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Health visiting

Watch our short film showing the impact a health visitor can make from a parent's perspective.    

Health visitor recruitment is happening across the NHS in England, with 4,200 being recruited between now and 2015. Health visitors are registered nurses or midwives who undertake further (post-registration) health visiting training.


It is a diverse, satisfying and challenging role that involves bonding with families over time. It suits nurses and midwives with an interest in health promotion, public health and working in the community.

Health visitors are best placed to help families and young children. In fact, a growing body of evidence underlines the importance of the role in the first few years of a person's life.

More information

Read more about what health visitors do and the training and entry requirements.

If you are already a qualified nurse, midwife or health visitor looking for a course, you should contact your nearest Local Education and Training Board (LETB). You can find them on our course finder.