London Borough of Sutton
Health Visitor – Specialist Public Practitioner
Salary: Grade 8 £34,209 – £41,850 per annum (£43,860 unconsolidated maximum achievable through performance related progression) – Equivalent to NHS band 6
Contract status: Permanent
Hours: Full-time and part time hours available
Location: Flexible working and in the community
Our Cheam and South Sutton, Carshalton, Wallington and Central Sutton Specialist Public Health ( 0-19) service (health visiting and school nursing) teams improve outcomes for our children, focusing in particular on improving school readiness, mental health and wellbeing and our SEND provision.
The service delivers the Healthy Child Programme for children aged 0 – 19 year. We work closely with the iHV and offer the exceptional benefit of annual membership for our staff. Our service prides itself in active partnership working with the iHV; staff members are encouraged to submit articles related to innovation and evidence-based practice where opportunities arise.
Our service has 3 experienced practice teachers who support students and offer extended mentorship across our teams. We have 2 Practice educators, one of whom is a fellow with the iHV. Our Practice Educators actively work with the leadership team to support individuals and our service.
In addition to the above, we offer staff comprehensive training and encourage everyone to undertake personal development opportunities whether in leadership, specialist training around speech and language, children with extra needs, perinatal mental health, alongside personal preferences expressed by individuals to progress their interests and careers. We pride ourself in innovation and hearing staff voices in improving our service provision to the benefit of our resident population here in Sutton.
About the Role
Health visitors deliver the healthy child programme autonomously, assessing the health needs of the population and putting into place tailored packages of support and care to meet needs. They do this through an antenatal contact, new birth visits, 6-8 weeks development contact, 1 year development reviews and 2 year development reviews. We work very much in partnership with children centre staff, GPs, Social Services, Family Support workers and School Nursing and a range of other partners to support families here in Sutton. Our health visitors work to reduce health inequalities for children and young people and their families in Sutton and we pride ourselves as being at the heart of the Healthy Child Programme.
All newly qualified Health Visitors are offered a 6 months preceptorship period where you will have an allocated senior health visitor to support you. Post preceptorship, you will be further supported to develop your knowledge and skills in health visiting practice, and managing enhanced caseload.
To apply for this role you will need to be a registered nurse or midwife and registered as a health visitor. Experienced in working in partnership across professional boundaries, good understanding of the practice of safeguarding children and able to work autonomously with high levels of self motivation and able to work in a team setting.
We can offer you a supportive environment to grow and develop your career with the opportunity to put your ideas across. Innovation and ambition are strongly encouraged here in Sutton, and you’ll get a great feel for working in our friendly and collaborative environment.
We offer a modern and flexible working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly from our main bases, whilst on the move, and at home following the introduction of Google Chromebooks, Apps and technology, which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative, streamlined and flexible working.
We also offer a huge variety of staff benefits including:
We also offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, staff engagement forums, and inclusive staff networks who help drive our diversity agenda.
Before applying please refer to the Role Profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria outlined in the role profile.
Due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic, we will be conducting all interviews virtually through Google Meets. If you are successful after shortlisting, you will receive an invitation to interview to book a time slot then closer to the interview, you will receive an email with your Google Meet link from the manager.
If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity, please contact Mrs Adela Lamarche on or to request an informal discussion.
The London Borough of Sutton is Disability Confident Committed. We guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the advertised role and ensure that our recruitment and selection process is inclusive and accessible.
It is our policy to ensure that all employees are recruited, trained and promoted on the basis of ability, the requirements of the job and similar, objective criteria. All employees are equally encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities for training and career development. It is also our policy to ensure that no employee or job applicant should receive more or less favourable treatment on the grounds of race, nationality, colour, ethnic or national origin, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, religion, or disability in any matters to do with employment.
Closing Date: 23.02.2021
Interview Date: 03.03.2021
We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. Therefore, it is strongly advised that you complete and return your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.