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Health visitors promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness by visiting people in their homes.

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £26,250 to £41,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37.5 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll need:

The Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) and Health Careers have more information on becoming a health visitor.

2. Skills required

You’ll need:

  • 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

4. Salary

Starter: £26,250

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 environment

You’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 progression

With 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 2018