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Looking for a job as a health visitor?

There is increasing demand for health visitors, especially in the London area, but also in other parts of the country. The role of a health visitor is diverse.

Health visitors mostly work within local Community Health teams. As a Health Visitor, you will visit families, the elderly and people with disabilities in their home, and offer them advice and guidance to support their mental and physical wellbeing.

Some of your daily tasks as a Health Visitor will depend on which sector of the community you are expected to support. You could provide support to new parents with issues relating to their new-born child, participate in baby clinics and work with groups of parents providing services such as baby massage.

You will need to be able to communicate effectively with external agencies to ensure the wellbeing of children and other vulnerable groups within the community. Being knowledgeable in areas such as Child Protection and current legislation is an essential element to the job. You will be expected to keep and update all records accordingly.

To become a Health Visitor, you must already be qualified as a Midwife or a Registered Nurse and have experience in working in either field. When applying for a job as a health visitor, you must be able to provide evidence of all current registrations held, for example, registration with Nursing and Midwifery Council.

As a Health Visitor, you could expect to earn anything up to £40,000 per annum, depending on your seniority within the team, experience or length of service. You will normally work office hours, but some evening or weekend work may be required.

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