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Development Community Staff Nurse for Health Visiting

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year per annum
Closing date
1 Jun 2023
Job summary

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the community as a Health Visitor, working with children and families to improve their health and well-being and keen to develop the required skills and knowledge to support you in gaining access to the Specialist Practitioner training programme?

If so, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust has an exciting opportunity for you to develop public health skills and knowledge, as a Development Community Staff Nurse for Health Visiting (two year fixed-term, full and part time hours (0.8WTE - 1.0WTE) available).

You will work within one of the locality health visiting teams across West Berkshire and Reading but will need to be flexible around working from different sites as they support children aged 0-5, their families and Health Visiting colleagues. They will support the implementation of the Healthy Child Programme underpinned by the Solihull Approach model of working.

The competency-based framework and learning opportunities will support your access to the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme (SCPHN/HV). This post will also be supported by the locality managers, colleagues, a named supervisor and Community Practice Teacher (CPT) as well as the Professional Development Lead to ensure that all learning outcomes and competencies are completed prior to commencement onto the SCPHN course. The Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Programme is offered by BHFT at either Oxford Brookes or Bucks New University.

Main duties of the job

  • To provide support to families within a variety of community settings under the direction of the Health Visitor, taking into account the diverse social, health and wellbeing needs of the community.
  • To plan and deliver health enhancing activities for children and their families to include working in groups, child health clinics, developmental review clinics, and on an individual basis.
  • To provide support to families using the Solihull approach model in behaviour management, parenting skills and delivering programmes of care to vulnerable families as identified by the health visitor.
  • To support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships applying the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards.
  • To liaise with other agencies and services to provide integrated and cohesive support for children and their families, under the direction of the health visitor.
  • Work with the HV team to achieve the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) especially focussing on the antenatal and the 6-8 week postnatal contacts

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust isa specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

The trust employs almost 5,000 people over more than 100 sites and community settings across Windsor & Maidenhead, Slough, Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

As an inclusive employer, we value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall 100 Top Employer. Whatever your background or individual needs, at Berkshire Healthcare you'll be supported by friendly and professional managers to succeed.

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:
  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell leave
  • Generous NHS pension scheme 20.68% employer contribution
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • Advanced IT enablement
  • Cycle to Work and car leasing scheme
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants via the Blue Light Card
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities and more to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity and adoption leave and access to our three staff nurseries

The must haves for this role:
  • You must be a Registered Nurse active on the NMC register
  • Committed to professional development
  • Ability to carry / manoeuvre light to moderate loads
  • You will hold a valid UK drivers license with access to a vehicl

  • If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

    We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Fiona Howell on 07768 987992 or wholl be delighted to help.

    We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

    Interview Date will be 23rd March 2023

    Person Specification

    Education /Qualifications/ Training


    • Registered Nurse


    • Educated to degree level
    • Mentoring qualification or equivalent.

    Knowledge and Expertise


    • Demonstrates an understanding of the Health Visiting service
    • Competent to use a range of IT systems and databases
    • Demonstrates an interest in public health and health education
    • Documented evidence of ongoing professional development.
    • Willingness to undertake further training and development



    • Paediatric experience
    • Community Nursing experience
    • Child Protection knowledge
    • Leadership qualities
    • Evidence of proactive and innovative/reflective practitioner

    Analytical and judgmental skills


    • Broad knowledge of the audit process
    • Ability to research/present relevant topics

    Personal skills


    • Evidence of effective team working
    • Willingness to teach students and colleagues
    • Ability to work without direct supervision
    • Ability to work flexibly in order to respond to service needs
    • Excellent time management and organisational skills
    • Ability to form strong professional working relationships
    • Car Driver who holds full driving licence with access to a vehicle.
    • Ability and willingness to travel across the BHFT footprint of HV services.
    • The post requires a degree of agility and the ability to carry/manoeuvre light to moderate loads

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