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.

    Specialist Practitioner Student- Health Visitor

    Reading, West Berkshire

    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.

    Successful applicants will be placed with one of our Health Visiting teams for their practice placement. You must be able to demonstrate an understanding and passion for the role, the knowledge and skills required to work with families using evidence-based practice, effective leadership qualities, excellent communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team.

    This is run as a joint programme between Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and either Oxford Brookes University or Bucks New University. 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. Please ensure that you indicate if you have commenced the course previously in another university and the reason you did not complete.

    Following Covid-19 the course at Bucks New University will commence in September 2021, whilst Oxford Brookes will start in January 2022.

    About the Job  

  • 12-month fixed term sponsorship contract, full time only
  • AfC Salary –  Band 5 up until £26,970 per annum 
  • Blended learning opportunities between the university, practice placement and study days
  • Specific additional training during the course e.g. Solihull Approach, BFI training
  • 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.
  • Some of the benefits of joining our team:  

  • A supportive and diverse environment for learning
  • Support throughout the course from Community Practice Assessors with knowledge and experience of supporting post registration practice education
  • Enthusiastic and proactive teams that strive for excellence in all areas of practice
  • Advanced IT enablement and support 
  • Working pattern 9am-5pm Monday to Friday
  • A strong emphasis on your work, life balance
  • Confidential telephone care service providing independent support and advice for staff.
  • And so much more 
  • The 4 “must haves” for you to be considered for this role:  

  • Current registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse or Midwife
  • Meet the university entrance requirements
  • A valid UK full driving license
  • Car driver with ability and readiness to travel to multiple sites
  • Berkshire Healthcare has a record of achievement and success that places us as one of the best performing Trusts in the country. We are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, we have a history of strong financial performance and we have a highly skilled and engaged workforce. We aspire to be an outstanding organisation for everyone: our people, our patients, their families, and their carers. For our people who work here that means we want Berkshire Healthcare to be a great place to work where everyone can thrive and grow.

    If you recognise yourself in these requirements, we recommend you apply today!

    Additionally, applicants should submit the following in their supporting statement:

    An academic piece of work fully referenced (Harvard) approximately 1000 words (+/- 10%) which will also be used as part of the shortlisting process on the following subject.

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

    We are happy to answer any questions that you may have. Please don’t hesitate to call Fiona Howell on 07768 987992 / who’ll be delighted to help. 

    Berkshire Healthcare helps people manage their health in their local area, through a range of specialist and community services across the county. We promote independence and quality of life through community and mental health services and aim for seamless delivery of the best care in the right place. We get to know communities and the people in them so we can deliver the best services that meet their health needs.

    Our team of 4,300 staff provide specialist mental health and community health services to a population of around 900,000 within Berkshire. We provide healthcare to people in their own homes and from different sites across the county.

    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.

    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.

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