Health visitor employment: from training to practice


11 / 3 / 2014 Midnight

Health visiting students who entered health visitor training in January and March 2014 will be the last cohorts to enter the workforce and finish by April 2015.

This briefing describes a suggested model for offering student health visitors employment at the point of training, its benefits and what you need to consider if you decide to implement this approach.

In 2012, NHS Employers published Health Visitor employment: from training to practice - a guide for employers. It set out an approach employers can use to encourage health visitor recruitment by offering employment at the point of entry in to health visitor training. 

To reflect the changes in the NHS architecture from April 2013, we worked with the Department of Health (DH), NHS England and Health Education England (HEE) to update this briefing.

Why use the model presented in the briefing?

  • It provides a commitment of employment to students.
  • The number of students who need to be trained in 2013/14 will be greater than in 2012/13.
  • Undecided potential applicants and those yet to accept or take up places they have been offered will have increased confidence in their move into the profession.
  • It demonstrates your commitment as a service provider to the health visitor implementation plan.
  • Students are more likely to remain in employment with your organisation, reducing the need for a lengthy and expensive recruitment process.
  • It can reduce attrition rates from courses.
  • It contributes towards greater confidence in meeting your health visitor trajectories by knowing your future workforce.
  • The morale of existing staff can be improved by you demonstrating your commitment to increased numbers of students and health visitors.

Find out more about the model, its potential benefits, and how to implement it by downloading the briefing from our publications page. We have also compiled some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to support employers. If you have any comments about the briefing or questions not answered in the FAQs, please get in touch at


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