Health Visitor

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
4 Oct 2023

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Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
There has never been a more exciting time to have a career in Health Visiting in Wigan, come and see what it's like to work in WWL community. We are now seeking to recruit dynamic and motivated Health Visitors to join the Health Visiting Service in Wigan. Working pattern across Monday to Friday - full and part time will be considered.

We are looking to recruit motivated practitioners with initiative and drive and up to date knowledge of the wider public health agenda. You will work as part of a skill mixed team delivering the Healthy Child Programme (DH 2009) for a defined caseload within one of our Health Visiting Teams. You will need to have an understanding of children's health issues and be passionate about how public health nursing can positively influence the lives of children and families. The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate flexibility and creative thinking in respect of service delivery.

We welcome applications from those who are currently studying their SCPHN qualification (HV) and are due to qualify within the near future. Please note we are unable to support new study for the course at this time.

Main duties of the job

We are currently working in partnership with commissioners to develop Health Visiting and School Nursing services into integrated teams, delivering services across a 0-19 Universal agenda. As a member of the Health Visiting service you would have the opportunity to influence the future design of this role and the wider delivery to children and young people in Wigan. We work closely with our partner agencies, working to develop our Early Help offer and the Family Hub model of service delivery.

The post holder will ensure the planning and delivery of a high quality and effective Health Visiting service to a given population of pre-school children and their families. Working on the basis of progressive universalism they will work in partnership with individuals, families and other agencies to deliver effective interventions in order to improve health outcomes for the children of Wigan.

They will maintain a responsibility for Safeguarding and Protecting children within their area of responsibility.

An Enhanced DBS with Children's and Adults' Barred List checks will be obtained during pre-employment checks.

This vacancy may close early if sufficient applications are received.

About us

Choose Well - Choose WWL

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust are the proud providers of acute hospital and community services to the people of the Wigan Borough and surrounding areas. At WWL, we value our staff believing that 'happy staff, makes for happy patients'. We have a recognised track record in staff engagement and living our values 'the WWL Way'.

WWL are committed to placing the patient at the heart of everything we do, and in the provision of safe, effective care that acknowledges and ensures dignity. With this in mind we are seeking to recruit people who share our values and beliefs.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. If you are unvaccinated there is helpful advice and information available by contacting where you can also ask about how to access vaccinations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Planning and Organisational Duties To assess health needs at the level of the individual, community group and population in accordance with local and national priorities. To contribute to the development of public health strategies, needs assessment/ profiling and local policies and procedures as appropriate. To promote the development of local health improvement networks. To manage a defined caseload of clients, working within Bridgewater and local service specific policy and guidelines. To assume the role of Lead Professional where appropriate with the aim of meeting health needs and to the co-ordination of support services as appropriate. To ensure the Healthy Child programme is effectively implemented in line with policy and delivered to the caseload population. To assess the health needs of children and their families, plan appropriate health improvement interventions with individual families and evaluate outcomes. To develop health plans with individuals and families based on shared assessment of health need, identifying in partnership, the requirement for future Health Visiting support. To offer direction, support and supervision to skill mix team colleagues in relation to delegated case work To act upon appropriate referrals from other members of the Primary Health care team or other agencies and delegate work accordingly. To identify those children in need of protection, initiating Child Protection Referral when indicated and acting in accordance with Trust and Halton Local Safeguarding Board policy and procedures. To participate in any proceedings required with regard to Trust Safeguarding Policy and procedure e.g. Case Conferences, Core Group and CAF meetings. To complete Court Reports as requested and adhere to time scales mandated by Court and attend/participate in any subsequent Court proceedings. To ensure that Health Visiting interventions are clinically effective and evidence based. To provide information, advice and guidance on the management of health issues in a range of appropriate settings. To assess the need to follow up children accessing A+E department and Walk in Centre, taking appropriate action when necessary. To identify those children whose health requires referral on for more specialised professional intervention taking the necessary action to progress this. To develop evidence based interventions/care programmes on a range of subjects, for use with clients. To identify at an early age, those children requiring additional support and intervention and to adhere to clinical pathways in supporting those children. To promote the immunisation of infants and pre-school children according to Trust policy and in epidemic situations to the wider population as determined by local need. To identify minor childhood illness and as a Nurse Prescriber issue a prescription for treatment when indicated, appropriate and within the Health Visitors scope of practice. To contribute to the development of health education literature for local distribution, ensuring that clinical governance/quality assurance requirements have been met. To complete Health Visitor records, in compliance with Trust policy and Local service specific policy/procedure. To maintain record keeping skills and knowledge by undertaking regular training. To adhere to local service guidance in relation to the management of Records, including storage and transfer. To participate in research projects. To be actively involved with practice development in order to meet the needs of the client. To ensure current evidence base informs professional practice. To participate in audit activity as required. To ensure adherence to the Trusts clinical governance and nursing strategies.

Communications and Key Working Relationships To shows a strong commitment to team working, demonstrating respect and consideration to other team members and colleagues in partner agencies To attend and participate in team allocation meetings. To attend and participate in Service Link meetings. To engage with and contributes to the development of the team and the service. To participate actively in the induction of new staff. To act as a positive and professional role model both within the service and when representing the service to the wider community. To lead and manage change, encouraging others to recognise the need for change, developing a shared vision and inspiring and motivating other team members. To participate in staff recruitment and selection when required.

Responsibility for Human Resources To attend in service training as required in order to maintain current practice To adhere to the requirements of the NMC with regards to Revalidation. To undertake and complete mandatory training as required by Bridgewater Community Trust. To complete Safeguarding training as required and acquire and maintain a knowledge of current legislation and guidance. To identify personal training needs and take the necessary steps to meet those needs. Participates and engages with Personal Development Reviews Maintains the up to date knowledge and skills required to safely undertake the role, identifying any training needs and ensuring they are met. Is conversant with and adherent to care pathways used with the service. Attends relevant in-service training and other professional seminars, lectures, courses, and study days. Completes mandatory training requirements annually. To attend for 1:1 supervision with the Team Leader To attend and partake/engage in group clinical supervision To attend and partake/engage in Safeguarding supervision

Responsibility for Health & SafetyCompliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 the post holder is required to fulfil a proactive role towards the management of risk in all of their actions. This entails the risk assessment of all situations, the taking of appropriate actions and reporting of all incidents, near misses and hazards, and a statutory duty of care for their own personal safety and that of others who may be affected by their acts or omissions.

Responsibility for Teaching Undertakes the role of preceptor, mentor and trainer as required by the service with regards to newly appointed staff and Student Nurses on placement. Assists in the education of learners.

Person Specification



  • Registered nurse
  • Community Specialist practitioner in public health
  • First level degree
  • Nurse prescriber



  • Multi-disciplinary and multi-agency working



  • Excellent communication skills
  • Research ability



  • Up to knowledge of key government policy and drivers within Public Health



  • Ability to travel independently across the Trust
  • Ability to work flexibly in accordance with service needs
  • Speaks English to an appropriate standard

Employer details

Employer name

Wrightington Wigan & Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



bases across Ashton, Wigan & Leigh



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