maintain the clinical focus you seek – for example, in sexual health. The other opportunity may be a lecturer/practitioner role.

Even though you state you do not want to be a community practitioner leader, the lecturer/practitioner role is quite different. In this position, you would maintain your clinical role but would hold a contract with your local university and would undertake teaching on particular courses.

Best wishes,
Gail & Angela

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  • Hi Maxine

    Why not look outside the box (NHS) and the UK. With your skills you could work with many organisations abroad, United Nations and Save the Children just to mention two names. With your skills you would be guaranteed a "hands-on" worth while and rewarding career.

    Lyn

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