About the job:
We are seeking a Health Visitor to work for the children and young people service within Suffolk County Council. The responsibility of the children and young people (CYP) services is to ensure the safety, wellbeing and learning of children and young people. To do so, you will 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. The service is committed to continuously improving by working in partnership to ensure that work is of high quality and is effective. The service models the ASPIRE values - Achieve, Support, Pride, Inspire, Respect, Empower.
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. As a Health Visitor you will help to empower parents to make decisions that affect their family’s health and wellbeing. Your role will be central to improving the health outcomes for families 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.
This role is based in Ipswich or Lowestoft, Suffolk. Remote working options also available.
Responsibilities of the role:
- To work alongside other health professionals including early year practitioners, voluntary organisations, peer supporters, family nurse partnerships, midwives, GP’s 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 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 breastfeeding, health nutrition and health lifestyles.
- To promote 'schoolreadiness’ including working in partnership to improve 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 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.
What you'll bring to the role:
As a Health Visitor you will be able to demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills and knowledge of safeguarding. You will also have a broad understanding of children and young people’s issues and you will be responsible for health promotion, profiling case loads and assessing needs while providing a positive contribution to integrated care.
Qualifications and experience:
- NMC registered qualification
- Registered specialist community public health nursing -HV qualification
- Nurse prescriber
- Evidence of continuing professional development
- Health Promotion
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