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Community Staff Nurse - Start for Life

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
£34,089 to £41,498 a year p.a inc. of HCA (Pro rata)
Closing date
14 Jul 2024
Evelina London Children's Community Services, is seeking qualified nurses to join the Health Visiting service which is undergoing an exciting period of transformation.

We are a skill mix team that includes innovative support services such as the Early Intervention Health Visiting Service, who support our most complex families. Our Early Start Service, a dedicated resource working closely with Health Visiting Service to provide one-to-one support and advice to families who need additional support.

This post is a new exciting addition to our Health Visiting service workforce in Lambeth, one of 75 local areas across the country to have been successfully selected to take part in the new Family Hub Start for Life programme. This programme includes delivery of funded services and interventions relating to: Parenting Perinatal Mental Health and Parent Infant Relationships Infant Feeding and Communication and Language Development and the Home Learning Environment. These Start for Life services will be delivered in a children's centre / Family Hub model context.

The post holder will be a member of a new Start for Life Health team and will co-facilitate Lambeth's chosen Start for Life interventions as part of a community based, multi-agency team alongside Children's Centre staff, Parenting Workers and Peer Supporters.

Closing Date: 14th July 2024

Interview Date: 25th July 2024

Main duties of the job

In addition, the post holder will provide one to one support, advise and health promotion relating to parenting, infant feeding, perinatal mental health and parent infant relationships, and will utilise evidence-based tools to measure children's communication and language development where a concern is identified.

On a day to day basis, the post holder will work as part of a multi-agency team and will collaborate with team members and wider partner agencies both voluntary and statutory to achieve good health outcomes for children and their families, and to support Lambeth's delivery of the Family Hub Start for Life programme. This will require delivery of

a safe, effective and high quality service to clients using research-based evidence to inform practice within agreed professional standards.

The Band 5 Community Staff Nurse - Start for Life will support the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme within a progressive universal model of service delivery dependant on assessed needs. Ensuring the programme is delivered in partnership with other statutory and non-statutory agencies. This role will play a key part in the development and safe delivery of 0-5 services.

About us

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust comprises five of the UK's best known hospitals - Guy's, St Thomas', Evelina London Children's Hospital, Royal Brompton and Harefield - as well as community services in Lambeth and Southwark, all with a long history of high quality care, clinical excellence, research and innovation.

When you join us, you become a valued member of the Evelina London community and can access the wider Evelina and Nightingale education academies. Choosing us as your employer affords you opportunities to be part of a Trust which recognises the value of sharing expertise, research and education between community and acute services.

Working with us you will have access to numerous benefits:
  • A mobile device, android phone and personal protection device whilst in practice allowing the service to work more flexibly and staff to achieve a better work/life balance
  • Access to the Evelina Eranda Rothschild Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship programme provides education, training and mentorship to nurses and midwives who have an idea for a project which will improve patient experience. Open to all grades of nursing staff.
  • A year long preceptorship programme
  • A robust safeguarding supervision and managerial supervision framework.
  • Access to our HEI partners e.g. Kings College London for Masters level education opportunities and more.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Upon receipt of training in specific interventions, the post holder will have the skills, knowledge and experience to co-facilitate group-based parenting programmes and infant feeding support, maintaining programme fidelity while adapting delivery to meet the presenting needs within a group.

Duties and Responsibilities

To support the delivery of the Start for Life programme within a local area multi-agency team.

To co-facilitate evidence-based programmes and interventions relating to Parenting, Perinatal Mental Health and Parent Infant relationships.

To provide one to one support and advice on Parenting, Perinatal Mental Health / Parent Infant relationships and Infant feeding.

To co-facilitate infant feeding support groups with a peer supporter and infant feeding lead.

To use an agreed evidence-based tool to assess the communication and language development of targeted children, and to signpost and make referrals based on assessment.

To participate in the development of skill mix staff within the Health Visiting Service.

To participate in Health Education programmes and health promotion activities on a multi-disciplinary basis as agreed with the team.

*Please see Job description for more details*

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Current NMC registration
  • Evidence of continuous professional development


  • RSCN, Children's Community Nurse with current registration
  • Peer supporter training or UNICEF BFI 2 day relationship building training
  • Practice assessor or practice based learning training or working towards



  • Demonstrate a keen interest in breastfeeding/infant feeding Demonstrate a keen interest in perinatal mental health
  • Experience of working within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Experience of delivering evidence-based care
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in public health and working in the community
  • Experience of working within policies related to Safeguarding Children Experience of working as part of a team
  • Functionally proficient in word processing and experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages.


  • Experience of providing infant feeding support to families
  • Experience of providing mental health support to families.
  • Experience working with children
  • Experience of delivering health promotion topics

Knowledge & Skills


  • Good communication and interpersonal skills (verbal and written)
  • Knowledge of NMC Code
  • Knowledge of the clinical audit process
  • Knowledge of clinical governance and risk management processes
  • Ability to organise own work and manage time effectively under delegated authority
  • Demonstrates an empathic and supportive manner with service users
  • Able to work flexibly and at time lone working is a requirement.
  • Ability to prioritise care delivery in a professional manner, in line with Trust policies and procedures
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to undertake immunisation of children in community and hospital settings


  • Knowledge of the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative and the importance of relationship building

Other Requirements


  • Will be required to work across Lambeth sites
  • Must be able carry resources and equipment for sessions.

Employer details

Employer name

Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust


Community- Lambeth and Southwark



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