Becoming a Health Visitor 

Health visitors are nurses or midwives who are passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles and preventing illness. They work with families to give pre-school age children the best possible start in life.

For further information about a career in health visiting, and health visitor training, please click here.

Applying for Health Visitor Training in the East of England

Health visitor training in the east of England covers the following counties: 

  • Norfolk 
  • Suffolk 
  • Hertfordshire 
  • Bedfordshire 
  • Cambridgeshire
  • Essex

If you are a qualified nurse or midwife and are interested in working as a health visitor in the community, service providers across the east are recruiting from January onwards for a September intake. You can apply to be a student health visitor via the NHS Jobs website or you find out more by contacting your local service provider, for key contacts, please click here.

The post offers a fully-funded, one-year full time or two year part time degree programme to gain the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing qualification. Successful applicants will receive a salary while training, equivalent to Agenda for Change Band 5.

The course is split equally between university and practice placement with a health visitor team.

Recruitment is managed via the service providers, so in order to be accepted for a funded place on a training course you need to apply to the relevant organisation. Places are advertised via NHS jobs. If you are interested in working for a particular service or locality, then get in touch with the Servicer Provider Contact.

Returning to Practice 

If you are thinking of coming back to health visiting then please click on the following link to the Health Careers website for further details of how you can return to practice.

Attributes of a Health Visitor

Click here to view personal and professional attributes required to become a health visitor. You can find further Department of Health resources by browsing the tabs on the right.

For more information about health visiting, you may be interested in the following films:





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