Student Health Visitor (SCPHN)

Application ends: March 31, 2023
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Job Description

Student Health Visitor (Specialist Community Public Health Nurse -Health Visitor) with guaranteed ongoing employment subject to successful completion of the course.

**Interview date will be 4thMay**

Previously shortlisted candidates in 2023 need not apply.

Are you a Registered Nurse or Midwife with a special interest and commitment to improving the Health and Social outcomes for children and families? Harrogate District Foundation Trust is currently recruiting to full time Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor student posts), to commence training in September for 52 weeks. At the end of the training and on successful SCPHN registration with NMC, you will be guaranteed a health visiting post in one of our Trust’s Health Visiting teams in the North East. The training is full time for the initial 52 weeks, however consideration will be given to part time working hours on securing HV post.

We have vacancies in Durham, Sunderland, Gateshead, Middlesbrough, Stockton, Darlington and Northumberland.

As a Health Visitor you can make a real difference to children, families and communities. You will play a fundamental role in the development of the Healthy Child Programme, promoting child development, safeguarding children, preventing social exclusion and deprivation and tackling important public health issues. Every day working as a Health Visitor is different, with responsibilities including home visits, running support groups for parents and working with a range of local children’s agencies and professionals.

Health Visitors have the opportunity to work flexibly in the community and are a crucial part of the healthcare team. It is a diverse role which involves being part of a wider team that provides you with support as you work to improve the health of local families.

At Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust we provide outstanding care to both our patients and our staff. We support staff through benefits, health and wellbeing initiatives and opportunities for personal and professional development.

  • An inclusive and supportive culture our Trust encourages staff to bring their whole selves to work and active Staff Networks identify areas for improvement.
  • Staff Recognition – as well as regular appraisals, we recognise staff with our Making a Difference, Team of the Month Awards & Colleague Recognition Awards
  • Employee Support and wellbeing – we have a comprehensive Employee Assistance Programme, counselling service and fast track physiotherapy service for employees.
  • Staff Benefits – We have a range of staff benefits and schemes to support staff health, engagement, wellbeing and inclusion.


To be eligible to apply you will need to be a Registered Nurse or Midwife on parts 1 or 2 of the NMC register. You must also have 240 credits at level 2. The training is 37.5 hours full time with fixed annual leave dates, (no pre booked leave will be honoured). The course is 50% theory and 50% practice, with the academic element led by Teesside University. You will be expected to apply to the University once successful and sponsorship is dependent on achieving a University place.

Successful candidates will be paid Band 5, point 4, per annum during the 52 week programme and will move to band 6 on completion of the course and SCPHN registration with the NMC all posts will be full time for training.

What our practitioners say

“As a Health Visitor I see part of my role as ensuring children and young people have the best start in life working with a range of other agencies to support this makes the role interesting and rewarding.”(Karen, Health Visitor)

“Health visiting can be a challenging but rewarding career especially working with many families with complex needs. COVID has developed digital resources which is a positive but does not substitute the school required to complete a holistic assessment on a child and family.”(Lucy, Health Visitor)

“As a Health Visitor, enhanced communication skills are essential, not only to successfully work with families but also to address identified risk factors and work within multi agency teams to address safeguarding.”(Kati, Health Visitor)

Students will be aligned to a practice assessor in one of the footprint areas in the North East.

**Start Date 4-Sep-2023**

Internal applicants will need to discuss with service manager and have agreement regarding secondment; otherwise this will be a fixed term contract, however there is guaranteed employment as a Health Visitor on completion of course and SCPH registration with NMC

For further advice and information please contact Lesley Pringle 07392194131