This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

More health visitors needed to meet government pledge

Written by: | Published:

Over 1800 health visitors need to be recruited within 12 months if the government is to achieve its five-year pledge to boost numbers, according to research published by the HSCIC.

The coalition promised to increase the number of health visitors by 4200 when they came to power in 2010. So far, 2332 new health visitors have been hired, meaning that the government will need to employ an additional 1886 to meet the target. Statistics show that there 1566 students enrolled on health visitor courses beginning in 2013.

Gavin Fergie, professional officer in Unite's health sector, said: 'The numbers are perhaps not being met as a result of the other issues that have affected practitioners such as the cut to NHS pay, the increase in pension contribution, the cuts to aligned services. Our own findings have highlighted that due to these changes, experienced health visitors have left the service earlier than they might have done and this has accelerated the demographic reality of the older practitioner that is the health visiting workforce.'

The largest increase in health visitors was in the south of England, where numbers rose from 1839 in May 2010 to 2452 in April 2014, a 33.3 per cent increase. London had the smallest increase, with a rise of 17.1 per cent from 1151 health visitors in May 2010, to 1336 in April 2014.

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.



Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code

Most read articles from Practice Nursing Journal

Practice Nursing Journal latest issue and most read articles.

Click here to read a selection of free to access articles from Practice Nursing Journal


Sign up to the newsletter


Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.


Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.


Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team


Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.