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Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
East Sussex
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
24 May 2024
East Sussex School Health Service are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated, Specialist Community Public HealthNurses (School Nurse or Health Visitor) wishing to develop their knowledge and skills working with 5-19 yr olds, to join skill-mix team that has a diverse range of knowledge and skills. Applications from newly qualified SCPHNs are welcomed.

* A recruitment and retention premium of �3,500 pro rata per annum will be applied to this post for 3 years subject to annual review*

As a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) you can make a real difference to children, families and communities, in a variety of community settings. You will play a fundamental role in the development of the Healthy ChildProgramme, promoting child development, safeguarding children, preventing social exclusion and deprivation and tacklingimportant public health issues.A key element of the East Sussex School Health service is our mental health support offer for young people which isdelivered by our mental health practitioners. If, as a SCPHN, you have a special interest in mental health you will besupported to develop your skills and support this workstream.

Main duties of the job

Every day working as a SCPHN is different, including identifying need, planning and implementing interventions as wellas working with a range of local children's agencies and professionals.We have a hybrid working model ensuring that we provide care to children and young people in the right place at the righttime. This will include schools, clinics, home and virtually.Our SHOP is the front door to the service where all referrals and enquiries are triaged, assessed and next steps plannedall SCPHNs are required to support SHOP.The ideal candidate will have:* A SCPHN qualification (SN or HV wishing to develop their knowledge and skills working with 5-19 yr olds)* Flexible approach to meet the needs of the service.* Be an effective communicator on all levels, with the ability to provide advice and resolve issues.* Be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.* Be organised and meticulous, with an eye for detail.* I.T literate.* Car owner/driver essential, subject to the provisions of the Equality Act (2010), as driving around the county will berequire

Additional Working Pattern: Full-time / part-time / flexible working

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our valuesCompassionateAspirationalResponsiveExcellent.

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both.

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Ourcareer pathways will help you achieve your aspirations.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews to be conducted on the 30th of May 2024.

Find out more about the community differencehere.

Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • 1) Registered health care professional (NMC registration) 2) Health related degree and evidence of relevant post graduate development at Level 6 3) Evidence of Specialist qualifications relevant to area of practice - Specialist Community Public Health Nurse



  • 1) Minimum of 2 years' experience in area of practice 2) Practical experience in managing health related projects/complex caseloads 3) Supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor) experience



  • 1) Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance to relevant to care setting and its application across health care services 2) Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months

Skills and Abilities


  • 1) Understanding of training needs in relation to post 2) Ability to manage time effectively, priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines 3) Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation 4) Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups 5) Strong influencing and negotiating skills

Personal attributes


  • 1) Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice. 2) Ability to manage and lead change 3) Ability to work under pressure 4) Flexible and adaptable

Ability to manage


  • 1) Able to support the implementation of local and national agendas for health under the guidance of the senior Practitioner 2) Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures. 3) Ability to manage own time effectively.

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Hastings / Polegate / Crowborough

East Sussex

BN26 6QH

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