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Staff Nurse

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are offering an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and proactive staff nurse to undertake our new staff nurse development role within the Health Visiting Teams in Blackpool.

You will play a vital role in improving outcomes for children and families, ensuring that every child gets the best start in life. You will support the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse ((SCPHN) Health Visitors), to deliver the National Healthy Child Programme, promoting key public health agendas.

Supported by the Health Visitor, the post holder will participate in delivering a universal service to 0-5's, and provide targeted interventions, to address health inequalities, where necessary referring to specialist services. This role will also include safeguarding responsibilities, mentorship of students, staff appraisals and supervision.

There is an expectation that this post holder will complete the SCPHN Health Visitor training (1 year full-time at UCLAN, fully funded) and automatically progress to a Band 6 once completed and passed.

Main duties of the job


  • Undertake duties as allocated by the SCPHN Health Visitor.
  • Assist in the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme 0-5.
  • Utilise best contact methods with families, (phone, text, letter) to arrange and complete home visits within agreed KPI's.
  • In the absence of the SCPHN may run Well Baby Clinics in the family hubs/health centres, as allocated.
  • Provide Universal Plus support to parents/carers for toileting, behaviour, sleep, feeding etc.
  • Build and develop good working relationships with GP's, Family Hubs, key agencies and the wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • Take appropriate action in cases of suspected or actual child abuse, working within Blackpool's safeguarding children's code of practice and procedures.
  • In the absence of the SCPHN may attend child protection conferences/core groups as required and participate in 4x4x4 supervision.
  • Undertake health needs assessments for children who are looked after.
  • Assist in research and service audits
  • Supervise junior members of the Health Visiting team as directed by the SCPHN, and undertake junior staff appraisals.
  • Participate in meetings as appropriate.
  • Be prepared to be flexible within contracted hours
  • In accordance with the needs of the service, undertake other duties as required.

About us

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is ideally situated just a forty five minute drive from Manchester. The Trust provides services to the 440,000 residents of Blackpool, Fylde & Wyre and North Lancashire, as well as specialist tertiary care for Cardiac and Haematology patients.

As one of the United Kingdom's largest coastal resort, Blackpool has plenty to offer its residents - it's not just a good place to work it's a great place to live . In addition to its bustling centre and historic seafront, the town is world famous for its many attractions, including the famous Blackpool Tower. Blackpool also offers a number of scenic cycling routes round our local parks and across the surrounding countryside, as well as boasting panoramic views of the coast on its picturesque Promenade. Further afield, Blackpool also benefits from less than three-hour connections via rail to Edinburgh in the north and London in the south.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication skills
  • Be skilled at adapting language and professional approach to a varied client group
  • Work with the family hubs to deliver public health messages, whether written or verbal.
  • Be competent in writing concise accurate contemporaneous client records using approved EMIS templates.
  • Be competent at making referrals to the wider multi-disciplinary team.
  • Demonstrate ability to produce child centred reports for children subject to safeguarding plans or CIN/LAC reviews under the guidance of the SCPHN.
  • Contribute ideas to discussions at Hub meetings and team meetings.

Analytical and judgemental skills
  • Able to understand complex family situations and respond and refer appropriately.
  • Be able to undertake health needs assessments, using child centred approach to gather health information that identifies any unmet health needs.
  • Participate in team/service audits

Planning and organisational skills
  • Be responsible for planning own work diary to meet caseload allocated by SCPHN, planning home visits to effectively make use of time.
  • Support Health Visiting team initiatives to deliver health promotion activities within the Family Hubs.
  • Maintain compliance with mandatory training.
  • Regular requirement to drive own car for purposes of work
  • Work within Blackpool Teaching Hospitals policies and guidance.
  • Contribute to service and policy review and development of Health Visiting protocols and guidance.
  • Provide statistical data to support commissioning requirements.
  • Have an awareness of and participate in clinical audits.
  • Participate in the appraisal process and agree personal development objectives
  • Participate in training of others and maintain an effective learning environment
  • Maintain NMC registration in line with revalidation requirements and abide with NMC Code of Professional Conduct.
  • Provide DBS documentation in line with organisational procedure.
  • Maintain record keeping in line with NMC and organisational guidance.
  • Ensure safe storage and access to IT systems to protect client confidentiality in line with organisational Information Governance policy.

Research and development
  • Contribute to organisational audits.
  • Support evidence-based practice, take on a champion role and disseminate learning to wider Health Visiting team members.
  • Undertake Staff Nurse development competencies to provide a standardised best practice approach.

Performance Review

This job description only covers the key result areas and as such does not intend to provide a comprehensive list of objectives. Specific objectives will be subject to annual review in consultation with the post holder and may develop to meet changing needs of the service.
This job description is not exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake such other duties from time to time as are consistent with the responsibility of the grade.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse currently on the NMC register
  • Work towards achieving the SCPHN qualification


  • Ability to supervise learners according to the NMC guidance.
  • Experience of working with children and their parents/carers



  • Awareness of the Public Health Agenda
  • Experience of multi-agency working particularly with safeguarding.


  • Previous experience of working with children and their parents/carers.
  • Knowledge of the Healthy Child Programme



  • Awareness of current health legislation, NHS initiatives and professional issues
  • Ability to work without supervision and to use own initiative
  • Ability to communicate effectively with adults and children
  • Ability to communicate with staff and outside agencies
  • Good organisation skills
  • Health promotion skills
  • Car driver essential and able to use for work purposes


  • Counselling and coaching skills.
  • Knowledge of child development
  • Teaching ability
  • Knowledge of IT systems e.g. EMIS

Employer details

Employer name

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


Whitegate Drive Health Centre, Moor Park Health Centre, South Shore Primary Care Centre




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