Specialist Community Public Health Nurse Student Sponsorship

Student Health Visitor Band 5

Posted: 2 years ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£24,907 - £27,780 Maximum payable is mid Band 5

Fixed term

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.


Children and Young People (CYP) Public Health Service

Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) Students (Health Visiting)

In Dorset we have a proven record of successfully training Health Visitors and School Nurses. Dorset is a beautiful county offering experience of working in rural as well as urban areas. Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust (DHC) has close ties with the University of Surrey and has gained an excellent reputation in the training of 0-19yrs Specialist Community Public Health Nurses -all of whom have acquired jobs in the NHS following completion of their course.

DHC highly values the contribution that the 0-19yrs CYP Public Health Service makes to improving outcomes for children, young people and their families, using evidence-based, early intervention strategies.

We have the opportunity to offer Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) Health Visiting training. The successful candidates will be appointed to a one year, fixed term training post at Band 5 commencing on 19th September 2022.

The CYP Public Health service is delighted to offer this exciting opportunity in partnership with the University of Surrey. The programme comprises 50% practical learning in a Health Visiting team within the county of Dorset and 50% academic studies. Students will be supported to attend the University of Surrey with mileage costs from base to University and accommodation where the student attends two consecutive academic study days. Students will be fully supported in clinical practice by a qualified Community Practice Assessor. The placement available will be in Weymouth, Dorset.

Entry requirements:

You must be currently registered as a healthcare professional to apply.

BSc (Hons) Students will normally hold a previously accumulated credit volume of 120 FHEQ Level 5 credits and 120 FHEQ Level 4 credits. Students who do not meet these requirements should seek advice from the Faculty as it may not exclude you from applying.

MSc: A UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. Please follow the links in the attached document for more information.

Interviews will be held on 28th April 2022. Applicants who are successful at the interview stage will then need to submit a formal application to the university.

For further details with regard to fixed term employment and practice experience provision by DHC, please Miriam Buckley, Workforce Development Lead on 07776 172042 or Miriam.buckley4@nhs.netor Barbara Watson, Workforce Development Lead on 07795 618419 orbarbara.watson4@nhs.net

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Miriam Buckley, Workforce Development Lead PHS 0-19yrs, miriam.buckley1@nhs.net, 07776 172042

Additional contact information; Barbara Watson, Workforce Development Lead PHS 0-19yrs on 07795 618419

Felicity Jones (Pathway Lead for Health Visiting) felicity.jones@surrey.ac.uk




What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from apps.trac.jobs. You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the gov.uk website.

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Job Reference

Reference: 152-Y079.21B

Closing Date: 2022-04-13

Interview Date: 28/04/2022

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