Childcare

Health visitor

Health visitors promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness by visiting people in their homes.

Annual Salary

£26,250 to £41,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37.5

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Health visitor jobs in 2023.
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What's it all about?

You’ll give information, care and support to families with children from birth to 5 years.

Your day-to-day duties may include:

  • giving advice to new parents on feeding babies, hygiene, safety and sleeping
  • supporting parents with their children’s development needs
  • coordinating child immunisation programmes
  • organising special clinics or drop-in centres
  • supporting children with special needs
  • advising on how to reduce the risk of accident and injury
  • working closely with social services and other organisations to safeguard and protect children

You may also spend time:

  • advising older people on health related issues
  • working with the travelling community
  • supporting vulnerable adults who are homeless or have an addiction

You’ll need:

The Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association (CPHVA) and Health Careers have more information on becoming a health visitor.

£26,250 to £41,000

Starter salary: £26,250

Experienced salary: £26,250 to £35,250 (qualified)

Extra allowances may be given for additional responsibilities, location and length of service.

These figures are a guide.

37.5

You’ll usually work 37.5 hours a week, Monday to Friday. Some evening work may be necessary to run clinics and drop-in centres. 

You’ll spend most of your time visiting clients in their own homes. You may also run group support sessions in surgeries and health centres.



You’ll usually need a driving licence.

With experience, you could progress to team manager, community matron or a management role in another department of the NHS.

You could also go into nurse education and training.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent communication and listening skills
  • tact, patience and persuasiveness
  • the ability to interpret body language and other non-verbal communication
  • the ability to cope emotionally with distressing issues
  • organisational skills
  • the ability to work on your own initiative
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