Newly qualified SCPHN - Health Visitor or School Nurse

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Nurse, Community nurse, School nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a positive, forward thinking SCPHN Student looking for your first health visitor or school nurse post to start in September?

If so, why not come and join us to be part of a 0-19 Service that leads on initiatives and award-winning schemes to support children, young people and their families to thrive.

You will have many development opportunities such as a thorough and comprehensive induction and excellent preceptorship programme, service wide 0-19 training and protected time for Clinical and Protection supervision plus an opportunity to complete the Differing Fields module. We can also offer you a variety of flexible and agile working options to suit your personal needs. Why wouldn't you want to join us to start the next exciting stage of your career and be a crucial part of driving forward improved outcomes to meet the needs of children and young people in Leeds? Your next career move #ItStartsHere.

Please note from Autumn 2023 the Leeds Community Healthcare Trust headquarters currently located in Stockdale House 8 Victoria Road, LS6 1PF will relocate to White Rose Office Park, Building 3, Leeds, LS11 0LT.

Main duties of the job

We will support you to consolidate the learning, skills and experience you have gained from your course to enable you to develop your career as a SPHN with confidence and resilience. You will be part of our team of dedicated practitioners who have helped us to achieve UNICEF Baby Friendly Gold accreditation and run our award winning ChatHealth anonymous texting service for 11-19 year olds. You will have an active role in promoting and improving health outcomes by identifying and prioritising intervention based on complexity of need.

You may also: facilitate PBB groups work within our Clinical Triage Team work within evidence based pathways and interventions e.g. young carers, young parents, infant mental health, emotional health and wellbeing, drugs and alcohol misuse develop skills in Early Attachment Observations build on work in identifying risk and vulnerability strive to safeguard infants, children and young people and work in collaboration with key stakeholders.

About us

Working for Leeds community Healthcare NHS Trust

Who are we?

Leeds Community Healthcare provides a range of community-based health services across the whole city. We treat people in their homes, local health centres and community hospitals, and work in partnership with other local Trusts, charities and Leeds City Council.

We have a strong culture based on deeply-held values, and our focus at all times is on delivering high quality care to the people of Leeds. In our most recent CQC evaluation, we were rated Good, with our Adult Services rated Outstanding for caring.

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust encourages and supports staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best lines of defence against Covid 19.

Perks of the job

Our benefits range from generous annual leave to access to NHS discount sites. Here are some of the most important ones:
  • 27-33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Highly regarded NHS Pension Scheme
  • A supportive, structured preceptorship programme for all registered new starters
  • Professional development opportunities including coaching, training and education support
  • Salary sacrifice or lease car schemes
  • Health and wellbeing including gym membership, occupational health service and priority access to mental health services

Job description

Job responsibilities

1. Clinical

1.1. Demonstrates a detailed theoretical and practical knowledge of common aetiologies, pathologies, conditions and presentations involving a critical understanding of theories and principles

1.2. Demonstrates innovative and specialist skills to select methods and tools to holistically assess, plan, implement and evaluate in a complex and specialised field of work.

1.3. Demonstrates highly developed physical skills where dexterity and accuracy are important e.g. syringe pumps and infusions, manual treatments

1.4. Makes consistent judgements requiring complex fact analysis, interpretation and comparison of options and ensures clinical reasoning is reflected accurately in case records

1.5. Engages and actively involves the individual and, if appropriate, their family/carer, in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of treatment and/or care by using person-centred techniques to promote a culture of involvement and empowerment

1.6. Works to standards of proficiency identified by their professional and regulatory bodies performing clinical treatments/procedures to a competent standard

1.7. Prioritises their own workload, and that of the wider team, within agreed objectives deciding when to refer to others as appropriate.

1.8. Provides and receives complex, sensitive or contentious information where motivational, persuasive, empathetic, negotiating and reassurance skills are required whilst demonstrating an understanding of barriers to communication

1.9. Approaches each individual with care, compassion and sensitivity ensuring that these values are reflected in all areas of practice including the management of any complaints and compliments.

1.10. To comply with the organisations Infection Prevention and Control requirements, including bare below the elbows dress code for staff with a direct care delivery role

2. Leadership

2.1. Ensures that a professional service and image is maintained at all time, thereby acting as a role model to all staff

2.2. Provides a leadership style which is underpinned by strongly held values around equality, diversity and openness effectively builds and maintains relationships with direct reportee(s), management teams and other key individuals across the organisation.

2.3. Manages team and resources on a day-to-day basis in an unpredictable environment that require solutions to complex problems where there are many interacting factors

2.4. Demonstrates the ability to delegate, organise and prioritise workload to ensure the safe delivery of the service including the management of referrals and discharges utilising locally agreed support mechanisms e.g. on call manager and making judgements in complex situations

2.5. Demonstrates clinical leadership, initiative and creativity in developing projects inspiring others to be positive in their contribution to continuous improvement

2.6. Demonstrates resilience when responding to challenge, change and complex or difficult situations

2.7. Clearly articulates the expected clinical standards of the service, monitors and identifies where standards are not met and takes action to address

2.8. Ensures that all objectives, for self and those directly responsible for, are clearly defined within the wider Directorate framework and in line with Trusts objectives, using the appraisal process as a vehicle for this.

2.9. Takes responsibility for their own and others health and safety in the working environment.

Person Specification



  • Experience in the clinical field or a closely related clinical area as part of a wider multidisciplinary team
  • Experience in supervising and delegating to other members of staff


  • Working in community or primary care based teams
  • Experience of managing staff

Attitude and Behaviour


  • Displays care, compassion, sensitivity and responsiveness to other peoples feelings and needs
  • Able to work as part of a team, co-operating to work together and in conjunction with others and willing to help and assist wherever possible and appropriate appreciating the value of diversity in the workplace
  • Able to develop, establish and maintain positive relationships with others both internal and external to the organisation and with patients and their carers
  • Able to work under pressure, dealing with peaks and troughs in workload managing unpredictable service demands
  • Positive and flexible attitude to dealing with change
  • Highly motivated and reliable



  • Professional degree or diploma in relevant field
  • Post Graduate qualification in specialist field
  • Appropriate statutory professional body registration
  • Must be willing to participate in any relevant training identified to develop skills required to carry out duties
  • Maintains a portfolio of CPD in line with regulatory body standards


  • Supporting Learning in Practice (SLIP) or equivalent
  • Leadership and management training ILM 3 or equivalent

Skills and Attributes


  • pecialist assessment, planning and evaluation skills
  • Complex analytical and creative problem solving skills in unpredictable situations
  • Workload management including delegation of tasks and day-to-day team leadership
  • Competent IT skills in order to collect and interpret data, present reports and compile simple presentations
  • Effective verbal, non-verbal and written communication skills including communicating complex or potentially distressing information to patients / carers and managing conflict when appropriate
  • Reflective practice skills able to give clear and effective feedback
  • Able to research, understand and evaluate evidence in order to contribute to practice development


  • Risk assessment skills

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.

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

Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust


Stockdale House, Headingley Office Park

Victoria Road


West Yorkshire


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