The Nursing and Midwifery Council have recently published a document aimed at clearing up some misapprehensions about training to become a Health Visitor.
Some of the key points they stress are:
You do not have to have practised for a minimum period as a nurse or midwife before you enter a health visitor programme. Qualified nurses and midwives can enter the programmes at any stage as long as they can demonstrate that they are able to study at the required educational level.
It is not necessary to undertake a secondment or sponsorship for a full year as training routes are flexible.
You do not have to be an adult nurse to enter a training programme. Any registered nurse or midwife is eligible to apply.
Skills for Health is urging healthcare employers to prepare for the introduction of new vocational qualifications from January 2011.
The new health and health-related qualifications to be published to the QCF include Awards, Certificates and Diplomas at both Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE at grades A-C or BTEC First Certificate) and Level 3 (equivalent to A Level or BTEC National Certificate/Diploma).
Source: Health Workforce Bulletin
New dawn for NHS Clinical Scientists
From 2011, the new graduate entry Scientist Training Programme (STP) will replace the former Clinical Scientist Training Scheme. Recruitment into healthcare scientist training posts in England will start in January 2011 for the September 2011 intake. However, the closing date for applications remains unknown.
Details of all training posts will be available from mid-January on the NHS Jobs website. Further details of the scheme and a list of all the posts will be found on the NHS Careers website
NHS Graduate Management Programme
This year’s programme is currently open but the closing deadline is 6th January 2011. Further details and how to apply are on the Scheme’s website www.nhsgraduates.co.uk
“Yesterday an NHS hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, was franchised out to a private company for the first time. Circle Health will take over Hinchingbrooke Hospital, in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, which is reported to have almost £40 million of debt. The company will be paid about £1 billion over ten years, but NHS chiefs said that Circle would make a profit only if it delivered services more efficiently. Circle was awarded the contract after beating a rival bid from Serco.”
Further to a previous post, here is some background on the initiative to recruit more health visitors.
It appears that Heath Visitors are to have a key role as a result of the “Liberating The NHS” document, which plans to devolve the budget for public health onto Local Authorities, some of whom have already taken over responsibility for Health Visiting.
There is a government commitment to recruit 2,400 new Health Visitors (including return to practice initiatives) but many are leaving the profession because the expansion is tied to a responsibility for safeguarding vulnerable children.
Interestingly the numbers studying for the Health Visitor specialism at one university in the North are falling because of lack of available placements.
To some extent Public Health specialisms overlap, notably school nursing, sexual health nursing, and Health Visitor.
However it looks as if the lead professional for the 0 – 19 age range will be the Health Visitor. Notably, school nurse training places are not being commissioned in the same numbers as previously.
The Government’s aim of recruiting an extra 4,200 extra Health Visitors by 2015 has led to some discussions about possible accelerated training routes for the job.
Currently, potential Health Visitors usually need two years’ experience in Nursing before applying for training. However, new ideas include the possibility of on-the-job training or a direct entry training course.