- customer service skills
- the ability to work well with others
- the ability to use your initiative
- to be flexible and open to change
- sensitivity and understanding
- to enjoy working with other people
- the ability to come up with new ways of doing things
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- the ability to understand people’s reactions
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
As part of your day-to-day duties, you could:
- give advice to new parents on feeding babies, hygiene, safety and sleeping
- support parents with their children’s development needs
- coordinate child immunisation programmes
- organise special clinics or drop-in centres
- support children with special needs
- advise on how to reduce the risk of accident and injury
- work closely with social services and other organisations to safeguard and protect children
You could work at a client's home, at a health centre or at a GP practice.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding and you'll travel often.
With experience, you could progress to team manager, community matron or a management role in another department of the NHS.
You could also go into nurse education and training.
You'll find more details about how to become a health visitor from Health Careers.