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Hiring OrganizationKent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
Post NameSpecialist Community Public Health Nurse
Qualification An SCPHN qualification 
Employment TypeFull Time
Work Hours8 Hours
Salary GBP 32306 To GBP 39027 Per Year
Location Maidstone, EnglandUnited Kingdom ME16 9NT

Job Overview

Are you a leader with a passion for working with children and young people and public health? If so come and join us. East Sussex School Health Service is looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated, year-round.

Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (School Nurse or Health visitors wishing to develop their knowledge and skills working with 5-19 yr old)  to join our robust team of SCPHNs in the School Health Service.

As a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN)  you can make a real difference to children, families, and communities, in a variety of community settings. 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. A key element of the East Sussex School Health service is our targeted emotional health and wellbeing offer for young people.

Main duties of the job

Every day working as an SCPHN is different, including identifying needs, planning and implementing interventions as well as working with a range of local children’s agencies and professionals.

It is expected that all SCPHNs work some of their hours each week in the School Health One Point (SHOP) based in Polegate. The SHOP is the front door to the service where all referrals and inquiries are triaged, assessed, and the next steps planned.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • An SCPHN qualification 
  • School Nurse or Health Visitor wishing to develop their knowledge and skills working with 5-19 yr olds
  • Flexible approach to meet the needs of the service.
  • Be an effective communicator on all levels, with the ability to provide advice and resolve issues.
  • Be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Be organized and meticulous, with an eye for detail.
  • I.T literate.
  • Car owner/driver essential, subject to the provisions of the Equality Act, as driving around the county will be required

Additional Working Pattern: full or part-time

Working for our organization

We have a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients who are recovering from illness, in need of rehabilitation, or extra support to get them home. We are one of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, and we are rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC.

To deliver excellent local services and improve the health of our communities we need outstanding people who share our values (CARE):

  • Compassionate
  • Aspirational
  • Responsive
  • Excellent

Working for KCHFT won’t mean sacrificing family, friends, or interests. Join us and work flexibly, in a way that suits you and your commitments outside work. Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Our career pathways will help you achieve your aspirations.

KCHFT is committed to equality, diversity, and inclusion, as we know that this leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities and are treated fairly.

KCHFT has signed up to be a real UK living wage employer. This means from 1 April, the minimum salary we will pay is £9.90 per hour (excluding apprentices).

The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by more than 7,000 UK businesses that believe their staff deserves a wage that meets everyday needs – like the weekly shop, or a surprise trip to the dentist.

Making a commitment to paying the real UK Living Wage is in alignment with our values into an action approach. Find out more about the community difference here.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

The attached job description and person specification give you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still, have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert. We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible.

A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job. If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate. Interviews are due to take place virtually on the 1st of September.

Good luck! We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated.

In this way, we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Registered health care professional (NMC registration)
  • Health-related degree and evidence of relevant post-graduate development at Level 6
  • Evidence of Specialist qualifications relevant to the area of practice – Specialist Community Public Health Nurse

Desirable criteria

  • PRINCE 2 or Equiv. project management training
  • PTLLS/DTLLS, PGCE, or Certificate in Education
  • Management or supervisory qualification or experience of study
  • Working towards Master level study


Essential criteria

  • Minimum of 2 years experience in the area of practice
  • Practical experience in managing health-related projects/complex caseloads
  • Supporting others (mentor/educator/supervisor) experience

Desirable criteria

  • Experience in leading and managing teams
  • Experience with the use of Microsoft Office and a variety of IT packages (EPay / E-roster/ AT-P/ CIS)


Essential criteria

  • Understanding of National Service Frameworks and NICE guidance relevant to care setting and its application across health care services
  • Evidence of continued relevant professional development and implementation in practice within the last 12 months

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria

  • Understanding of training needs in relation to post
  • Ability to manage time effectively, priorities, and work under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively with a variety of people at all organizational levels across different sectors including areas of social deprivation
  • Ability to communicate complex, sensitive information to individuals and groups
  • Strong influencing and negotiating skills

Personal Attributes

Essential criteria

  • Ability to motivate and organize others to ensure best practice.
  • Ability to manage and lead change
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Flexible and adaptable

Ability to manage

Essential criteria

  • Able to support the implementation of local and national agendas for health under the guidance of the senior Practitioner
  • Ability to prioritize care delivery in a professional manner, taking into account Trust policies and procedures.
  • Ability to manage own time effectively.

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