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Bright Start Islington Health Visitor Team Leader

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inclusive of HCAS
Closing date
22 Jun 2024

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Nurse, Community nurse, Health visitor
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
Bright Start Islington Health Visitor Team Leader Band 7

Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time

Anexciting opportunity for Team Leader. If you are an experienced Health Visitor we would really like to hear from you.

Would you like to manage a Health Visiting Team working in integrated way with Early Years partners?

Bright Start Islington is our integrated service for under 5's and their families. We work together towards improving outcomes for all children and families.

We work in co located sites which are in Health Centres and Children's Centres. We also work in nurseries and community centres across Islington.

We work in small teams which enables us to know the families well which our health visiting teams are very proud of. We offer a wide range of 'in-house' and other training opportunities for professional development through our learning and development department as well as clinical supervision and management courses to support your leadership skills.You will gain experience working with Child Protection and will have regular supervision of these cases. You will need to be proactive, able to identify and respond to health needs and react to unpredictable events.

Main duties of the job

The Team Lead in Health Visiting is responsible for the leadership and operational management of a skill mix health visiting team working as part of the integrated service branded Islington Bright Start.

Reporting to the Bright Start Locality Manager, they will support the development of an early childhood integrated service and work with the Clinical Lead, health partners and Bright Start Early Years colleagues to deliverthe healthy child program.

The Team Leader will manage and delegate work to a defined team, to plan and deliver public health care identified within the core healthy child programme and local service specification. The Team leader will provide line management , child protection supervision, audit, advice and support for the staff within the teams they are responsible for and will be responsible for a caseload, recognising the need to balance the clinical and operational aspects of the role through fair allocation processes.

About us

Whittington Health serves a richly diverse population and works hard to ensure that all our services are fair and equally accessible to everyone. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the way we look after our staff. We aim to employ a workforce which is as representative as possible of this population, so we are open to the value of differences in age, disability, gender, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, sexual orientation, and religion or belief. The Trustbelieves that as a public sector organisation we have an obligation to have recruitment, training, promotion and other formal employment policies and procedures that are sensitive to these differences. We think that by doing so, we are better able to treat our patients as well as being a better place to work.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Management and Leadership1. To work with the Bright Start Locality management team to understand service objectives and set team objectives accordingly.2. To promote good team work through the use of excellent communication skills, in order that team objectives set are understood and achieved by all staff members.3. To lead and promote integrated working across all Bright Start services, sharing in the facilitation of identified integrated meetings such as the staff integrated locality meetings and members ECAPs.4. To be engaged with the Trust data reporting systems in use, accessing Qlikview, pulling regular reports and using the data to support team objectives being set.5. To be competent in the use of the Trust electronic clinical record system following Trust guidelines in its use (RIO).6. To directly manage members of the team in line with Trust policy providing regular supervision, annual appraisal and any identified additional support or training as required.7. To ensure all new team members are provided with the local service and Trust induction guidelines and newly qualified staff have access to preceptorship modules.8. To lead and support staff in any change management process involving staff at all levels.9. To act as a practice supervisor and ensure an active learning environment for all staff grades.10. To support the development of integration with Early Years services by leading on identified topics/issues in task and finish groups/integrated meetings and strategy groups.11. To investigate complaints within agreed Trust policy, procedures and time scales and effect any necessary changes to practice and service that may result.12. To investigate incidents reported on datix system and ensure learning shared with team and wider integrated service.13. To support the Locality Managers with recruitment and retention of staff at all levels.14. To support the Locality Managers in the development of new roles within the team including that of the nursing associate.15. To develop and maintain effective and appropriate communication systems with primary care services according to local protocol.16. To take every reasonable step to see that the working environment is safe, healthy and hazard free for staff and users, including ensuring that infection control procedures are in place and audited regularly.17. To facilitate the use of information technology and ensure that relevant and up to date information on clinical developments and service activity are provided to agreed time-scales.18. To promote a continuous learning environment for colleagues and students within the team/organisation.19. To agree and participate in audit, quality improvement initiatives following agreed policy and protocol.


1. To be responsible to work/lead to deliver the Healthy Child Programme for a geographical area within the Bright Start locality with health and early years colleagues2. To undertake evidence based child and family health assessments and develop child/family plans in partnership with children and carers.3. To undertake the Early Help assessment and attend the professional multi agency meetings as required.4. To liaise and work in partnership with the wider early childhood services including, maternity, early years settings, and voluntary agencies such as Bright Beginnings.5. Working with other agencies to identify and support vulnerable families, adhering to current Local Safeguarding Board and pan London Child Protection Procedures, including access to regular training and supervision.6. To identify, refer and support children with special educational needs or disabilities. To liaise with other agencies in early years, health and social care to facilitate programmes of care.7. To take responsibility for nurse prescribing in line with the Nurse Prescribing Formulary and the Whittington Healths Protocols for Nurse Prescribing, as appropriate.8. To undertake mandatory training, and service specific training as required maintaining skills and competencies.9. To ensure regular attendance at reflective supervision sessions and skills based practice consultations, embedding learning and sharing experiences to strengthen resilience and practise.

Person Specification



  • Health Visiting professional qualification, with entry onto the 3rd part of the NMC Register
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent and min 2 years health visiting experience



  • Management experience in a health service setting.



  • Excellent communication skills: IT, written and oral
  • Willingness to lead and support management of change.
  • High levels of clinical skills, with the ability to identify, respond to and evaluate health needs, including the delivery of public health programmes.
  • Knowledge of current legislation and national guidance relating to children.
  • Ability to apply research to practice.
  • Understanding of the safeguarding process and child protection procedures, clinical governance arrangements and the ability to make decisions in these areas.
  • Ability to set personal and team objectives, and manage time, priorities and stressful situations
  • Ability to manage other members of staff and delegate work appropriately and safely.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development.
  • Commitment to the development of excellent services, which focus on improved outcomes for children.
  • Awareness of Equal Opportunities and Valuing Diversity
  • Knowledge of infection control standards.

Employer details

Employer name

Whittington Hospital NHS Trust


Central locality


N5 2QB

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