Health visitors promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness by visiting people in their homes.
1. Entry requirements
- a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) approved degree in nursing or midwifery
- current registration with the NMC
- to have completed a course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing or Health Visiting (SCPHN or HV)
- clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
2. Skills required
- excellent communication and listening skills
- tact, patience and persuasiveness
- the ability to interpret body language and other non-verbal communication
- the ability to cope emotionally with distressing issues
- organisational skills
- the ability to work on your own initiative
3. What you'll do
You’ll give information, care and support to families with children from birth to 5 years.
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
You may also spend time:
- advising older people on health related issues
- working with the travelling community
- supporting vulnerable adults who are homeless or have an addiction
Experienced: £26,250 to £35,250 (qualified)
Highly Experienced: up to £41,000 (team manager)
Extra allowances may be given for additional responsibilities, location and length of service.
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some evening work may be necessary to run clinics and drop-in centres.
You’ll spend most of your time visiting clients in their own homes. You may also run group support sessions in surgeries and health centres.
You’ll usually need a driving licence.
6. Career path and progressionWith 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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Last updated: 13 September 2017