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Health visitor

Health visitors work with families in their own homes to promote healthy lifestyles and prevent illness.

Annual Salary

£31,365 to £44,503

Average UK salary in 2019 was £30,378
(source Office for National Statistics)

Working hours

38 to 40 a week

You could work: evenings; on a rota

Future employment

There will be 6% more Health visitor jobs in 2025.
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What's it all about?

Day to day tasks

As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:

  • give advice to new parents on feeding babies, hygiene, safety and sleeping
  • support parents with their children’s development needs
  • coordinate child immunisation programmes
  • organise special clinics or drop-in centres
  • support children with special needs
  • advise on how to reduce the risk of accident and injury
  • work closely 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.

You can get into this job through:

  • working towards this role

You can apply for training if you're a registered nurse or midwife. Any branch of nursing is acceptable.

You'll complete a course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing - Health Visiting, approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

Courses can be full time or part time and last between 1 and 2 years.

Requirements and restrictions

You'll need to:

More information

Further information

You'll find more details about how to become a health visitor from Health Careers.

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.

You'll find more details about how to become a health visitor from Health Careers.

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You'll need:

  • customer service skills
  • the ability to work well with others
  • the ability to use your initiative
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • to enjoy working with other people
  • the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
  • knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
  • the ability to understand people’s reactions
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
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