Move to encourage more health visitors

NURSES and midwives are being encouraged to become health visitors and take care out into the local community.

East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the DGH, has got on board with a national campaign to recruit more members of staff who can provide nursing in the home.

Health visitors are experts in family health services and work mainly with families and children aged up to five years old to make sure they get the best possible start for a healthy future.

They provide specialist advice and support to parents and are often the first people to identify and respond to health issues during the early stages of a child’s life.

Any registered nurses or midwives can become a health visitor with further training.

The role is suitable for people who have an interest in health promotion, public health and working in the community.

Members of the Department of Health visited the DGH earlier this week to give staff information and advice on how to move into the role.

For more information, visit www.nhscareers.nhs.uk/positivestart or call 0300 1231 023.