Health Visitor

Job Category: Social Care
Reference HQ00019232
Service Suffolk County Council
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 3 months
Location Suffolk
Job Type Part-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 30
Rate From £15.90 to £16.60 per hour

About the job:

Suffolk County Council are looking for a Health Visitor, based in Leiston, Suffolk, to join on a temporary basis.

The role will include carrying out Public Health mandatory visits to community, meeting KPI’s and managing a caseload of families.

Previous experience as a Health Visitor is required.

The responsibility of the Children and Young People’s Directorate (CYP) is to ensure the safety, well-being and learning of children and young people. To do so we need to “make every intervention count” to create impact and bring about sustainable change for children, young people and their families where need is identified. We are determined to continuously improve our services by working in partnership to ensure that our work is high quality and effective.

Model the ASPIRE values; Achieve, Support, Pride, Inspire, Respect & Empower. We are committed to working together, striving to improve and ensuring the best possible outcomes for children and families in Suffolk.


To act as a catalyst for change working directly alongside children, young people and their families.

The Health Visiting Service workforce consists of specialist community public health nurses (SCPHN) and teams who provide expert information, assessments and interventions for babies, children and families including first time mothers and fathers and families with complex needs. Health visitors (HVs) help to empower parents to make decisions that affect their family’s health and wellbeing and their role is central to improving the health outcomes of populations and reducing inequalities.

The Health Visiting Service works across a number of stakeholders, settings and organisations to lead delivery of the Healthy Child Programme 0-5 (HCP), a prevention and early intervention public health programme that lies at the heart of the universal service for children and families and aims to support parents at this crucial stage of life, promote child development, improve child health outcomes and ensure that families at risk are identified at the earliest opportunity.

Health Visitors are able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and knowledge of safeguarding.  Have a broad understanding of children and young peoples’ issues. Are responsible for health promotion, profiling caseloads and assessing needs while providing a positive contribution to integrated care.

  • Health visitors, as public health practitioners, contribute to health needs analysis using tools such as the Early Years Profile. They also work alongside other health professionals including early years practitioners, voluntary organisations, peer supporters, Family Nurse Partnerships, Midwives, GPs and primary and secondary care providers as well as children’s centres and early years staff to ensure a holistic service focusing on improving health outcomes, reducing inequalities at individual, family and community level.
  • To improve the health and wellbeing of children and reduce inequalities in outcomes as part of an integrated multi-agency approach to supporting and empowering children and families
  • To ensure a strong focus on prevention, health promotion, early identification of needs, early intervention and clear packages of support
  • To ensure delivery of the HCP to all children and families, including fathers, starting in the antenatal period
  • To identify and support those who need additional support and targeted interventions, for example, parents who need support with parenting and women suffering from perinatal mental health issues including postnatal depression in accordance with NICE guidance using antenatal and postnatal promotional guides
  • To promote secure attachment, positive parental and infant mental health and parenting skills using evidence based approaches
  • To promote breastfeeding, healthy nutrition and healthy lifestyles
  • To promote ‘school readiness’ including working in partnership to improve the speech, communication and language of babies and toddlers and working with parents to improve the home learning environment
  • To work with families to support behaviour change leading to positive lifestyle choices
  • To safeguard babies and children through safe and effective practice in safeguarding and child protection. This will include working with other agencies to intervene effectively in families where there are concerns about parenting capacity, adult mental health, alcohol or substance misuse, domestic abuse or child abuse
  • To develop on-going relationships and support as part of a multi-agency team where the family has complex needs e.g. a child with special educational needs, disability or safeguarding concerns
  • To lead, with local partners, in developing, empowering and sustaining families and communities’ resilience to support the health and wellbeing of their 0-5 year olds by working with local communities and agencies to improve family and community capacity and champion health promotion and the reduction of health inequalities
  • Prescribe safely and effectively from within the Nurse Prescribing formulary. As an independent and autonomous prescriber diagnose and prescribe treatment for a range of childhood conditions and smoking cessation
  • Attend all mandatory training and be aware of policies and procedures relevant to work bases
  • Autonomously organise, develop and monitor the effectiveness of child health clinics, post natal groups, behaviour management programmes as proved by need in conjunction with other services
  • Work within the NMC code of Professional Conduct and other regulatory documents including record keeping. Renew registration yearly
  • Provide and receive clinical supervision/ Preceptorship in accordance with clinical governance guidelines
  • Create and maintain an appropriate learning environment to meet educational and developmental needs of all team members including pre and post registered students and medical students
  • Infection Control – From the Professional Nurse Lead “Suffolk County Council staff are responsible for protecting themselves and others against infection risks. All staff regardless of whether clinical or not are expected to comply with current infection control policies and procedures and to report any problems with regard to this to their managers.”

Communicating & engaging with children, young people and their families, with colleagues and with communities. 

  • Work directly with children, young people and families using the Suffolk Signs of Safety and Wellbeing framework.
  • Where the role requires, acting as Lead Professional for named families, being the key contact with the family and liaising with other professionals to provide a joined up response.

 Assessment, Planning & Review

  • Use Suffolk signs of safety principles, disciplines and tools.
  • To participate in CAF, multi-agency assessment, Statutory Assessment and other relevant assessment processes and offer management oversight where required.

 Effective Practice

  • To work alongside children, young people, parents and families where there are early signs of social, emotional, health or behavioural issues to bring about sustainable improvement.
  • To undertake direct observation of practice, with effective feedback to offer quality assurance.
  • To obtain user feedback and involvement to improve service delivery.
  • Work within the service guidelines, statutory guidance and legal frameworks.
  • To respond to needs identified with the family by identifying and delivering evidence-based interventions as required.
  • To work with families with complex problems as lead professional as the role requires.
  • To support colleagues and partners to develop evidenced based practice.
  • Where the role requires, to have responsibility for effective supervision, PDR and mentoring of colleagues.
  • To offer consultation to support colleagues with complex cases where required.

Reporting & Accurate Recording

  • To maintain up to date records and data using electronic devices and systems and provide reports for a range of audiences.
  • Offer management oversight on prepared reports where required by the role.
  • Provide regular data analysis with trends and forecasts to support service delivery.
  • To oversee successful completion of Quality Assurance processes within team.

 Information, Advice & Signposting

  • To provide information and signposting for children, young people and families to relevant universal and specialist services in the local area and beyond where appropriate.
  • Have an understanding of information and advice available to the service user and encourage colleagues and partners to engage.

Multi-Agency & Partnership Working

  • Actively build relationships and networks with other professional groups and services in the locality.
  • To actively work in partnership with other professional groups to deliver a holistic service to children, young people and families.
  • To offer service representation at meetings where required.
  • Undertake appropriate referrals to partner agencies.

Managing Risk & Safeguarding

  • To identify and effectively manage risk and safeguarding concerns and escalate where required.
  • Where required provide management oversight/supervision of risk and safeguarding.
  • To undertake other tasks allocated by manager or senior colleagues, in keeping with the responsibilities of the grade:
  • Work in accordance with the Council’s statutory responsibilities, policies and service procedures and comply with equality and diversity policies, procedures and legislation.
  • Maintaining customer confidentiality in accordance with the Data Protection Act and SCC guidance, including responding to any known data breaches.
  • Engage in individual and group supervision with managers and practice leads, performance appraisal and consultation as required.
  • Where required provide effective individual and group supervision, including performance agreements.
  • Having regard to best value principles and monitoring within your area of responsibility.
  • Participating and co-ordinating, training and development opportunities, in order to improve knowledge, skills and effectiveness of self and colleagues.
  • To transport children and young people where required by job role.
  • To work in the homes of children and families and in a variety of other settings.

The practitioner will:

  • Be expected to use their experience, knowledge and skills in every engagement with children, young people and families to determine the level of intervention required.
  • Offer face to face, telephone and written support and information as appropriate to role.
  • Be responsible for keeping accurate and timely records of work with children, young people and families and writing relevant reports for a range of audiences, including senior management.
  • Be responsible for management oversight/supervision of staff and cases where required.
  • Manage a budget, where required by the role.
  • Be responsible for recognising and appropriately responding to safeguarding and risk issues.
  • Have access to a line manager for decisions that fall outside their delegated responsibilities.
  • Be required to organise own workload and supervise the work of colleagues within the team.
  • Identify and resolve problems, informing senior colleagues where appropriate.
  • Children, young people, families and carers
  • CYP Services    Children’s centres
  • Health Colleagues
  • Schools, Colleges, PRUs, Early Years Providers, GPs, Voluntary and Private sector providers, Mental Health Services, Police, National Offender Management Service, Prison Service, Courts and District & Borough Council leads.

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