DoH to create 4,200 health visitor posts

The DoH has launched a national recruitment drive to create 4,200 health visitor posts, the public health minister has announced.

Ms Milton: health visitors play an important role
Ms Milton: health visitors play an important role

Anne Milton said this would mean the number of health visitors working closely with families in the community would increase by 50%.

She also outlined plans for a new improved training programme, a focus on recruiting and retaining workers and ‘creating a new vision and identity for the profession.

Ms Milton said 'investing in health visitors is investing in the future health and well being of our children, families and communities.'

She added: ‘Health visitors play such an important role. They give support and advice to families and can make a huge difference to the lives of children.

‘We need to attract new people into the profession and to keep the health visitors we have. We will fund a national recruitment drive that will show the vital work health visitors do in supporting families and boosting public health.'

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