Community specialist public health nursesUNISON represents the whole health care team and an important part of the team are the community nurses.
The role of community specialist public health nurse is vital in promoting public health. Their roles are varied and include Health Visitors and School Nurses. They form part of the multidisciplinary team and work closely with both voluntary and statutory agencies within a community setting.
They have responsibilities for the health and wellbeing of children, young people families and communities and search for health determinants within specific geographical areas.
Some specialise in certain areas of the community and develop a higher level of knowledge and understanding for example working with hard to reach groups and communities who maybe live on the margins of society.
UNISON has been at the forefront of negotiations with the Department of Health and the new developments for the Health Visiting Profession; the government is currently increasing the numbers of Health Visitors and School Nurses by 2014, which has lead to an increase in the numbers of places available for Health visitor and School nurse training.
The training is at a post graduate level and sponsorship for this is via community provider services.
Practitioners qualified in this area are entered onto part three of the Nursing and Midwifery Council register
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