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Monday 20 November 2017
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Working for us as a health visitor

Health visitor with a mother and her baby
Why should I become a health visitor?

Health visitors have a very significant role to play in helping families and young children. There is a growing body of evidence showing the importance of health visitors in the first few years of a person's life.

Being a health visitor is a diverse 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.

Find more information about the general role of a health visitor on the NHS Careers website.

Why should I become a health visitor with Derbyshire Healthcare?

1. A rewarding role in a motivated team

Our health visitors have a challenging – and rewarding – role to play in the city of Derby, working with families from a range of socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds. The Health Visiting team is extremely motivated and staff are proud of the work they do. In 2013/14, 98% of staff said they would be ‘likely’ or ‘extremely likely’ to recommend their service to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment (source: the NHS Staff Friends and Family Test). The team secured full accreditation under Unicef's Baby Friendly Initiative in June 2015.

2. High levels of training

We not only fund your one-year post-graduate training at the University of Derby. We also provide lots of ongoing training and supervision around safeguarding, emotional resilience and how to provide compassionate care – skills that will be valuable in your later career.

3. High levels of support

Derbyshire Healthcare specialises in compassionate care – and that compassion extends to our staff. We support our health visitors through structured management supervision, meaning you are never working in isolation. We also offer a range of opportunities for staff to talk to colleagues and qualified counsellors if they are experiencing any stress or anxiety, either at work or at home.

Read a week in the life of Sobia Bano, one of our health visitors, to see how varied and rewarding it is to be a Derbyshire Healthcare health visitor.

Where do you advertise your jobs?

We advertise all our health visitor jobs on the Derbyshire Healthcare page on the NHS Jobs website. Please register for the site. If there are no health visitor vacancies at the time of your search, you can set up an alert to be notified when the next set of vacancies are advertised.

Who do I contact to learn more?

To find out more, including details of any current recruitment opportunities, please call us on 01332 888080 ext 88373