SCPHN Student Health Visitor

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year OPS4852
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Band 5
Full Time
Have you ever thought about a career as a Health Visitor, working with children, young people and their families to improve health and wellbeing outcomes? Our experience of providing services to families during a global pandemic has further highlighted how essential these roles are to supporting children, young people and families around a range of issues including growth and development, emotional wellbeing, safeguarding and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

We are looking to recruit highly motivated individuals keen to develop their skills within Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (Health Visitor). There are opportunities across the three localities of Shropshire (North, South & Central). If you are passionate about the public health agenda, can adopt a think family approach to your interventions and have a desire to improve health outcomes for children and young people, this may be the career choice for you.

You will need to be a current NMC registrant (or about to qualify) in any branch of nursing or midwifery and meet the academic requirements of the university.
  • 37.5 Hours per week

Main duties of the job

You will undertake the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Course (Health Visitor) commencing in September 2023 (date to be confirmed) and upon completion, you will be encouraged to apply for a post within our Shropshire Community Health 0-19 team where such posts exist. You will undertake the course at Wolverhampton University, September 2023 intake and currently they are offered as a blended approach.

The course is full time over 52 weeks with 50% of your time being academic study and the other 50% will be practice experience within a Public Health Nursing Service 0-19 Shropshire locality teams. Some annual leave is set by the Universities and will be non-negotiable, there may be two weeks within the summer semester where there will be some flexibility regarding annual leave, however this will be in negotiation with your placement lead. Students are employed on a fixed term contract for the duration of the course. These roles are subject to funding from Health Education England.

Within your detailed personal statement we would like you to inform us how you would use your skills, knowledge and experience in this exciting role.

About us

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust provides community-based health services for adults and children in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and some services in surrounding areas too. These range from district nursing, health visiting and running four community hospitals through to providing very specialist community care through talented and dedicated staff.

Patients, carers and the public play a vital role in helping us to develop and improve our services and we are constantly looking for ways to work with local communities, patients and the public to innovate and improve. Have a look at the Have Your Say section of our website to find out how you can feed back your experiences and help us to continually improve.

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust is an exciting place to work. It offers a wide range of employment opportunities for many people.

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust positively encourages applications from all areas of the community, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religious beliefs. We are committed to ensuring people who work for the community trust have a good working life - and a good work life/home life balance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To manage a delegated workload whilst acknowledging professional limitations in knowledge and competence.

Give support and advice on a whole range of issues that supports the health of child/ young person eg. immunisation, nutrition, life style issues, emotional and behavioural issues. Promoting local and national public health messages.

To formulate, implement and evaluate agreed contracts of care of children with individual health needs and feedback appropriately to the Health Visitor mentor or caseload holder.

To undertake health assessments and screening and any necessary follow up action.

To undertake health education work incorporating working towards child health improvement priorities and targets.

Person Specification



  • Current Registration with the NMC as a Level 1 Registered
  • Nurse or Registered Midwife.
  • First degree in Nursing.
  • Portfolio evidence of continual professional & academic Development
  • Maths and English Level 2.



  • A wide range of community based, children related or transferable experience
  • Up to date, post registration experience

Knowledge and Skills


  • IT skills and computer literacy
  • Organisational skills
  • Evidence of continuing post basic training.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of current Government and Local initiatives and how these translate into practice.
  • Understanding of Health Visiting and Public Health role.
  • Evidence of research-based practice.
  • Evidence of health promotion activities
  • Knowledge of Child Protection legislation

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

Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust


Coral House

11 Longbow Close




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