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Health Visitor

Employer
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Location
Walsall
Salary
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Profession
Nurse, Community nurse, Health visitor
Grade
Band 6
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the HCP 0-19 service in Walsall as a Health Visitor.

The service has recently been transferred into the Community Division as part of Walsall's continued progress towards integrated working with our local partners. It is an opportunity to work within a Trust which has advanced levels of integrated working and a commitment to maintaining excellence within our Community Teams.

The Division has recently undertaken a review of the service and has a plan to ensure that the needs of the families of Walsall continue to be met as well as ensuring that the Service can evolve by developing and supporting all of its staff to meet these needs.

Therefore, we would welcome applications from new or experienced Health Visitors to work within one of our four locality teams and to be part of the future development of the service.

To provide clinical leadership support and professional direction to the children, young people and families public health team ensuring that high standards and safe levels of intervention which are evidenced base are delivered within a corporate caseload.

To work autonomously within a multi-agency arena to enable children & Young People (predominantly pre-school age) to reach their full potential (physically emotionally and socially) through education and healthy lifestyles.

Main duties of the job

The job holder is responsible for developing, leading, planning and delivering a range of services for children and their families within a corporate caseload.

Provide a public health based service that contributes to improving the health of children and their families in Walsall through partnership working.

During the absence of the cluster lead or other teams cluster leaders will promote team working at all times and contribute to the delivery of services within the team

Participate in the continued development of the children, young people and family's public health service, to include meetings and close liaison with cluster lead and to work in partnership with other health care professionals within the Trust and other agencies.

Care may be delivered within a variety of settings to include client's home, GP practice clinic, virtually or other settings.

About us

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trustprovides integrated acute and community Healthcare in the West Midlands serving a population of 260,000 residents. Walsall Manor Hospital houses the full range of district general hospital services. The �170 million development was completed in 2010 and we are continually upgrading. Construction of the new integrated critical care unit was completed in 2018, extension of a Neonatal Unit and an approved plan to build a brand new, state of the art Emergency Department which will commence in 2021

We provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services from multiple sites covering Walsall. Our multidisciplinary services include rapid response and homebased care, so that those with long term conditions and the frail elderly can remain in their own homes.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Leadership

Assess, plan, delegate, maintain and review caseloads for each team member, identifying needs and skill mix to ensure delivery of service. Analyse and respond to situations at team and one to one level taking account of changing priorities at team and 1-1 level

Represent the service on a range of multi professional forum as requested and agreed with the cluster lead.

Organise and chair weekly team meetings to cascade information and plan delivery of the team workload in the absence of the clinical lead.

Constructively participate in nursing, clinical and managerial meetings as required.

Monitor and report to the clinical lead regarding client and staff safety, accidents and reportable incidents as necessary in line with risk management local and national policies.

Act as a role model, lead by example through practice with positive attitude and presentation

Contribute to the planning of staff training, both mandatory and for professional development, in conjunction with clinical lead.

Undertake team members personal development review and clinical supervision, ensure that individual staff development plans are formulated and objectives agreed in line with corporate objectives.

In consultation with clinical lead, influence and manage change within the service utilising research/evidence based practice and audit mechanisms

Develop and maintain effective communication networks and work collaboratively with key partners, health workers, statutory and voluntary agencies to actively promote national and local public health priorities.

Demonstrate up to date knowledge on legislation and national directives relating to the service is obtained through regular updates from the steering group, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Internet and other sources.

Ensure effective communication with the child, family and others including those whose first language is not English, and LD liaising and co-ordinating interpreting services as appropriate.

Maintain direct communication and liaison with the clinical lead and attend regular meetings

Provide written and verbal detailed information through comprehensive assessment of the child and family to facilitate referrals to specialist services, e.g., Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).

Work collaboratively to provide antenatal support to individuals assessed as needing early intervention.

To liaise with teaching staff and school medical staff as appropriate, acting as a link between school and home as necessary.

Clinical Skills

Work in close liaison with the designated and named nurse for child protection and the co-ordinator for looked after children.

Work within Walsalls Safeguarding Childrens Board guidelines and local child protection policies and procedures.

Initiate and chair or participate in multi-agency meetings to plan care for an individual child in need.

Working in partnership with families and other agencies contribute to the assessment framework for children in need / Early Help processes.

Critically analyse information gathered from the child health records and other relevant sources and provide accurate reports for formal presentation, e.g., case conferences.

Work as a member of a multidisciplinary team providing professional health advice in formulating, implementing and evaluating the child protection plan. Attend case conferences and core groups.

Participate in personal clinical supervision with child protection supervisors.

Within the scope of professional practice and using appropriate frameworks, take lead responsibility to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate the health needs of specific groups of children e.g., looked after children, children with medical needs. This may include undertaking nurse led clinics and assessments.

In conjunction with child and family, liaise with members of multi-disciplinary teams. Refer to other specialist service and engage in joint planning with child, family and other identified services.

Liaise and communicate with other services to assess and produce individual care plans and to co-ordinate their involvement in supporting the child in school or other settings.

To promote the need for immunisation and to advocate the importance of prophylaxis care. To undertake the immunisation of children in line with Trust procedures as required.

Use an assessment framework and adopting a team approach, undertake or delegate as appropriate the 8 weeks, 9 month and 27 month assessments with professional support to nursery staff.

Be identified as the Named Health Visitor for child protection cases, supporting and supervising team members with child protection issues as required.

To undertake the role of Nurse Prescriber within the scope of the Nurse Prescribers formulary and the Trust Guidelines following the appropriate evidence based information for a range of conditions.

Utilise the Promotional guide or Post Natal Scale to communicate with clients implementing a plan of care in partnership with families in need/crisis.

To develop, monitor and evaluate quality standards with Health Visiting Practice, utilising the Clinical Governance Framework to support the provision of a First Class Service. Develop, monitor and evaluate quality standards within the Health Visiting Service. Incorporate clinical guidelines/service protocols, in practice to ensure that best evidence based care, is delivered to the client group.

Person Specification

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • First Level Registered Nurse
  • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visiting)
  • Demonstrable experience working with children and young people
  • The ability to make decisions which are timely, effective and appropriate
  • Able to establish and maintain key relationships with colleagues and other disciplines both internally and externally


Desirable

  • Qualifications
  • Demonstrable or relevant experience in delivering health promotion and health education programmes
  • Effective communication skills both written and verbal with children, families and others


Knowledge and Skills

Essential

  • Evidence of utilising evidenced based practice and appraising standards, providing clinical direction and support for staff
  • Detailed knowledge of health & social care policy relating to childrens services


Desirable

  • oAbility to apply clinical governance framework to


Technical Skills

Essential

  • Basic keyboard skills and ability to use microsoft packages


Desirable

  • Ability to access information using internet


Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust

Address

Across Walsall

Harden Health Centre Harden Road

Walsall

WS3 1ET

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407-COMM-6344948

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