Public Health

Public health services help us to stay healthy.

There are many roles in public health that promote a healthy lifestyle to service users. They tackle challenges such as frailty, obesity, health inequalities and mental health.

Find out more about some of the roles within public health below:

Health Visitor

A Health Visitor is a registered nurse or midwife who works in the community. They assess health needs and promote a healthy lifestyle to give the best possible start in life.

This role usually works with other healthcare professionals to support families to:

  • Give antenatal and postnatal advice and support

  • Help new parents to feed their new baby

  • Provide support for looking after young children

  • Support families with children with special needs or behavioural issues

  • Signpost to resources and information

Health Visitors may also work with deprived or at-risk groups such as addicts or the homeless. They collaborate with other organisations to ensure safeguarding is in place as necessary.

People in this role recognise signs of abuse or neglect and can assess what action should be taken.

Typical entry requirements:

  • You’ll need to be a registered nurse or midwife

  • Completion of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing – Health Visiting

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£32,306.

Public Health Manager

This role works across all public health services to improve and protect our health.

Duties could include planning to prepare for an emergency or wide-spread pandemic. They also manage long-term goals such as reducing obesity and promoting healthy living.

Typical entry requirements:

Requirements for roles vary, but may include:

  • A Master’s degree in public health

  • Prior experience of working within public health

  • Experience as a qualified, registered nurse

  • A qualification in management, social work, or another area

  • Registration with, e.g. the UK Public Health Register

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

From £6,171 to £56,185, dependent on location and relevant experience.

Occupational Health Nurse

Occupational Health Nurses help with people’s wellbeing within the workplac. They are in direct contact with employees to provide advice on a range of matters.

People in this role are usually registered nurses and employed as part of an occupational health service team.

Typical duties include: giving vaccinations, taking blood samples and monitoring ongoing health.

Typical entry requirements:

  • To apply for an occupational health nurse role, you’ll need to already be a registered nurse or midwife

  • You may wish to complete approved training to qualify as a specialist community public health nurse.

  • Experience of working within a relevant field such as A&E/practice nursing, counselling or management of legislation.

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£21,909 to £39,000, dependent on location and experience level.

Public Health Nurse

Public Health Nurses assess the health needs of their community. They often support with long-term health issues, prevent illnesses, and promote self-care. They also work on emergency planning and risk assessments, training, and mentoring.

Typical entry requirements:

  • You’ll need to already be a registered nurse or midwife

  • You may wish to complete training to qualify as a specialist community public health nurse.

  • Prior experience of working within public health – or additional qualifications

How Much Can I Expect To Earn?

£21,909 to £46,837, dependent on location and relevant experience.

What Qualities Do I Need to Work in Public Health?

Communication Skills

You must be confident in talking with different people to influence their  behaviours

Team Work Skills

Public Health workers work with people across organisations. You should be confident working in a team

Inquisitive Mindset

Being able to ask questions and find solutions to problems

Presenting Skills

Presenting ideas and facts in way that is understood.