Press Release

19 April 2011

Canterbury Christ Church University is responding to a recent Government pledge to boost the number of health visitors and school nurses by increasing the number of places available on their course in Specialist Community Public Health Nursing.

The Postgraduate Diploma and Graduate Diploma BSc (Hons) is aimed at nurses and midwives who wish to develop their skills and gain a formal qualification to enable them to work in the community as a health visitor or school nurse, as well as encouraging former health visitors back into practice.

Jane Greaves, Senior Lecturer in the University’s Department of Nursing and Applied Clinical Studies, said: “The Government recently announced a commitment to increase the health visitor workforce by 4,200 by 2015, and in doing so has recognised the valuable work that health visitors offer families and communities. Boosting the number of specialists in this area is key to delivering the Government’s new vision for the profession.

“Health visitors and school nurses lead on the Healthy Child Programme and work within a team to promote health and well being, through early intervention, to families and communities. Through their work they are able to identify those in need of greater support and who may be vulnerable for health, medical and or social reasons.”

The programme will help to advance knowledge and understanding of current issues in public health and safeguarding children and vulnerable young people; lead to an expertise in child growth and development; introduce the study of pharmacology and prescribing for community practitioners as well as develop leadership skills to create effective team working.

Upon successful completion of the programme, graduates will be able to go and specialise in working with vulnerable women and their families, young parents, or continue to develop management skills and become a public health nurse leader within the NHS.

The University is holding an Open Day on Saturday, May 7, 2011, between 10am and 12pm at Hall Place Enterprise Centre, Harbledown, Canterbury CT2 9AG for anyone interested in training to become a health visitor or school nurse.

For more information on the programme call Jane Greaves on 01227 782343, or email, or .

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Notes to Editor


Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 18,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received top grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • Over 90 per cent of our graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating.
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college.


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