To become Health Visitor, you will need to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) as a first level Nurse or Midwife, prior to applying for an approved Health Visitor training programme. In Scotland, all courses leading to a health visiting qualification are delivered at Scottish Credit and Qualification Framework (SCQF) level 11, Master’s degree level.
The following Scottish universities offer postgraduate programmes in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – Health Visiting which are approved by the NMC:
To gain entry to any of these courses, you need to be a Registered Nurse or Midwife in parts 1 or 2 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) website. You should also be educated to degree level, although some universities will take previous academic credit, or prior learning into account.
For a full list of approved programmes, please visit the NMC website. Specific entry requirements for each programme vary, depending on the university, college or provider. You are advised to contact each individual provider to find out more.
Upon graduation, your university will update the NMC database, so you can record your qualification. Once your details have been approved, you will be sent a statement of entry to the register.
To apply for a role in NHSScotland as a qualified Health Visitor (Band 6), you must be an NMC Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse. Other qualifications asked for will vary depending on the requirements of the recruiting NHSScotland board. You are advised to contact each individual board to find out its specific requirements.
Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme
You will also need evidence of your good health and character, and background checks, such as the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme managed by Disclosure Scotland.