Recruit a great health visitor workforce

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This section contains 'tools' (advice, guidance and examples of effective practice) for those responsible for health visitor (HV) recruitment. 

The target of 4,200 extra health visitors by 2015 means that all health visitor providers are required to increase their establishment and recruit additional staff. This gives health visitors and students about to complete their training a range of choices of organisations they can apply to, leading to an increasingly competitive recruitment marketplace.

Getting the right people into the service will have a major positive impact on outcomes for the children and families in your communities. 


Running an effective recruitment campaign

We have worked with many health visiting teams, and other services in the NHS. They have highlighted to us how important the recruitment process is. Getting it right will result in good quality applications from people whose values match your organisations’. Access our top tips here.

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Why should health visitors choose to work for you?

The NHS Employers organisation provides guidance on how you can successfully promote yourself as an employer to potential applicants.


Health visitor employment: from training to practice

Our briefing, updated in October 2013, outlines an employment model you can use with new students to help you meet the required increase of health visitors.

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Health visitors return to practice

Encouraging health visitors who have retired or left their career to return to practice can form part of a recruitment strategy and help you to build your workforce. 


Using recruitment and retention premia - a guide

Agenda for Change conditions enable employers to use recruitment and retention premia to attract and retain valuable skilled workers when market pressures make this difficult. Find out how you can use this to help grow your health visiting workforce.

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