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Join us and make a difference to the lives of families and communities across both rural and urban locations.

The Public Health Nursing Service provides Health Visiting and School Nursing services across Devon. We deliver universal child and family health services, provide ongoing additional services for vulnerable children and families, and work to safeguard and protect children. The team is made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses, Staff Nurses and Community Health Workers.

Working in Public Health Nursing

Here in Devon, we strive to deliver an excellent service to the children, young people and families living in our community. Public health Nursing in Devon affords amazing variation allowing you opportunity to make a difference to the lives of families and communities across both rural and urban locations. Devon is varied with health inequalities and affluency which cross paths across the varied landscape. With two coastlines, Dartmoor and Exmoor, as areas of natural beauty we have an amazing landscape to frame your working day.

Our values and ways of working

We pride our service on being one that is innovative and progressive, with a real drive to focus on service improvement and to explore innovative ways to achieve this. Some staff tell us that people genuinely care about each other, and this is reflective of the community spirited nature of Devon as a whole.
Professional development is a high priority for us, and we provide a range of training opportunities and in-house expertise that will support your own professional development.

Career opportunities

There are a variety of roles within Public Health Nursing that are essential to the lives of families and communities across both rural and urban locations e.g.:

Community Health Workers

The Community Health Worker provides preventative and supportive health care to children, young people and their families. Community Health Workers integrate with the Health Visitor and School Nurses to support with the whole family assessment; as well as supporting parents with behaviour management, toilet training, sleep management and targeted episodes of care as directed.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors lead and deliver the Healthy Child Programme thereby improving outcomes for children and families. They will be supported by Team Leaders and various dedicated health professionals including Health Visitors, School Nurses and Community Health Workers.

Staff Nurses

Staff Nurses contribute to the Public Health Agenda, meet Public Health targets and reduce health inequalities in partnership with key agencies meeting National agendas. They promote the protection of children, adhering to the Local Safeguarding Children’s Board policies and procedures.

SCPHN – School Nurses

School Nurses actively lead teams both within Health Visiting and School Nurses and partner agencies where appropriate, e.g.: Advisory Boards of Children’s Centres. They work within corporate teams and be rostered to work in the Single Point of Access Hub covering a defined geographical area.

Career Opportunities within Public Health Nursing

  • Community Health Worker
  • Health Visitor
  • Staff Nurse
  • SCPHN School Nurse
  • SCPHN Student

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