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Why do Health Visitors need CPD?

CPD Guide for Health Visitors

A health visitor is a qualified nurse or midwife who provides support, advice and assistance to families with babies and young children; particularly in areas such as child development, nutrition and parenting. They also play a role in promoting good health and preventing illness in young children. As a minimum, health visitors visit families with children under the age of five at least five times during that period.

However, the frequency of visits can increase depending on the needs of the family and child. If there are support needs or concerns for a baby or child, the health visitor will arrange to visit the family more frequently and signpost to additional support services. The early stages of a child’s life are a crucial foundation for child development to enable them to have positive outcomes throughout their growth. This makes the role of a health visitor crucial in enabling successful outcomes for children.

CPD courses most suited to Health Visitors

Health Visitors us

I really enjoyed this course. There was a lot of reading to get through. I feel I gained a lot of knowledge. I would definitely recommend this course.

Lisa Warren
Safeguarding Children Level 2

The course had the vital information that one needs to administer medicine, the units covered a wide range of information, there is support from a tutor available online for general information e.g where to find stuff within the course website, the course gives more than one chance to go through the quiz, one can do it over again. Generally, it’s very good, I highly recommend it.

Nereah Adala
Administering Medication

I found this a really well put together course. Each section was broken up into bite sized pieces which made it easy to dip in and dip out of. The content was really relevant to the work that I do and it will help provide a good foundation for me moving forwards. Thank you!

Stephan Tait
Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults Level 2

What CPD courses do Health Visitors need?

Health visitors are required to follow several pieces of legislation and guidance, including the Health Visitor Implementation Plan, the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Children Act 1989 and 2004, and the NICE guidelines on various aspects of child health and wellbeing. These regulations and guidelines provide a framework for the delivery of safe and effective health visiting services.

Health visitors are required to complete CPD training to meet all of the legislative requirements and regulations. This can be done by completing some of our CPD courses.

The courses we provide that are well suited to a health visitor and that can contribute to your CPD include:

  • Paediatric First Aid Training – this course is perfect for anybody working with children. It will provide an introduction to first aid as well as how to administer CPR to children and babies and put them in the recovery position. Further on into the course you will learn about the common types of illnesses that babies and children have and how to spot the signs and symptoms of each one.
  • Autism Awareness – this course provides you with a better understanding of autism including how to spot the signs and symptoms of autism. It will explore the autistic spectrum and the different types of autism, as well as potential causes of autism and a myth-busting section of misconceptions that are often held about the condition.
  • Children’s Mental Health – this course gives insight into different types of mental health difficulties common in children and how to help them. It will explore the mental health spectrum, child development, and risk factors that can influence the onset of mental health difficulties in children.
  • ADHD Awareness – this course will look at the factors that can cause a child to have ADHD (such as environmental and genetic factors), and the support required for the child and family following a diagnosis. ADHD diagnosis will also be included, exploring signs and symptoms, and the formal criteria that must be met for a diagnosis.
  • Child Neglect Awareness this course will look at spotting child neglect, statistics around child neglect, and the long-term effects of neglect on the child (such as how it affects child development stages).
  • Child Development – this course provides insight into each stage of child development, from conception to 12 years. It will teach the key developmental milestones, good and poor levels of development, and the consequences of this.
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A guide to CPD for Health Visitors

According to a report by the Office for National Statistics in 2018, around 13% of children aged 0-4 in the UK had a special educational need or disability, and approximately 1 in 8 children in England experienced a negative early years’ experience. In these instances, the role of a health visitor is paramount in ensuring the child is safeguarded and receives a proper standard of parenting. Due to the role of a health visitor being so important to young children, the profession is regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

The NMC are responsible for setting the standards for education, training, conduct and performance for health visitors. They require health visitors to be registered with them in order to practise in the UK, and part of this includes meeting their specific standards for health visitors and code of professional conduct (which includes patient safety, maintaining confidentiality, and practising with honesty and integrity). Continuing professional development is essential for health visitors to meet these requirements.

CPD certificates

CPD certificates are important for health visitors because they demonstrate that the health visitor is committed to developing and maintaining their professional knowledge and skills. This is important for ensuring that they can provide the best possible care and advice to their families and meet professional registration and regulatory requirements. Additionally, CPD certificates can help health visitors to advance in their careers and stay up to date with the latest legislative developments.

Completing CPD training is a requirement in the field of health visiting. CPD Online College have ample courses and reading materials to help you to complete your CPD training and gain knowledge of the latest developments. Our online courses will lead to you obtaining a CPD certificate to show that you have successfully completed your chosen course, which is a great contribution to your CPD requirements.

All CPD Online Courses include a quiz at the end of the course. This is so that we can do a knowledge check to ensure that you have understood the course material; it helps your knowledge to sink in ready for you to take into your practice. Upon successful completion of the course quiz, you will be able to access your CPD certificate. It is available for you to download and save, or you can print your own hard copy. If you don’t have access to a printer, you can even have CPD Online College post a hard copy of your certificate to you.

Logging CPD hours

There are a number of activities that you can do to showcase to the NMC that you have been completing CPD training. This includes completing courses, attending conferences, webinars and training, and subject reading. As well as our online courses, we have a knowledge base full of articles that you can use as research towards your CPD training. You can log the hours that you spend on a training activity to show how much time you have spent on CPD training. For example, every time you work on your online course you can log the hours that you spend on it. There is often a target number of hours that you must complete to meet your CPD requirements, so logging your hours is a great way to stay on track.

Keeping evidence

Tracking your CPD hours and keeping your CPD certificates is part of storing evidence to prove you have completed your CPD training. However, there are other pieces of evidence that can be used as part of your CPD portfolio. This includes saving attendance sheets from webinars and conferences, documenting any reading, research and podcasts that you engage with, and noting any time spent with a tutor. Any learning that you engage with relating to your field can form part of your CPD portfolio, so it is important to evidence all the activities that you take part in. A variety of CPD activities can make a well-rounded portfolio of learning.

Renewing CPD certificates

The process of renewing your CPD certificates may vary depending on the employer that you work for. However, we find that most industries and employers require CPD certificates to be renewed at least every two years. Generally, you can renew your CPD certificates by completing the required number of CPD hours, documenting your learning activities, and completing refresher courses or higher-level courses on your required topics before the expiry date. It’s important to keep track of your CPD requirements and deadlines to ensure you maintain your professional certification.

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