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Health Visitor - Reading

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust
£33,706 to £40,588 per annum, pro rata for part time
Closing date
3 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Community nurse, Health visitor
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Attention all newly qualified or experienced Health Visitors!

Do you share our passion for working with children to help give them the best start?

Are you looking for a role within a committed, engaging, supportive team?

We are actively recruiting both full and part time enthusiastic Health Visitors to join our well experienced team here in Reading.

We are a forward thinking, vibrant Health Visiting team with bases at Whitley Health Clinic & Southcote Clinic. Our team is made up of Health Visitors, Staff Nurses and Nursery Nurses delivering Health and development services to children aged 0-5 and their families in the Reading area.

We are looking for strong team players who have a real passion for working with children and families. You will need to have excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work with other teams and agencies.

The service operates 9 - 5 Monday to Friday in which we can offer some flexibility around working hours. This is a client facing role but with some room for home working based on service need.

We are very committed to the development of our staff so whether you are an experienced health visitor or are newly qualified, we will ensure you receive personalised and effective support from both your health visiting line manager and colleagues within your team.

Main duties of the job

  • Working collaboratively with other health care professionals and agencies ensuring a seamless delivery of service for children and families within the community.
  • Assessing child and family needs, using the appropriate assessment and risk tools. Ensuring that at each contact with a child an assessment of their health and development need is conducted
  • To support breastfeeding and parent infant relationships applying the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards
  • Ensure that the advice, support and services provided take account of client or family's race, culture, religion and language
  • Full knowledge and understanding of the Local Safeguarding Board Procedures together with Trust guidelines. Exercises vigilance regarding vulnerable families and to respond as necessary
  • Working closely with local authority colleagues

About us

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist mental health and community health services trust. Rated 'outstanding' by the CQC, we're committed to providing the best possible care to people across Berkshire.

We value diversity and are proud to be a Stonewall Top 100 Employer.We work hard to create an inclusive environment where you'll be supported by friendly and professional colleagues to flourish.

Our values at Berkshire Healthcare:

o Caring for and about you is our top priority

o Committed to providing good quality, safe services

o Working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Benefits of working for us include:
  • Flexible working options to support work-life balance.
  • 27 days' annual leave rising with service + opportunity to buy and sell
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Excellent learning and career development opportunities
  • 'Cycle to Work' and car leasing scheme including electric vehicles
  • Access to a range of wellbeing tools and services
  • Discounts at hundreds of popular retailers and restaurants
  • Staff networks for race, diversity, disabilities, the environment and armed forces community to support equality
  • Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and special leave.
  • Free parking across Trust sites

Job description

Job responsibilities

The4 must haves for you to be considered for this role:
  • Be a registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) active on the NMC register
  • Previous experience managing cases where a child has a protection plan
  • Have a high standard of clinical work
  • Have a valid UK driving license with access to vehicle

If youre someone who shares our passion for excellence and care, join us and lets be outstanding together.

We welcome a conversation about flexibility and any other questions you may have. Please dont hesitate to call: Haley Walsh on 07880541538 or email: wholl be delighted to help.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

Person Specification



  • Registered Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting) active on the NMC register
  • Non-medical prescriber
  • S.L.I.C.E/ENB 998 or equivalent



  • Evidence of continual professional development

Previous Experience


  • Experience in management of cases where a child has a protection plan


  • Teaching experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities


  • High standard of clinical work
  • Basic IT skills/prepared to undertake training
  • Knowledge of current policies and key drivers to improve the health outcomes of children
  • Presentation skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Time management
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Cultural awareness
  • Reflective and innovative practitioner
  • Good organisational skills
  • Ability to delegate appropriately
  • Ability to be flexible and respond to service need

Additional Requirements


  • Car Driver who holds full driving licence
  • The post requires a degree of agility and the ability to carry/manoeuvre light to moderate loads

Employer details

Employer name

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust


Whitley Health and Social Services Centre, 268 Northumberland Avenue



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