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Healthy Child Programme Officer ENTRY LEVEL

Healthy Child Programme Officer ENTRY LEVEL

Posted 13 September by University of London (T/A Careers Group)
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Job Title for Placement: Healthy Child Programme Officer

Start/end date of placement (approx):8th October 2018. 6 months

Interviews to be conducted on the week commencing the 1st of October 2018.

The role of the Intern is to provide high-level support in an area that requires a short-term resource.

The role is for Haringey Council.

Other key people/teams with whom the graduate would be working:

Public Health - Assistant Director Public Health, Children and Young People commissioners, Public Health

Children's Services - Early Help team and the Early Years Quality Team

Commissioning Unit - Early Years Commissioner

Whittington Health NHS Trust- Health Visiting Service and School Nursing

Haringey Clinical Commissioning Group - Primary Care Team

Key deliverables

Public Health is concerned with improving the overall health and wellbeing of communities and addressing inequalities. It encompasses three broad areas of work and diverse activities:

  • Health improvement: this includes programmes that work with individuals and communities to improve life styles. Examples are: support in stopping smoking, encouraging physical activity and NHS Health checks.
  • Health protection: this includes protection against communicable diseases and use of legal or regulatory powers to improve health. Examples are: immunisation and vaccination against childhood diseases, cancer screening programmes and traffic calming.
  • Healthcare Public Health this incorporates the production and use of best evidence and a description of the needs of a community. It is about working with others to ensure commissioning and provision of health care is of high quality, equitable, appropriate to the needs of the population and gives good value for money. Examples include Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and design of evidence based care pathways.

Public Health's priorities are linked to the Corporate Plan particularly Priorities 1, 2 and 3.


The majority of the public health grant is spent on commissioning health improvement programmes and clinical/treatment services.

The Public Health Team are working on a number of programmes linked to multi-agency 'whole system' service redesign and commissioning e.g. the Healthy Child Programme implementation across Haringey, Healthy Schools Programme and Healthy Early Years.

Describe the projects the intern will be working on, including specific responsibilities?

Haringey's Public Health Team is responsible for commissioning a school nursing service, health visiting and the Family Nurse Partnership programme with an annual value of this commissioning responsibility to be over £4.8million.

The intern will have the opportunity to shape and implement a transformation programme covering;

  • the roll out of the evidence based universal Healthy Child Programme,


  • commissioning,
  • support embedding of the universal mandated elements 0-5 years Health Child Programme
  • support the implementation of school nursing service redesign
  • co-production with resident and school population involvement.
  • multi-agency working

This exciting programme of work is an essential part in delivering Priority 1 of the Corporate Plan - To give every child the best start in life along with being part of the Children's Services Early Help programme.

In order to deliver the universal 5-19 years' healthy child programme the intern will work on;

  • Project planning for Key programmes and interventions which contribute to the delivery of the commissioning responsibility and the 5-19 years' healthy child programme.


  • Support the delivery of a communication plan for the Healthy Child Programme;
  • Contribute to promoting the new school health service model centred on the Healthy Child Programme for frontline professionals and parents/carers;
  • Support the ongoing work of the healthy schools agenda
  • Engagement with schools/parents/carers to inform delivery;
  • Supporting the strategic 0-19 years Healthy Child Programme steering group and taking on tasks as appropriate.

Candidate requirements

Would suit a candidate with a degree in Social Sciences, Social Policy, Health Studies or similar

  1. Prior experience of working on project plans would be desirable
  2. Any previous experience of working on large scale projects and programmes
  3. Excellent IT skills including use of excel/ word/ outlook packages
  4. Proactive and able to work on own initiative


£372.40 per week

Required skills

  • Health
  • Programme
  • Project Management

Reference: 36108155

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