Category Archives: health visitor

Careers in Healthcare – where to look! (Friday’s Featured Vacancy – 09/05/2014)

Looking for your first job can be quite a daunting prospect, but don’t worry, the University of Cumbria Careers Team are here to help!

Our Health Professions pages will help you find a wealth of information and resources related to working in the health and well-being sector.

In addition to this every year there are a number of events and fairs at the University which will allow you to meet the professionals and get advice directly from them.

Once you have had a look at all the resources available online, if you still need some help and support, email the careers service and we can help point you in the direction!

Applying for posts

All NHS trusts use the NHS careers website. You can search by type of job or location. You can also subscribe to receive updates.

Private sector posts are listed on a number of sites

Guide to applying for your first nursing post (pdf)
Guide to applying for your first nursing post (word doc)

UoC Careers Service  Guides to specific careers paths

Useful links

NHS Careers website

Nursing Standard  publication  of the Royal College of Nursing

Nursing Times – professional and clinical articles for nurses


Health Visitor Training – The Facts

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.

You may have seen a previous article on this blog about an anticipated major shortage of health visitors. You might also wish to note that, by a great stroke of fortune, the University of Cumbria is currently offering places on the BSc Hons Course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) to start shortly at its Lancaster campus.

More News from the Health Sector

Health NVQs coming soon

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

Source: AGCAS

Latest Health News

Private company wins bid to run NHS hospital

“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.”

Sainsbury’s to offer in-store GP services

“Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is expected to launch a nationwide network of family doctor surgeries in 204 of its stores which will provide shoppers with treatment and prescriptions. Sainsbury’s expects to benefit from the arrangement by attracting extra customers into its stores. The plans were revealed yesterday by the doctors’ magazine, Pulse and outlined in today’s Independent.

Source: Communications circular from Cathy Taylor, RCN Careers Adviser, issued to AGCAS Nursing Network

More Health News – NVQs Ride On

Skills Sector Council Skills for Health is promoting the introduction of new health and health-related vocational qualifications from January 2011.

More than 25 new vocational qualifications will be launched in the New Year via the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF), and the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

Is this a sign that more stress will in future be placed on on-the-job training routes for Associate Practitioners and other support roles as opposed to professional qualifications?

Health Visitors – Changes in Role as well as Increase in Numbers

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.

Possible Changes to Health Visitor Training

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.