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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 24/09/2020.

Student Health Visitor

Job Reference: 371-CYP436-A

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
HV Implementation Plan - Students
HV Implementation Plan - Students, Wokingham
Up to £26,970 per annum

These are the values that we live by at Berkshire Healthcare:

  • Caring for and about you is our top priority
  • Committed to providing good quality, safe services
  • working Together with you to develop innovative solutions

We welcome people who share these values to come and work for us.

Please find attached the behaviour framework that underpins these values for this job role.

Student Health Visitor

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the community as a Health Visitor, working with children and families to improve their health and well-being?

Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust is delighted to offer suitable applicants, an exciting opportunity to develop their career by undertaking the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Health Visiting Course. This is run as a joint programme between Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and either Oxford Brookes University or Bucks New University. You will be paid a salary at Band 5, up to a maximum of £26,970. All university tuition fees are paid for you.

Health Visiting is part of the Children, Young People and Families directorate. The Trust has ben rated as Outstanding by the CQC in 2019 and our health visiting service is proud to fully Baby Friendly accredited.

During the course your time will be split between practical training within a Health Visiting Team and academic study. The practice placements are offered in Bracknell Forest, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

The course commences in January 2021 and is offered on a full-time basis only. Please ensure that you indicate if you have commenced the course previously in another university and the reason you did not complete.

The course is run at Degree level (Level 6 at Bucks New University) or at Master’s Level (Post Graduate Diploma - level 7 at both Bucks New University & Oxford Brookes). Detailed information about the courses can be found by accessing the university websites.

Applicants must be Registered Nurses or Midwives with an interest in addressing the health needs of children and families. Please ensure you read the person specification, to ensure you meet the minimum essential requirements of the post. Applicants must also be holders of a valid driving licence and have access to a car for the duration of the training.

If you are interested in a career with BHFT as a HV, we offer support throughout your training, and there is a requirement to take a substantive post as a Health Visitor when you qualify for a minimum period of 2 years, subject to availability of vacant HV posts within BHFT.

Important Guidance – PLEASE READ

Additionally, applicants should submit an academic piece of work, fully referenced approximately 1000 words +/- 10% long separately for assessing as part of the shortlisting process as per subject below:

Health Visitors and school nurses work with families and local communities to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families. There is increasing evidence of the importance of early interventions with families to support the general health and wellbeing of children.

“Meeting/identifying the individual needs of families in a diverse population”

Please submit your essays to:

For further details contact Fiona Howell on 07768 987992 or Amanda Lowe on 07780 687157. Applications must be made using NHS jobs website.

By submitting your application via NHS Jobs, you consent to BHFT sharing your application form with Academic Colleagues at either Oxford Brookes and / or Bucks New University

Interviews are held jointly with the university and will be held on 7th October 2020 via our “Teams” digital platform. All arrangements will be communicated by email.

We are committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics. Reasonable adjustments will be made for disabled applicants where required.

After applying via NHS Jobs, your submitted application will be imported into our preferred Third party recruitment system. All subsequent information regarding your application will be generated from You will not be able to track the progress of your application or receive messages through the NHS Jobs website, and furthermore, that as an employer, we will not be able to respond to any e-mails sent to us via the NHS Jobs website. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust transferring the information contained in this application to its preferred applicant management system. If you are appointed to a post information will also be transferred into the national NHS Electronic Staff Records system.

Appointment to any position is conditional on the satisfactory completion of the core NHS Employment Checks Standards. Information disclosed in your application will be checked and any offer of appointment may be withdrawn if you knowingly withhold information or provide false or misleading information.

The Trust may close any vacancy prior to the advertised closing date due to the high level of responses we receive for some of our vacancies.

Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust is committed to improving the health of its staff, patients and the wider community by providing a smoke free environment. A smoke free policy is in operation and smoking is not permitted on any of the Trust’s sites.

The Trust is also committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We follow safe recruitment practices to protect children, young people and vulnerable adults.


Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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