Why become a health visitor?

Health visitors have a varied role that encompasses supporting young children and their families through the crucial 0 – 5 years. They work alongside colleagues in public health, looking to ensure positive outcomes and the best possible start in life for all children in their area. They also provide leadership to the child services team – a great career development opportunity for those who enjoy the challenge – as well as having the opportunity to actively influence a child’s life chances through early intervention on issues such as attachment and maternal mental health.

Common tasks include:

  • Offering parenting support and advice on family health and minor illnesses
  • New birth visits which include advice on feeding, weaning and dental health
  • Physical and developmental checks
  • Providing families with specific support on subjects such as post natal depression.

You can find out more about what being a health visitor in England involves by visiting the NHS Careers website.

Why is now the right time to become a health visitor in England?

Health visiting in England is undergoing a period of transformation and investment with the number of health visitors being increased by 4,200 by 2015.

As part of this, the role of health visitors is expanding to become much more about driving and leading on the care and services to children and their families during the crucial 0-5 years.

This investment and transformation is rejuvenating the service and helping to support the goal of ensuring all families have a health visitor. To read more about the transformation health visiting is undergoing see the NHS Careers website or read The National Health Visitor Plan.

You will also have the chance to develop your own career pathway, working in specialist areas such as Safeguarding as well as access to ongoing training through a CPD programme supporting you to gain more skills and enhance those you already have.

And you will be joining a service that values the experience you bring with you as well as your contribution to what is a key workforce in the delivery of services to children.