Michelle Thomas is the course leader for the BSc / MSc Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (Health Visiting) courses at USW.
"I qualified as an adult nurse and then trained to be a health visitor because I enjoyed working with families and communities. Although my main role is now teaching, I continue to work closely with the profession and I am a member of the steering group that developed the Family Resilience Assessment Instrument and tool that is used by all health visitors in Wales as part of the Healthy Child Wales Programme.
"Qualified nurses from any field should do the Specialist Community Public Health nursing course if they have an interest in searching for and addressing health needs of the 0-5 population, their families and communities.
"Once qualified they will play an integral role in influencing policy affecting health and promoting the health of populations utilising evidence-based practice.
"The best features of our health visiting courses are the variety of teaching that takes place both in the University and practice setting, and the support on offer.
"Students receive strong support and guidance, both from the teaching team and the wider University support services such as Study Skills, and will experience a wide variety of innovative teaching methods and content.
Through our Hydra Simulation and Clinical Simulation Centres we can effectively replicate practice experiences in a safe and supported environment.
"We have excellent links with health board colleagues who provide practice teacher support for each student and contribute to course monitoring and development.
"What’s more, South Wales offers an excellent practice placement opportunities with a wide variety of populations receiving health visiting services across the health boards."