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Health Visitor

Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience
Closing date
13 Aug 2022

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CBT Therapist / Other
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
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Full time post (37.5 hours) at Dudley Central

The Black Country Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is seeking an enthusiastic and motivated practitioner to work autonomously as a Health Visitor committed to achieving positive health outcomes for pre-school children and families and to ensure the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults.

Main duties of the job

Successful applicants will work as part of a diverse Health Visiting team led by supportive Health Visitor Team Leaders and teams including Practice Teachers, Nursery Nurses and administrative staff. The post holder will carry continuing responsibilities for caseload management and the assessment of care needs as part of the service offer for health visiting to include Community, Universal, Universal Plus and Universal Partnership Plus services. This will involve being responsible for the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme and the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care which are sensitive, relevant and responsive to the diverse needs of individual and targeted patients/clients, families, groups and communities. The post holder will also contribute to the Public Health Agenda to meet Public Health targets and address health inequalities.

About us

The Trust is committed to equal opportunities, providing opportunities for flexible working and is a non-smoking organisation.

We welcome experienced and newly qualified health visitors to apply to join us in utilising their Specialist Public Health Practitioner Nursing/Health Visiting knowledge and skills to play a pivotal role working within the Dudley Borough. The post holder will receive a comprehensive induction programme and for newly qualified staff, a preceptorship framework is in place.

Job description Job responsibilities

Health Visitor Band 6

The post holder will work autonomously as part of a health visiting team carrying continuous responsibility for caseload management and the assessment of care needs. The post holder will be responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care which are sensitive, relevant and responsive to the diverse needs of the individual and targeted clients/families, groups and communities. The post holder may often work in difficult situations with contentious issues.

The post holder will contribute to the Public Health Agenda to meet Public Health targets and address health inequalities. They will work in conjunction with colleagues and managers to develop and ensure delivery of the service offer as defined by the Healthy Child Programme and National Health Visiting Service Specification:

The post holder will contribute to the development of pre-registration and health visitor students promoting leadership and development within the team and will be committed to safeguarding children and vulnerable adults acting within their Scope of practice and local and national policies.

To have continuous responsibility and professional accountability for the management and prioritisation of a defined caseload including delegation of tasks to other members of the team, in consultation with the health visitor team leader making the best use of knowledge and skills within the team.

Work as an autonomous practitioner assessing, planning and organising day to day caseload/workload using Trust recognised assessment and caseload management tools.

To act as named Health Visitor for each family assessing health needs for children, families and communities whilst being responsive to their diverse needs.

To lead, plan, implement and evaluate health enhancing activities, to facilitate access to preventative services and facilitate client participation through home visiting, community development, workshops, support groups and parenting programmes, working across agencies when necessary.

To identify children and families in need of additional support through the Early Help Assessment guidelines. Initiating and taking the lead on family support meetings if required.

To be able to identify the complex needs of Looked After Children, completing health needs assessment as Trust protocol.

To act in accordance with current Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership Board and trust guidelines/policies to protect children and vulnerable adults at risk of harm.

To assess, identify and make appropriate referrals to childrens services regarding safeguarding children adhering to all safeguarding policies and procedures. To work with the Local Authority and other partner agencies to implement agreed safeguarding plans.

To have continuing responsibility for children who are part of a Child Protection or Child in Need plan in all cases of suspected or confirmed abuse. Ensuring compliance with all local and national guidelines, policies and procedures.

To frequently participate in complex and conflicting issues with Safeguarding children. To understand, collate, analyse and interpret available knowledge and information in order to provide safe decisions. To respond to regular requests from other agencies requiring safeguarding histories during investigation, parents seeking advice or in crisis situations.

To be able to frequently undertake tasks that require prolonged concentration skills, compiling critically factual reports and presenting this information which is often contentious in a formal situation e.g. case conference or court hearings, with potential for cross examination.

To be able to deal with frequent exposure to highly distressing and emotional situations, bereavement of child/parent, postnatal depression, mental health issues, unwanted pregnancy, domestic abuse, substance/alcohol misuse, complex family situations and child protection issues, sudden infant/unexplained death of a child.

To promote and support immunisation programmes offered nationally to service users.

To undertake prescribing responsibilities as indicated by client need using the nursing formulary and ensure that prescribing is safe and cost effective.

To offer support and supervision to other team members to whom work may be delegated.

To provide specialised skills to clients within a variety of settings, using their ability to analyse, interpret and address the outcome e.g. the use of appropriate level of counselling skills.

To develop and maintain effective communication networks with other health professionals, statutory and voluntary agencies.

Ability to understand, explain and carry out interpretation of complex facts in relation to a clients condition. Taking appropriate action and giving advice in a professional manner to team members, family and other carers in such a way that protects and preserves their dignity. Including breaking bad news.

The ability to constructively challenge current working practices and overcome barriers during times of change.

Maintaining confidentiality, while communicating patient information in such a way that preserves the dignity and privacy of the service users.

Understanding the influence of national policy and guidance upon health and the ability to interpret and implement at service level.

Participate in specific projects in relation to professional development and to initiate, participate and co-operate in research based studies and surveys in response to policy and service requirements.

Person Specification Registration Essential
  • NMC registered as a Health Visitor

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