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Public Health Staff Nurse 5-19

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
St Albans
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
1 Mar 2024

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Band 5 Public Health Staff Nurse in the 5-19 service based either in Dacorum or St Albans. We are looking for a motivated band 5 to join our workforce to deliver high-quality care to our service users in an integrated model with Family Support Services.As well as working with individual children and young people, our focus is on developing local public health plans with schools and the wider community.

Please see the Job Description and Job Specification for full details you must be a car owner, have access to a car, and be willing to travel across Hertfordshire.

Main duties of the job

You will:
  • be a skilled team player working in a skill mix team under the guidance of a Specialist Practitioner (5-19)
  • have excellent communication skills to use with a variety of clients, professionals & staff
  • have a full valid driving licence and access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010).

HCT Public Health Nursing Team 5-19 is an innovative service that uses electronic health assessments at key stages to help identify individuals requiring early intervention pathways and determine the public health needs of local communities.

The service is committed to mobile working, and experience in electronic record keeping would be an advantage, although full training will be given.

About us

  • A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
  • You'll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
  • We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision - Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities
  • Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
  • We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages.
  • We don't want you to miss out so we'd like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now
  • You've made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we're looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you

Job description

Job responsibilities

HCT are proud to offer all newly qualified practitioners and international recruited staff a Preceptorship programme that supports their transition to autonomous, confident and competent practitioner. The annual programme will cover topics such as Patient safety, communications skills, safeguarding, quality improvement, leadership, and management. As a Preceptee you will have regular meetings with your preceptor and AHP Preceptorship lead.

As a qualified nurse, you will support the Public Health Nurses to implement and deliver the Healthy Child 5-19 programme within the agreed specification from commissioners.

You will deliver care, support & advice to children & their families that attend mainstream schools in the Dacorum and St Albans area of Hertfordshire. This includes working in schools to deliver the online health questionnaires to Y6 children and liaising with parents after completing the online health questionnaire for reception children.

You will carry out brief interventions after triage and allocation by a Public Health Nurse, following agreed care pathways in response to referrals and health needs assessment alerts.

You may also support schools with writing education and health care plans for children with complex health needs and coordinate support in partnership with other specialist health professionals.

You must proactively manage a caseload, prioritising cases according to risk and level of need, with regular supervision from a Public Health Nurse.This role will be based across Dacorum and St Albans, mainly at St Albans. The core service is provided between 9 am and 5 pm (working hours can be flexible within these times).

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best defence against COVID-19.

In return, we can offer you the following:
  • access to a wide range of training opportunities, including the development of leadership skills
  • ability to apply for the SCPHN course and progress to Band 6
  • restorative, management and safeguarding supervision
  • Generous contributory pension
  • 27 days holiday rising to 33 days (depending on NHS Trust service)
  • Special Leave for family and personal reasons
  • NHS Car Lease Scheme
  • Eye Care Vouchers
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • NHS Discounts

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust is voted among the Top 100 Best Places to Work (HSJ/ Nursing Times) and is a dynamic and forward-thinking organisation. Our CQC rating is Good.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Training


  • Registered Nurse
  • Current registration with NMC & knowledge of NMC Code of Professional Conduct
  • Mentorship qualification or willingness to undertake


  • Mental health nurse
  • Children's nurse

Experience and Knowledge


  • Post registration experience
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and its implications
  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children
  • Experience of team work


  • Knowledge of Children mental health issues
  • Experience of delivering targeted interventions
  • Digital literacy

Skills and Personal qualities


  • Ability to work independently under guidance of Specialist Nurse
  • Excellent communication skills with variety of clients & professionals
  • Ability to use assessment skills with guidance
  • Good IT skills
  • Empathy & understanding of family issues
  • Ability to plan and deliver key objectives within strict timetables

Other requirements


  • Hold a full, valid, UK driving licence and have access to a car to use for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010)

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust


Sandridge Gate Business Centre

Ronsons Way

St Albans


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