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Health Visitor (Specialist Community Public Health Nurse)

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex
£35,392 to £42,618 a year £35,392 - £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
16 Feb 2024

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Band 6

Job summary

We're looking for enthusiastic, innovative and motivated Specialist Community Public Health Nurses - Health Visitors to join our 0-19 Healthy Child Programme teams based in Brighton and Hove.

The 0-19 Healthy Child Programme team offers a proactive approach to delivering the Healthy Child Programme and works in partnership with School Nurses, staff at Local Authority Children's Centres and multi-agency teams to deliver the best outcomes for families.

Job summary
  • The post holder will work within a skill mixed team to promote the health and wellbeing of children and their families. The post holder will provide specialist practitioner knowledge and advice; assessing care needs, developing, implementing and evaluating programmes of care and public health developments in the community, liaising with other agencies as required
  • Practitioners at this level assume responsibility for planned teaching/supervision of junior staff and students, and will ensure the mentorship and supervision of students both pre and post registration.
  • Health visitors may be required to work anywhere in the Sussex Community Foundation NHS Trust area in order to meet the needs of the service.
  • In order to ensure all staff have a fair exposure to the affluent and more deprived areas across within the organisation, Health Visitors may be expected to move to a contrasting caseload periodically as identified through the PDR process and in discussion with the post holder.

  • Main duties of the job

  • a) To participate in regular team meetings with all grades of staff to ensure that all staff are kept informed of clinical and locality issues to facilitate the management of change, ensuring service continuity
  • b) To arrange the induction and orientation of new staff and instruct all staff in new procedures and policy changes
  • c) To support and supervise skill mix staff to enable effective delivery of the service.
  • d) To contribute to training, education, PDR and orientation programmes for staff, students, and others as required
  • e) Describe any staff development activities the post holder either develops or delivers. Include training courses, organisational development work, practice development or facilitation.
  • f) Undertake practice supervisor and practice assessor roles with both pre-registration and specialist practice students.
  • g) To demonstrate responsible use of resources, with an awareness of budgetary restraints.

  • About us

    We offer opportunities for personal and professional development and provide regular clinical and child protection supervision.

    We have a number of vacancies available, so full and part time hours will be considered.

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

  • a) Work with the team to plan and deliver a commissioned health visiting service.
  • b) Identifies health needs by undertaking an assessment in partnership with clients, in order to deliver an individual programme of care; delegating support as appropriate.
  • c) Maintains the safety and protection of children by following the Pan-Sussex Child Protection procedures, develops services which promote the safety and well-being of children and participates in meetings discussions and case conferences as appropriate.
  • d) Work in partnership with other agencies and disciplines to offer optimum support to children and families.
  • Keep accurate, legible, contemporaneous records and written reports as required.
  • Represent the clinical area at relevant forums and meetings.
  • Use IT and performance management systems to improve the quality and coordination of services and meet contractual requirements.
  • Adhere to the, and Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust safeguarding procedures, attending case conferences, other meetings and partnership working as required.
  • Provides support, as appropriate, for the recruitment and selection of team members including managing the induction and orientation for new staff.
  • Participates in analysis of the caseload to ensure an efficient and effective service and contributes to audit programmes as required.
  • Records relevant clinical/staffing issues/incidents and where necessary reports to the Team Manager/lead in order to manage risk and maintain service delivery.
  • Acts as a clinical expert and health information resource, participating in training, education and orientation programmes for staff, students and others as required.
  • Incorporates relevant research findings into practice and participates in approved research programmes.
  • Provides, supervises and supports the delivery of an effective programme of childhood developmental surveillance and health promotion activities both within the organisation and with community partners.
  • Participate in mandatory and other training as agreed in the PDR process and as required by the Trust.
  • Attend training for supervision and to participate in supervision on a regular basis as directed by the service.
  • Drive to clients homes, between bases and to meetings / training, carrying equipment to client homes and to healthy child clinic sites.

  • Person Specification


    • NMC registered SCPHN (HV)
    • Registered Nurse/Midwife Qualification

    • Mentorship qualification level 6/7
    • Practice Teacher
    • Level 3 Child Protection module


    • Mentor qualified


    • Clinical competences appropriate to role
    • Excellent written skills
    • Able to assess, develop, implement and programmes of care


    • Experience of working within a team environment
    • Knowledge of clinical governance, clinical audit, clinical supervision and professional codes of conduct (NMC)

    • Active participation in safeguarding children
    • Management of team/staff members

    Disclosure and Barring Service Check

    This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

    Certificate of Sponsorship

    Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

    From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

    UK Registration

    Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


    Within Brighton and Hove

    East Sussex

    BN2 4SE

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    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) offers diverse employment opportunities across Sussex.

    We employ over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff, and our expert teams deliver a wide range of medical, nursing and therapeutic care to over 10,000 people a day, serving a total population of 1.3 million.

    Why join our #CommunityThatCares at SCFT?

    • Flexible working patterns offered across our services
    • Ongoing training and development tailored to your needs
    • Excellent research opportunities
    • BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks 
    • Level 3 Disability Confident Leader
    • Free health and wellbeing checks for all staff
    • Workplace nurseries rated Good and Outstanding by Ofsted

    SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust’s workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

    Contact our friendly Recruitment team on 01273 242227 or

    Check out our latest video, showing what it’s like to be an Allied Health Professional with us.....

    Company info
    01273 696011
    Glynde Building
    Brighton General Hospital
    Elm Grove
    East Sussex
    BN2 3EW

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