Job overview

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and conscientious practitioner to join our 0-5 team based in Chichester. Our service is open Monday to Friday 9-5. Previous experience of working in the community is not essential.

Are you a qualified or about to qualify (child, adult, mental health or learning disability) nurse or a midwife with a passion for public health and improving outcomes for children in West Sussex? Would you like to work for a friendly and passionate Health visitor team who make a difference to children’s lives every day?

Alongside a skill mix team of health visitors and nursery nurses, you will work in collaboration with families; providing universal and targeted early interventions to ensure every child is offered the best start in life.

We are looking for a compassionate individual who can demonstrate excellent communication skills and is able to work in partnership with multi-agency and inter-professional colleagues to support the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP).

This is a permanent position but may also be an excellent opportunity to gain experience for an individual interested in undertaking a Specialist Community Public Health course in health visiting or school nursing in the future. A programme of support is being developed to support internal applicants interested in applying for a funded degree to become a health visitor or school nurse.

Main duties of the job

  • Managing a clinical caseload
  • Undertaking holistic assessments, identifying health needs, parenting capacity and family/environmental factors
  • Implementing and evaluating programmes of care
  • Delivering evidence based health promotion advice
  • Undertaking targeted support in line with our commissioned service
  • Inter-professional working to deliver the healthy child programme and safeguard children
  • West Sussex HCP have achieved full UNICEF UK’s Baby Friendly accreditation and hold the UNICEF Gold Award for embedding Baby Friendly care in our workplace.

    Working for our organisation

    Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.

  • Over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff members
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 10,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features
  • Flexible working patterns offered across all services
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader
  • SCFT is an inclusive employer that promotes equality and challenges discrimination, and welcomes applications from people of all backgrounds. Applications from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates, disabled candidates and LGBT+ candidates are particularly encouraged, to ensure the Trust’s workforce reflects the diverse communities it serves.

    Detailed job description and main responsibilities
    Please see the job description for full details.

    As a Healthy Child Programme we are fully invested in supporting the learning and development of our staff. You will be actively encouraged to develop your skills and newly appointed practitioner you can expect:

  • A thought after induction programme with dedicated Practice Education Team
  • 6 months of action learning sets
  • 2-day breastfeeding training as part of our Gold Unicef accredited service.
  • We also offer bi-monthly learning sessions, annual forum and opportunities for regular clinical supervision and safeguarding supervision to all of our qualified staff.

    Informal chats/visits are welcomed.

    Person specification

    qualifications
    Essential criteria

  • NMC Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • To hold or be willing to obtain Child protection Module
  • Desirable criteria

  • Registered Childrens Nurse
  • Evidence of academic study within last 5 years
  • Undergraduate degree 2:1 or above
  • Skills and Knowledge
    Essential criteria

  • Excellent communication skills with an ability to negotiate and manage conflict
  • Evidence of a range of clinical competencies appropriate for the role
  • Ability to identify difficult situations and act appropriately to obtain support
  • Good IT skills
  • Commitment to lifelong learning and development
  • Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of Safeguarding Children Procedures
  • Experience
    Desirable criteria

  • Experience working with children
  • Experience of working within a community setting
  • Undergraduate degree 2:1 or above
  • This post may close earlier than the published closing date if sufficient applications are received.

    Correspondence relating to this vacancy will be conducted electronically. If you have not heard from us within two weeks please assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion. Please ensure that you check your emails, including your junk folder, on a regular basis. References will be requested electronically as well; please ensure you provide correct contact details for referees.

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