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Health visitors and school nurses’ new curriculum reflects range and breadth of role

Rapid changes in the roles of health visitors and school nurses are recognised in a new curriculum that sets out the knowledge, skills and attributes they need

Rapid changes in the roles of health visitors and school nurses are recognised in a new curriculum that sets out the knowledge, skills and attributes they need

Health visitors and school nurses fulfil a unique role in the NHS, illustrated by the fact that they have their own place on the nursing register. The specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN) category requires nurses to undergo extra training to achieve the standards of practice set out by the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

But the demands of the role are changing rapidly. In response, six leading health organisations have set out a recommended curriculum for SCPHN training.

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