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Community Public Health Nurse (0-19 Development role)

Livewell Southwest CIC
£27,055 to £32,934 a year pa, pro-rata
Closing date
29 May 2023

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Band 5
Job summary

Part time hours are available before commencing the SCPHN course in January 2024. Full time hours are required for the Year whilst a student SCPHN.

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

If so, Livewell Southwest has an exciting opportunity for you to develop public health nursing skills and knowledge, as a development community staff nurse for Health Visiting or School Nursing.

The successful candidates will work within the locality PHN teams across Plymouth. the competency-based framework and learning opportunities will support your access to the Specialist Public Health Nursing Programme (SCPHN/SN or HV). This post will also be supported by the Team managers, colleagues, a named supervisor and practice assessor as well, to ensure that all learning outcomes and competencies are completed prior to commencement onto the SCPHN course.

The Specialist public health nursing programme is offered by Livewell Southwest at UWE.

Main duties of the job

You will be working as part of an integrated skill mix team, supporting the implementation of the Healthy Child Programme under the direction of Health Visitors or School Nurses. in delivering the service requirements, you will be working in a variety of community settings, across one of the five localities, including homes of families. We ask that you have excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to work in partnership with other teams and agencies, along with great communication skills and a passion for working with children young people and families.

As we grow and innovate, we maintain a team-focused approach that includes the benefits of a robust induction and preceptorship programmes, outstanding safeguarding, clinical and management supervision and an excellent range of internal and external training opportunities to support on-going professional development.

The teams current operating hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Some of the benefits of joining our team:

you will be provided with a work mobile and a work laptop to ensure connectivity where you work

flexible working opportunities and a strong emphasis on work- life balance.

excellent learning and development opportunities

salary sacrifice scheme for a new car.

About us

Livewell Southwest is an independent, award-winning social enterprise providing integrated health & social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams & West Devon, as well as some specialist services for people living in parts of Devon & Cornwall. With teams in community hospitals, GP practices, sports centres, health & wellbeing hubs.

As an organisation with a strong social conscience, we always value being kind, respectful, inclusive, ambitious, responsible and collaborative. Transforming services to make them sustainable, ensuring that we value, support & empower each other.

We are committed to involving the people we care for, families & carers in everything that we do, working towards co-production where we can. Helping us to deliver the right care for people, in the right place & at the right time. By putting people at the centre of what we do, we ensure to support people to lead, healthy independent lives & be the very best at helping people to live well.

Valuing our employees making an investment in their development a priority. We offer:

Protected CPD time for registered staff

Various development pathways and ongoing regular training packages for all staff

Leadership & mentoring programmes

Access & funding for training including Care Certificate, Assistant Practitioners Course & Scholarship Into Nurse Training

A Robust Preceptorship

A bespoke induction programme

Existing members of the NHS Pension Scheme can continue their membership when they join the organisation.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Dimensions and Context of Role

To work as a member of the Public health nursing team providing a service to children and their families as delegated by the health visitor/School nurse. To participate in the implementation of The Healthy Child Programme under the direction of the health visitor/ School Nurse.

The post holder will be expected to work in various community settings including the homes of families. As a Development community public health Nurse, there is an understanding that the employee has been selected to be fast tracked onto the Specialist Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) course. Each Development Community public Health Nurse will be expected to complete and work within the designated competency framework as provided by LSW and in addition, complete a mutually agreed learning contract. The Development community public health Nurse will be supported by a mentor and Practice Assessor to ensure that all learning outcomes and competencies are completed prior to commencement onto the SCPHN course.

NMC Code of Professional Conduct

Each registered Nurse, Midwife and Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) shall always act, in such a manner as to justify public trust and confidence, to uphold and enhance the good standing and reputation of the profession, to service the interests of society and above all to safeguard the interests of individual patients and clients.

Each registered Nurse, midwife and SCPHN is accountable for his or her practice, and in the exercise of professional accountability shall act in accordance with the guidance laid down in the code.

Periodic Registration

Each registered nurse must ensure their NMC registration is up to date and the post holder is therefore authorised to practice.

Key Tasks and Responsibilities of the Post:

After a period of induction and upon completion of the Development Staff Nurse competency framework the post holder will be expected: -

Work with the PHN team to achieve the Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

To provide support to families within a variety of community settings under the direction of the HV/SN, considering 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 be fully aware and understand of local safeguarding policies and procedures.

To work in partnership with Children Centres and Early Years settings to promote the health and well-being of the local population

To fulfil other professional responsibilities within the team or as a representative of the team, under the direction of the health visitor.

To act as a supervisor / assessor for pre-registration nursing students and new staff and to support students in placement by providing a suitable learning environment and experience.

To participate in clinical and child protection supervision.

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.

To provide care that is evidence based and support others in their developing their practice.

To contribute to the development of planned teaching programmes and participate in the training for students and new staff.

To work within the boundaries of the staff nurse competency framework.

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.

To adhere to the NMC Code of Professional Practice and exercise professional accountability at all times.

To maintain accurate, contemporaneous and comprehensive records of care, following the standard operational procedures for the service.

To participate in research, audit and data collection as required.

To review and critically evaluate own professional practice and demonstrate commitment to ongoing professional and practice development; including annual review.

To work alongside mentors and Community Practice Teachers to ensure that opportunities to gain additional experiences into the role of the Health Visitor are gained

To complete reflective writing in line with requirements set by mentors, Community Practice Teachers or Professional Development Lead to assist with preparation for the SCPHN course.

Key Working relationships:

To work with individuals, families, schools and the community.

To work in multi-agency partnerships, for example, Social care and other agencies.

The wider SCPHN 0-19 team and LIVEWELL SOUTHWEST, e.g. Public Health, Children and Families, Performance Management.

The Primary Health Care Team.

United Hospitals Plymouth departments, e.g. Paediatric Department; Neonatal Outreach, Emergency Department, Safeguarding Childrens Office.

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


Education departments, e.g. Plymouth University/UWE and Professional Training & Development Department

Schools, Nurseries and Children Centres.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (current registration required). 120 points at level 2 or equivalent.
  • Degree level qualification.
  • Evidence of completion of research module.
  • Evidence of knowledge of public health nursing
  • Evidence of continuing professional development



  • Knowledge of national and local policy in Childrens Service and Public Health.
  • Ability to apply theory to practice.
  • Knowledge and application of clinical governance.
  • Delivery of evidence based practice.
  • Reflective practitioner.


  • Child Protection awareness



  • Good presentation and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to manage academic and practice demands
  • Commitment to continuous professional development and recent academic study
  • Able to communicate by written, oral and electronic means applying those skills to new settings.
  • Ability to work alone and part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and self motivated.
  • Resilient and self reliant.
  • A flexible approach to meet client/service needs.
  • Empathetic and diplomatic in dealing with colleagues, patients and carers.
  • Ability to problem solve.
  • The postholder must demonstrate a positive commitment to uphold diversity and equality policies approved by Livewell Southwest.
  • Ability to travel.


  • Full Driving Licence

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