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Specialist Community Public Health Nurse 0-5 - Retention premium incl

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 a year (pro rata if applicable) plus HCAS
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

We have an exciting opportunity for you to join us as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse 0-5 (Health Visitor) in the Hertfordshire Family Centre Service based in the Watford and 3 Rivers area. Full time and part time hours considered.

You will be part of a welcoming, friendly and supportive integrated team delivering a locally driven needs led service, ensuring children and their families are at the heart of service delivery in the Watford and 3 Rivers area.

Recruitment & Retention premium of an additional monthly payment of 10% of basic salary.

In addition to the basic salary, this post attracts a High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of basic salary subject to a maximum payment of �1,915 per annum (pro rata where applicable).

Previous Applicants need not apply

Candidates will be interviewed on a rolling basis

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will:
  • Be part of a skill mixed team delivering the five mandated universal core contacts of the Healthy Child Programme and identifying families who need a targeted universal plus or universal partnership plus service offer, including safeguarding
  • Will work in partnership with the Family Support Service staff to identify local needs, ensuring children and their families can access the same level of support
  • Will have experience in using electronic records and be able to be a mobile worker.
  • Have a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use regularly for business purposes is essential (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

About us

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

Youll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff

We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities

Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision

We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds

We dont want you to miss out so wed like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now

Youve made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - were looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To lead and supervise the members of the Public Health nursing team in the delivery of the 0-5 Healthy Child Programme (HCP) and Public Health Nursing Programme in line with the Trust guidelines and public health priorities.
  • To work as part of an integrated 0-19 team and will be responsible for assessing, triaging, planning and implementing health care in accordance with Trust guidelines and Healthy Child Programme. This care may be delivered in a variety of settings and within a defined geographical area.
  • To work with Partners to identify population health needs and determine the level of need and support required. They will represent the team at local liaison meetings e.g. Family Matters meetings and feedback information as required. To have an operational overview of the team and undertake delegated responsibility for reporting performance and data recording to the Team Leader. Maintain accountability for the assessment, triaging, planning and delivery of care.
  • To allocate safeguarding and complex care cases that require targeted interventions from another team member, whilst retaining the case management responsibilities.

  • The post holder will work within the HCT clinical governance framework, which is embedded in the day-to-day practice. Every clinical member of staff must work within the framework.

Operational Delivery:
  • Establish clear and effective communication links with children/young people, parents/carers, education staff, and a range of other professionals from both voluntary and statutory organizations. Listen appropriately and take into account any sensitive issues and communicate these to appropriate persons/agencies ensuring that children are protected and that disclosures are acted upon appropriately.
  • Utilise a range of communication skills e.g. negotiation to gain commitment from others and formal presentations, etc.
  • To act appropriately upon feedback obtained in order to enable appropriate interventions to be implemented.
  • Utilise a range of communication methods with colleagues and managers to include electronic communication.
  • Assess, plan and implement interventions and programmes of care for 0-19 children and young people.
  • Participate in restorative supervision sessions within the designated locality.
  • Use their own professional judgement to identify solutions to a range of day-to-day problems, seeking advice where appropriate from the Team Leader in the first instance.
  • Identify the relevant health and social issues within the teams designated caseload.
  • Recognise indicators of child abuse and initiate Safeguarding measures in accordance with recognised policies, and procedures of the Trust, and relevant Local Safeguarding Children Board and attend meetings as appropriate.

  • Organise and undertake health surveillance and screening as determined by the HCP core programme of care, referring to appropriate services as necessary.
  • Undertake health promotion/education activities that are congruent with identified needs and local and government targets.
  • Demonstrate an evidence-based approach to practice to enable the development of a high standard of service provision.
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness in relation to client needs.Undertake home visits in accordance with the Trusts Health & Safety Policy, in relation to lone working.
  • Participate in the Health assessment of LAC, seeking advice and support from Designated Nurse for LAC as appropriate.
  • To identify the safeguarding needs of children and vulnerable adults and to ensure timely implementation of care as stipulated by legislation and local policy.
  • Provide individuals, families or communities with specialist advice in order for them to make informed choices about their health.
  • To assess, develop and implement with clients, personalised care plans using evidence based care.
  • Utilise health needs analyses to identify and plan programmes of interventions which will meet the health needs of individuals, families and communities.
  • Maintain professional records in accordance with both the Trust and NMC record keeping policies.

Strategic Management
  • Manage their time effectively to ensure prioritisation of workload in order to achieve agreed deadlines.
  • Plan, organise and oversee the workload for both themselves and those for whom they are responsible within the team.
  • Be responsive to fluctuations in workload and resources and take action as appropriate.
  • Manage unpredictable and/or volatile situations effectively.
  • Manage programmes of care to meet identified need.
  • Assist in the delivery of local implementation plans for the Hertfordshire Children and Young Peoples Plan, etc. In undertaking this role, work in collaboration with other Senior Managers, Service Leaders and Stakeholders.
  • Identify and appropriately report all incidents and near misses that may compromise the safety of staff and clients and address and manage such issues in conjunction with the Team Leader.
  • Undertake the role of Lead Professional where appropriate (as defined in the Every Child Matters documentation 2004).
  • Undertake mandatory training as required by HCT and be responsible for own professional development updating of current evidence-based practice using a variety of resources.
  • Undertake these activities autonomously adhering to Trust policies in a variety of settings.
  • Lead on the planning and organisation of public health sessions as appropriate
  • Act as a mentor to Specialist Community Public Health (SCPHN) students, preregistration students as appropriate and be involved in organising workload of student nurses and junior/new members of the team.
  • Where required to participate as a champion in an agreed specialist area by sharing knowledge, disseminating research and policy updates with teams.

Development and Improvement
  • Work in accordance with NMC Code of Professional Conduct.Ensure Trust policies, guidelines and Standards of Practice are adhered to in day to day practice.
  • Recognize ethical and legal issues which have implications for health care of children, young people and their families and take appropriate action.
  • Work within the framework of the local Safeguarding Children guidelines to promote the health and safety of all children in partnership with parents and other agencies.
  • Be involved in the development of evidence based practice and to ensure that practice is current and dynamic, responding to clinical evidence as it develops. Initiate and support innovative change within Childrens Services in line with current clinical and academic evidence, national standards and relevant reports.
  • Attend relevant Trust and team meetings. Have an understanding of the importance of national and local health initiatives and contribute towards achieving specified targets.

Management and Leadership
  • Support the training and placement of students and new staff to facilitate their understanding of the role of the team.
  • Provide mentoring and supervision for team members.
  • Be involved in day to day supervision and co-ordination of local 0-5 team.
  • Maintain up to date registration and revalidation with the NMC and HCT policy.
  • Provide evidence on an annual basis to this effect.
  • Actively participate in individual appraisal process and appraise others as appropriate.
  • Actively participate in regular restorative supervision and safeguarding children supervision.
  • Assist in the recruitment and selection of individuals for posts based on objective assessment and agreed selection criteria, in line with relevant policies and procedures.
  • Assist in reviewing the skill mix and establishment of the teams in response to changing needs of the service and client needs.

Communication and Relationship Building
  • Undertake appropriate surveys and audit to influence local and national policies ensuring researched based practice.
  • Ensure personal practice is evidence based and take responsibility for own professional development and identify training needs.
  • Gather research evidence required to ensure advances in nursing and high quality team performance.
  • Assist in the delivery of an agreed audit and development programme that links into the healthcare governance framework.

Resource Management
  • Be financially aware in order to manage the Trusts resources appropriately and effectively.
  • Use resources efficiently and effectively, ensuring equipment is used and maintained properly.
  • Be aware of, and have an understanding of the Strategic Direction and Business Plan of Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust.Monitor project delivery for the service, ensuring activities are undertaken according to the plan.
  • Assist the budget holder in the identification of financial efficiency schemes, and assist in the implementation of schemes where applicable.

Information Management
  • Accurately record all data and client contacts in accordance with Trust policies and procedures, in light of Caldicott principles and Clinical Governance, including information that may be required for Safeguarding Children, audit and research purposes.
  • Ensure all records are accurate, contemporaneous and updated regularly, according to local and national guidelines.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19

We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse or direct entry Midwifery qualification.
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting)
  • Supervisor, Mentorship and preceptorship/ENB 998 or other relevant recognised teaching/assessment qualification or willingness to undertake.
  • Nurse prescribing qualification( V100 or V150 )
  • IT literate and knowledge of Microsoft Office applications


  • Knowledge of SystmOne
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