Health visitor

Health visitors work with families with a child aged 0 to 5 to identify health needs, promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness.

Day-to-day Tasks

  • advise new parents on baby feeding, hygiene, safety and sleep
  • support parents with their children's development needs
  • coordinate child immunisation programmes
  • organise clinics or drop in centres
  • work with social services and other organisations to safeguard and protect children

Skills and knowledge

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to understand people‚Äôs reactions
  • knowledge of psychology
  • administration skills

Industry Qualifications

You can apply for health visitor training if you're a registered midwife or nurse in any branch of nursing.

You'll need to complete the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting course which is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Your training can be full time or part time and will last between 1 to 2 years.

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