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Health Visiting Senior Practitioner

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
9 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Community nurse, Health visitor
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Working as part of the Tonbridge and Malling Health Visiting Team, the senior practitioner will support thedelivery of the Healthy ChildProgramme in accordance with national and local strategy/guidance. This will include the provision ofantenatal and postnatal period programmes conducting universal mandated checks and packages of care in line withevidence based practice. Post holders will play an integral part in the development and evaluation of the 0-5 service witha key responsibility for supporting the District Managers to ensure that the teams are reaching the requiredstandards and suggesting quality improvements were appropriate. The post holder will support the District Manager inensuring that all staff have the appropriate competencies for undertaking their respective roles, and up to date training to enable them to respond effectively to the health needs of all families and children. The post holderwill work with other senior roles to ensure that developments in the service are embedded and the intendedoutcomes achieved. Senior practitioners will support the training and education of colleagues gaining community Health Visiting experience, providing appropriate feedback.

Main duties of the job

We have full and part time opportunities ranging from a minimum of 22.5 hours to a maximum of 37.5 hours per week between 9am to 5pm.

Band 7 Senior Practitioners work closely with the people who use our services, families, friends and carersand play an important contribution in how people experience our services. Band 7 Senior Practitioners are expected tohave a key leadership role, acting as a role model for others. They will communicate and maintain excellent working relationships with all those that use, commission and work within the services delivered. They will undertakedirect clinical work for a minimum 80% of their time. Band 7 Senior Practitioners are responsible for ensuring thatthe team provides effective care planning which meets professional standards and is in collaboration with theirservices users and carers. They facilitate reflection on the service delivery and identification of quality improvementwork.

About us

Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we've got a passion for delivering high standards of patient care and excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our values Compassionate Aspirational Responsive Excellent

We know a commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. We pride ourselves in being diverse and welcome applications from people with varied backgrounds, perspectives and experiences

We ask for information about your protected characteristics on our application forms. This isn't visible to anyone involved with shortlisting or interviewing you, except when you choose to be considered under the guaranteed interview scheme due to disability. Short listers will see two ticks alongside your application to ensure they apply the principles of the scheme to your submission

The data we collect helps us to ensure we are attracting diversity in our applicants, that all our colleagues have equitable access to career opportunities and supports us on our journey to being a Great Place to Work

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. Talk to us about a flexible working arrangement that won't involve sacrificing time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

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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 in your application. If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know. All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate.

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.

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.

Find out more about the community difference here.

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

Person Specification



  • Registered health care professional (NMC registration ) / minimum of 5 years of experience in a public health environment Health related degree and evidence of relevant post graduate development at Level 6 Evidence of Post Graduate Specialist qualifications relevant to area of practice - SCPHN qualification. Mentorship or Practice Assessor qualification


  • Management or supervisory qualification / programme of study Working towards Master level study Practice teacher qualification



  • Minimum of 5 years' experience in area of practice Experience of leading and managing teams Experience of developing policy and service development plans with practical experience of change management. Practical experience in managing health related projects/complex caseloads Supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor ) experience


  • Experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages (E-Pay / E-roster/ TAPS/ CIS)



  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance to relevant to care setting and its application across health care services Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months Proven ability to develop effective partnerships to achieve practical outcomes across organisational boundaries including statutory organisations, external agencies, community and voluntary organisations Supporting others (mentor / educator / supervisor ) experience

Skills and Abilities


  • Ability to manage time effectively, priorities and work under pressure to meet deadlines Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organisational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups Strong influencing and negotiating skills Highly developed facilitation skills

Personal attributes


  • Ability to motivate and organise others to ensure best practice. Ability to manage and lead change Ability to work under pressure Flexible and adaptable



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

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


Churchill Centre


ME20 7NJ

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