England

Health worker recruitment drive to meet new birth rate

Over 300 health visitors are being recruited to cope with the 50,000 new births across parts of southern England.

NHS South Central is seeking nurses, midwives and student nurses for posts in Hampshire, Buckinghamshire and Slough in Berkshire from September.

Trainee health visitors will receive a fully funded degree and salary.

The recruitment drive is part of national plans for 4,200 health visitors for England by April 2015.

Buckinghamshire and the Solent area are among 20 new Early Implementer Sites, which the strategic health authority says will "lead the way" in building a new modern health visiting service and profession.

Jill Pellett, acting chief nurse for the NHS South Central region, said: "We are expanding and strengthening the health visiting profession to meet the rising birth rate.

"We need to make sure that all babies grow into healthy and safe children and have the same opportunities to thrive later in life."

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