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Health visitor

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

Average salary (a year)

£35,000 Starter


£60,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

38 to 40 a week

You could work

evenings on a rota

How to become

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How to become a health visitor

You can get into this job through an apprenticeship or by working toward this role.


If you are a qualified registered nurse or midwife, you may be able to do a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Level 7 Degree Apprenticeship.

This typically takes a year and 6 months to complete as a mix of learning on the job and study.

Entry requirements

To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:

  • to be a registered nurse

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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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Career tips

You'll be expected to understand how the NHS values apply in your work when applying for a course or an apprenticeship.

Further information

You can get more advice about how to become a health visitor from Health Careers.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • sensitivity and understanding
  • active listening skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • knowledge of psychology
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • administration skills
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Restrictions and Requirements

You'll need to:

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

As a health visitor, you could:

  • 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

Working environment

You could work at a client's home, at a health centre or at a GP practice.

Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience you could:

  • specialise in an area like working with teenage parents or people that need mental health support
  • progress to team manager, community matron or a healthcare management role
  • move into education, training or academic research

Current opportunities

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Current opportunities

Apprenticeships In England

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Courses In England

Access To Nursing

  • Provider: On Course South West
  • Start date: 21 September 2024
  • Location: E-assessor

Access to HE - Nursing

  • Provider: Harrow, Richmond & Uxbridge Colleges (HRUC)
  • Start date: 09 September 2024
  • Location: Harrow

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