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School Health
Band 5
Part Time 22.5hours per week
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NELFT NHS Foundation Trust
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£22,128-£28,746 pa pro rata (plus HCAS)
07/05/2017 23:59
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Health Improvement Practitioner

Band 5

NELFT NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts of its kind in the country. Providing mental health and community services across north east London and Essex, we are committed to making the most of opportunities to work across traditional healthcare boundaries to bring real benefits to our patients and service users.

Our core aim is to improve the overall health and wellbeing of local people. We work closely with other organisations and are continuously looking to develop innovative, integrated and comprehensive healthcare services that support people out of hospital where possible.

With an annual budget of more than £300million, we provide care and treatment for a population of almost 1.5 million people in their own homes, in health centres and in hospital. We employ around 6000 staff.

The extensive range of specialist services we provide means that it is possible to get a variety of different working experiences within the same organisation.

NELFT recognises its responsibility to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and to protecting them from the risk of harm. We expect all staff to undertake this commitment and applicants will be subject to recruitment processes that support this.

Thurrock School Health service is looking for an innovative and dynamic team player to join their team.
The Health Improvement Practitioner will be a key player in delivering a range of public health promotion activities and approaches within a school and community setting, delivered in a way that will have a positive impact upon the physical, emotional, sexual, social health and wellbeing of children, young people and families. The Health Improvement Practitioner will be an integral part of the school health team and will be a visible presence within designated schools, working closely with education partners across the locality. The public health preventative and intervention initiatives will reflect the key components of the Department of Health 5-19 Healthy Child Programme.
The Health Improvement Practitioners (HIPs) will work as a key member of school health service, contributing to, developing and delivering school and community interventions directly to children, young people and their families as directed by the service.

The HIP post will be expected to work flexibly to facilitate a number of group based activities and programmes relating to a range of public health and well-being initiatives for children, young people and their families. E.g. Sexual health programmes, weight management (prevention and intervention) support programmes, PSHE, regular Drop-ins, smoking cessation, and supporting the delivery of preventative emotional mental health and well-being as well as supporting the NCMP processes. Some of these programmes will be delivered out of core hours and will include evening and weekend work to support service delivery.

The HIP role will ensure that children and young people services, within schools, meet the ‘Your Welcome’ quality standards and proactively engage with children and young people to shape and evaluate service provision. The HIP post will be responsible for developing outreach capacity to engage with children and young people not currently attending school.
If you feel you have the knowledge and skills and want to make a difference, please apply.

This post will be subject to a probationary period. Internal applicants are exempt from the probationary period (unless you are an internal applicant currently part way through a probationary period or currently a bank member of staff).

At NELFT we set very high standards to ensure we provide quality services. We require prospective employees to carry out an online literacy and numeracy test, equivalent to NVQ Level 2. For more information regarding our assessments, please visit our website. If you are successful at interview for this post, you will be required to undertake an assessment for these skills during the pre-employment checks.
Successful candidates will be invited to attend an interview week commencing 22nd May 2017

This post also attracts payment for High Cost Area Supplement of 5% of the basic salary (with a minimum of £971 to a maximum of £1,682).

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Applicant requirements

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Jo Nelson
Operational lead

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0300 300 1530 option 2