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Health Visiting

Health visitors are experts in family health services and predominantly work in partnership with families and children aged 0-5 to ensure the child gets the best possible start for a healthy future.

Previous knowledge and experience already gained as a nurse or midwife provides an excellent basis for further development through the specialised health visiting training programme. Here Health Visitors further enhance their expertise in family, public and community health, health promotion, education and social and emotional development of the child.

Utilising these skills Health Visitors are vital in our communities. With their understanding of the local cultures, beliefs and issues they take the lead in being proactive in co-ordinating a comprehensive programme of evidence based preventative healthcare for the families they work with. Working in partnership with the public and voluntary sector within the community is paramount to providing the best service available for the family and child.

The health visitor aims to offer targeted support to those who need this the most. The health visitor not only offers practical support such as help with breast feeding, information on immunisation, or dealing with childhood illness, they can also provide a listening ear, access to counselling, become a coach, mediator, and advocate – whatever the family requires to prevent or limit problems developing.

The health visitor works with a range of experts across different health care and support services within the community to provide a complex individualised pathway of care. To do this the Health Visitor needs to be fully conversant with all support services available within the region and at times become actively involved in developing new services that will support the needs of the community.

Health visiting is rewarding, dynamic, challenging and innovative. If you have read this and feel that this is a role for you then why not apply. If you would like any further information on the role please contact the service lead in your area

Who can apply?

To train as a health visitor you must be a qualified and registered nurse or midwife.

If you are not a nurse or midwife, you can find out about nursing and midwifery courses by visiting the Nursing and Midwifery councils website.

Health visitors, nurses or midwives who are considering returning to practice as a health visitor, have the opportunity to take up a fully-funded and flexible return to practice course depending on the validity of your license. Return to practice courses are delivered at Teeside University and Northumbria University.

For more information contact:

Northumbria University
Katie Ashdown
0191 215 6164
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Teeside University
Emma Render
0164 2384122
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Qualified nurse or midwife looking for a new challenge.

Training as a health visitor can be carried out over one year’s full-time study. It involves studying at university as well as spending a specific number of hours working as part of a health visitor team within an NHS Trust. This allows students to put theory into practice and develop the skills needed in order to take on this important role. If you would like more information on the recruitment process and the day to day work involved as a health visitor click here.

An application is required by the course provider and the trust, this will be explained to you in further detail by your course provider.

Northumbria University
Katie Ashdown
0191 215 6164
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Teesside University
Aileen Monkhouse
01642 384 955
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Courses can be offered at undergraduate degree, postgraduate certificate/diploma or master’s degree level. If studying at postgraduate level, you will need to hold a first degree or provide other evidence of the ability to study at this level.

If you are interested in applying for a course in health visiting then contact one of the training providers listed down the right hand side for more information.

Please note the HENE require at least six months post qualifying experience before you would be eligible to apply.

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