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If you are thinking of becoming a health visitor, hopefully you have found a lot of information on this website which has shown you the importance of health visitors in working with families and communities.

To become a health visitor, you need to be a qualified nurse or midwife and then undertake a one year (52 weeks) full-time or 2 years (104 weeks) part-time programme to qualify as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor).

You will find information about careers in health visiting and information on the recruitment process to programmes on the NHS Careers website:

All the educational programmes to prepare you to be a health visitor are also on the NMC web site:

Preparing to be a Health Visitor

Ensure you are up to date with guidelines and policies such as:

  • 2015-6 National Health Visiting Core Service Specification (NHS England 2014)
  • Healthy Child Programme- DH 2009
  • Public Health England website for early years latest policy information
  • Understand the 4-5-6 model of health visiting- what are the 4 service levels? What are the 5 mandated visits? What are the 6 high impact areas?
  • All our Health: Personalised Care and Population Health (PHE 2015)
  • Make sure you are familiar with the Standards of Proficiency for Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (NMC 2004)
  • Understand how HV services are commissioned. Look at NICE guidance for LAs https://www.nice.org.uk/advice/lgb22/chapter/introduction

Do join us to access this website fully and take full advantage of the resources for your interview prep.

Personal and professional attributes of health visitors – what employers are looking for (DH 2012)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/personal-and-professional-attributes-for-consideration-as-part-of-the-recruitment-and-selection-process-into-health-visiting-programmes

Be prepared to demonstrate that you are:

  • Proactively interested in public health, prevention and early intervention
  • Adaptable and influential
  • Respectful of different values and take a holistic approach to care
  • Supportive and have an adaptive communication style
  • Insightful when communicating
  • Able to engage others and build partnerships
  • Able to demonstrate professionalism

Entry requirements

Students accessing health visiting programmes must:

  • Hold current registration on part 1 or 2 of the NMC register
  • Complete an enhanced DBS check
  • Academic entry requirements do vary according to HEI but most require a first degree.

Possible interview questions:

  • Why have you chosen to apply for a career in health visiting?
  • What skills and/or qualities can you contribute?
  • What are the commitments such a course involves?
  • How do you think you will adapt to being a student and studying?
  • What ways do you consider yourself a professionally committed person?
  • Can you tell us what you understand to be the role of the health visitor?
  • What factors can you identify that may be impacting on the way that services are delivered in the community?
  • You arrive at a house to see a child and notice that the child has a slap mark injury to his / her face.  Where are your responsibilities?  To whom are you accountable and for what?
  • What other services do health visitors work with?
  • Can you talk about the role of the health visitor and safeguarding children?