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.
To do this apprenticeship, you'll need:
- to be a registered nurse
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.
- you'll need to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
You'll be expected to understand how the NHS values apply in your work when applying for a course or an apprenticeship.
You can get more advice about how to become a health visitor from Health Careers.