Health visitors needed to meet new birth rate

NHS organisations give advice on where to get treatment this winter

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MORE than 300 health visitors are being recruited across the area to cope with the rising birth rate.

NHS South Central is looking for more qualified nurses, midwives and student nurses for posts in Hampshire and the surrounding areas, to start in September.

It comes after 50,000 babies were born in the south central region last year.

Health visitors are needed to ensure a healthy start for children by giving advice and support to new mothers on issues such as immunisations and breastfeeding, and helping improve parents’ confidence and keeping children safe.

Jill Pellett, acting chief nurse for NHS South Central, said: ‘They play such an important role. Families get that vital extra bit of support they need in their children’s early years.

‘We know that strong prevention through excellent health visiting practice is the best way to safeguard children and families.’

To apply visit southcentral.nhs.uk/healthvisitor, by May 1.