Analysis

Ambitious new curriculum redefines public health nursing standards

Institute of Health Visiting's recommended curriculum gives a ‘broad idea’ of what is expected of public health nurses

Institute of Health Visiting's recommended curriculum gives a ‘broad idea’ of what is expected of public health nurses

The idea of providing public health nursing to children and families can be traced back to the 1860s, when the first incarnation of the health visitor emerged.

Since then health visitors, and later on school nurses, have been trained to work proactively with new mothers, babies, children and their wider families.

Unsurprisingly the role has evolved over the years. Properly training and equipping nurses to fulfil these jobs is an essential and complicated task.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency for specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) set out what nurses must achieve to go on this section of the register.

Knowledge, skills and attributes set out

These have provided the basis on which many courses

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