Health visiting on the road
- Published on Friday, 14 December 2012 11:15
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
The Royal College of Nursing is running a series of health visitor recruitment roadshows in collaboration with the Department of Health.
RCN members interested in promoting public health to the wider community can attend one of the free events in January and February across England.
The Government's vision for the future of health visiting in England will see a new health visiting service that all families can expect to access, as part of a range of local services to support families.
Dr Peter Carter, Chief Executive & General Secretary of the RCN, said: "Health visitors make a significant impact on the health of young children, families and communities. They play a vital role in disease prevention and the early identification of health and social problems. They also carry out a range of measures which have a lifelong positive impact on the health and quality of life of children. The RCN welcomes the opportunity to work closely with the Government in hosting these roadshows and would encourage nurses interested in becoming health visitors to attend."
Those the attending the roadshows will learn about the reality and benefits of the role from local health visitors and discover more about training and career progression.
Evidence shows early support in childhood is crucial to a child's development, and health visitors lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme, providing services covering pregnancy and the first five years of life.
Pauline Watts, Professional Officer for Health Visiting at the Department of Health, said: "This is an exciting time to consider a career in health visiting. How many careers give nurses an opportunity to influence the lives of so many and to work with children, families and communities, to improve health and well being outcomes today and for future generations to come. We want the very best to step up to the challenge."