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Families in Wigan and Leigh need you! Careers fair promotes future jobs in health visiting
Tuesday 16th October, 2012

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust (Bridgewater) is hosting a health visiting careers fair on Thursday 25 October at Golborne Parkside Sports & Community Club from 9am to 1pm.

With the Government’s commitment last year to create 4,200 new jobs nationally in the sector by 2015, the event aims to encourage more people into the health visiting profession. Approximately 50 of these jobs will be based with Bridgewater which covers the areas of Ashton, Leigh, Wigan, St Helens, Halton, Warrington and Trafford.

The event is open to anyone interested in working as a health visitor in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan including student or practising nurses, nursery nurses, school and college leavers, former or newly qualified health visitors as well as people thinking about a change of career.

Michelle Lee, Divisional Director (Ashton, Leigh and Wigan) for Bridgewater said:

“Health visiting can offer a diverse, challenging and satisfying career as well as being flexible and family friendly. We urge anyone in the area who is interested in finding out more about becoming a health visitor and what the job involves to come to this free event.

“Wigan Borough is an ideal place for innovative and motivated health visitors to work. Earlier this year Bridgewater was selected by the Department of Health as an early implementer site which gives us access to a dedicated programme of development and support for our health visiting services and it enables us to share best practice at both a regional and local level.”

One of the highlights of the event will be the keynote speech by Kath Higgins, the Department of Health Programme Lead for the early implementer sites. Additional speakers at the event will discuss the training and entry requirements involved to become a health visitor and what placement opportunities students can expect.

There will be also be a variety of stalls where people attending can find out more about the work Bridgewater does to improve health and wellbeing in the community. They can speak on a one-to-one basis with health visitors and the parents they work with as well as discuss their career development options with the recruitment team and representatives from local universities.

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