This exciting yet sometimes daunting task is made easier by the expertise and commitment of the family’s Health Visitor.
Linda Gallery is a Student Health Visitor with Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust. She started her career as a Nursery Nurse, and after spending time with Health Visitors decided that was the career she wanted and researched ways into the profession. Linda enrolled to study paediatric nursing through a widening access programme provided by Lancashire Care, qualifying in 2012 as a Staff Nurse in the community for the Trust’s Children and Families Integrated Health Team. After gaining a year’s experience working in the community, Linda applied for her Specialist Community Public Health Nurse training with full support of her team and managers.
“I am now reaching the end of my training and couldn’t be happier to start my career as a Health Visitor. It has been a tough six years juggling studies and a full time job however my colleagues have been really supportive and this has encouraged me to keep on going. It was extremely rewarding passing assignments and exams getting me one step closer to my goal which made the whole process worthwhile.
“Deciding to undertake my studies to become a Health Visitor was one of the best decisions I have ever made. This is such a rewarding career and it is a true privilege to be able to provide advice and guidance to new parents and help them adjust to their new and exciting roles. I am now in the final stage of my training and can’t wait to get going as a fully qualified Health Visitor.”
Michelle Cox, Universal Services Manager for the Children and Families Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“We are extremely pleased with our Health Visiting team and the dedication and commitment they display throughout their role and we are excited to be welcoming the next generation of Health Visitors to our teams. We have people from all backgrounds, some, like Linda, who started out as nurses and others who have come straight from university after receiving their qualifications. The team provide a wealth of support and actively encourage continual professional development to allow people to realise their full potential. This in turn benefits the families we work with who receive excellent support and care from their Health Visitor.”
The award winning Children and Families Team at Lancashire Care are on the look out to recruit the next great Health Visitors. The service offers a wide range of benefits including flexible working, training and development programmes and mentorship.
If you are interested or would like more information, please visit www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/CFHS/PP-Careers or telephone Isobel Walton on 01282 648274. The team are currently accepting applications until 13 October 2014, and you can find out more at www.jobs.nhs.uk.