Drive to recruit 300 new health visitors
April 26, 2011
Hundreds of medical workers are to be trained to improve the health and wellbeing of local children and families.
The NHS South Central region is looking to recruit more than 300 qualified nurses, midwives and student nurses to start training as health visitors.
It is part of a national recruitment drive to find an extra 4,200 health visitors for England by April 2015.
Jill Pellett, acting chief nurse for the NHS South Central region, said: “We are expanding and strengthening the health visiting profession to meet the rising birth rate.
“Fifty thousand babies were born in the NHS South Central region last year.
“We need to make sure all babies grow into healthy children and have the same opportunities to thrive later in life.
“We are looking for qualified healthcare professionals, who are passionate about the health and wellbeing of children.
“This is an exciting time to join a rejuvenated profession which offers a rewarding and dynamic career.”
Health visitors ensure a healthy start for children by giving advice and support to new mothers.
Trainee health visitors gain a fully funded degree in one year or in two years as part-timers and receive a salary while training.
To apply for training, visit www.southcentral.nhs.uk/healthvisitor. The deadline for applications is Sunday, May 1.