Training and development (public health nurse)

Find out more about how public health nurses develop their roles further.

Public health nurses are qualified nurses or midwives and, as part of the professional registration requirements, must demonstrate that they have participated in continuous professional development (CPD). A broad range of training and development is usually provided once they are appointed to a public health nurse role. 

Maintaining skills and competence and keepng up to date is essential. For example, some public health nurses decide to go into service management or clinical academic research, or become a community matron and lead a team of health visitors and other nurses.

Revalidation

You’ll need to be committed to learning, and always keep your skills and knowledge up to date. To maintain your registration to practise with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, you’ll need to go through the process of revalidation.

The process is straightforward and will help you as a nurse or midwife to demonstrate that you practise safely and effectively. You will have to revalidate every three years to renew your registration.

Find out more about revalidation on the NMC microsite

SCPHN

Nurses and midwives who are registered with the NMC and are working in a public health role can apply to undertake an NMC-approved training programme in specialist community public health nursing (SCPHN). This is particularly important for those whose decisions can affect whole population groups (and, in the case of health visitors, for example, the qualification is in practice essential for employment). Nurses who have completed the SCPHN programme and who work in general public health nursing roles are entered on the SCPHN part of the NMC register without a field of practice shown, whereas other nurses, for example those working as health visitors, school nurses, or occupational health nurses, have their area of practice indicated (SCPHN-HV, -SN, -OHN).

Leadership roles 

The NHS Leadership Academy runs a number of programmes to support nurses into leadership roles, including the Mary Seacole programme. The academy also offers a programme purely for frontline nurses and midwives to help develop their skills and build confidence.

Education and training roles

Nurses can also be: 

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