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Health Visitor

NHS AfC: Band 6

Main area
Children's Services (Health Visiting)
NHS AfC: Band 6
1 x permanent post 0.80 wte and 1 x FTC (6 months) 1.00 wte
  • Full time
  • Part time
37.5 hours per week
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Chesterfield Locality
Church Street
£32,306 - £39,027 pa, pro rota
Salary period
24/10/2021 23:59

The Trust is currently under-represented in terms of individuals from BME backgrounds and welcomes applicants from these communities.  DCHS is also an LGBT inclusive employer.  Selection will be on a basis of merit.  The Trust has achieved the status of a Disability Confident Leader and guarantees to invite to assessment applicants who meet the criteria for the job vacancy.  To ensure the diversity of the workforce and understand the differing needs of our communities, the Trust is committed to the principles of Positive Action.

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COVID-19  We recognise that the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted on people in different ways. Please be reassured that at DCHS we understand this and have a risk assessment process in place, where this is needed, to ensure your safety.

Job overview

We are seeking to appoint a dedicated and motivated health visitor to work within the Chesterfield locality, primarily covering caseloads in the Chesterfield and Brimington/Staveley area

DCHS is a forward-thinking, supportive Trust, who are a baby-friendly, accredited organisation and achieved Outstanding CQC status in 2019.

The  0-19 Children's Service was awarded DCHS team of the year in 2019. 

Working in a diverse  ex- mining town, you will find that there are lots of opportunities for developing public health work with communities and partner agencies, as well as delivering the core contacts within the Healthy Child Programme.

The right candidate will hold the SCPHN qualification in Health Visiting and the V100 and be an innovative and dynamic team player, who is looking for a new challenge.

Main duties of the job

To  deliver the  public health  role  as a SCPHN Health Visitor working with communities and partner agencies and delivering the core contacts within the Healthy Child Programme.

  • To provide health visiting services to families in the community team caseload by delivering the Healthy Child
  • To manage a defined active caseload and take responsibility for Safeguarding Children issues within that
  • To have continuing responsibility for the assessment of individuals needs and the development, implementation
    and evaluation of programmes of care.
  •  To prescribe according to assessed individual need from the Nurse Prescribing Formulary.
  • To manage a team of health visiting support staff


Working for our organisation

Our purpose is to provide community health services to a patient population of over one million people in Derbyshire and Derby, as part of Joined Up Care Derbyshire.

We employ around 4,200 substantive staff, caring for patients in 11 community hospitals and more than 30 health centres, as well as in clinics, GP practices, schools, care homes and, increasingly, in people’s own homes and via virtual consultations.

During the pandemic response we have led the implementation of public vaccination centres in collaboration with partners across health and social care.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

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To work as part of a self-managed team to lead the delivery of the ‘healthy child programme’ to families in the community caseload and provide an accessible service throughout Monday to Friday.

To manage and take continuing responsibility for a caseload of active/vulnerable families. 

To lead the Healthy Child Programme in Children’s Centres and participate in Children’s Centre management groups

To promote and maintain liaison with both statutory and voluntary agencies as appropriate in the interest of the client, and to develop an in-depth understanding of Safeguarding Children including the preparation of appropriate written reports and the attendance at case conferences as required in line with the Safeguarding Boards.

To assess and determine the health needs of the client group and wider population to ensure that the services delivered meet the needs of that population and to identify, plan and facilitate the delivery of appropriate health education programmes to meet the health needs of the defined population in line with national and local priorities and strategies

 Identify, assess and determine client need and where appropriate, prescribe from within the nurse prescribing formulary in accordance with evidence practice based, patient medical history and Trust Policies and Procedures

To manage, delegate and take responsibility for a skill-mix team, including recruitment and selection.

To ensure and maintain a high quality, seamless health visiting service that meets the identified needs of a defined population and provides operational management in line with Trust Policies and Procedures.

Be responsible for the maintenance and recording of comprehensive, legible and accurate child health records in line with Caldicott and Trust Policies and Procedures and communicate verbal information to relevant multi-disciplinary/agency team members.

To develop and implement clinical supervision/reflective practice and continuous learning both for junior staff and oneself. To undertake staff appraisal, taking into account both the needs of the service and the individual practitioner to encourage personal and professional development of staff and self in order to maintain and improve knowledge and skills in accordance with NMC guidelines and to share good practice with colleagues

Responsible for the mentorship, assessment and teaching of pre and post registration students, return to practice students and medical students and mentorship of health visiting students to facilitate learning and understanding of health visiting services to meet the needs of the student and educational establishment or Trust.

 To promote Clinical Governance Guidelines and be proactive in the development of a culture that is committed to innovation and quality improvement through the use of research and audit to enable services to be continuously improved, to include clinical benchmarking, professional development, competence frameworks and clinical supervision

To respond to local and national public health urgent programmes.

Participate in children’s immunisation programmes by promoting and giving information.

To take responsibility for Health & Safety of self and colleagues and the working environment 

 This job description is subject to reinterpretation/adjustment after consultation with job holder in the light of changing 
organisational circumstances and requirements.

To provide cover for colleagues as required across Children’s Services.

Person specification

Education, Quals & Training

Essential criteria
  • • RN or RM
  • • HV Qualification – Degree, Diploma or Cert
  • • Nurse Prescribing
Desirable criteria
  • • Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Post registration study
  • Mentorship qualification

Experience and Knowledge

Essential criteria
  • • Knowledge of national + local priorities
  • • Evidence based Health improvement initiatives/public health activites
  • • Working in partnership with clients and carers
  • • Experience of mentoring students in practice

Skills and Attributes

Essential criteria
  • • Excellent communication + interpersonal skills
  • • Management + organisational skills
  • • Clinical Leadership
  • • Ability to work as an integral member of a multi-agency team
  • • Teaching and assessing
  • • IT Skills
  • Full driving license
Desirable criteria
  • • Immunisation and vaccination

Aptitude & Personal Qualities

Essential criteria
  • • Flexible/Adaptable to change
  • • Friendly and approachable
  • • Non judgemental
  • • Empathy and understanding

Values, Drivers and Motivators

Essential criteria
  • • Willing to work flexible hours to cover
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kathy East
Job title
Locality Manager, NED 0-19's Service
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Additional information

If you think that you could make a positive impact on the local community, the team and the organisation, then please call us to find out more.

To speak to the team you can call via our Single Point of Access service on 01246 515100, or the locality manager, Kathy East 07766088235

You can also check out our social media on Twitter and Facebook,  Derbyshire Community Health Service NHS Foundation Trust and Derbyshire Health Visiting Service