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SCPHN Health Visitor/ School Nurse Training (12 Month Course)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We at HCRG Care Group in Lancashire are looking to support the future of Health Visiting and School Nursing by offering the Specialist Community Public Health (SCPHN) course to passionate registered nurses or midwives looking to expand their knowledge and skills in public health.

As a Specialist Community Public Health Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to learn from experienced professionals and gain practical experience in a variety of community health settings. You will learn how to assess and plan the health needs of your local community and implement strategies to improve health outcomes.

You will join our team as a full time Band 5 Student Health Visitor or School Nurse with AFC terms and conditions including the NHS pension, then once you have completed the 12-month training, you will become a fully qualified Health Visitor or school Nurse with the ability to apply for band 6 health visitor/School Nurse role.

We are offering an education pathway in the form of SCPHN pathway with UCLAN (traditional pathway).

This service is due to transfer to Wirral Community Health Care NHS Foundation Trust (WCHC) later this year

Main Responsibility

The training is a one year full time course (50% theory & 50% practice) combining study and clinical learning in both university and practice placements.  The course is at level 7, and commences on 1st September 2024 – 31st August 2025

The university will provide the theoretical knowledge and skills to ensure high quality, evidence-based assessment, delivery and evaluation of care in relation to child/family needs and will include the protection of children.  Practice placements are across Lancashire and facilitated by clinical practice leads and practice supervisors within the 0-19 Service, who work closely with the universities to ensure seamless links between the theory and practice of these specialist roles.

The course runs for 52 weeks with 7 weeks of annual leave built into the course.  The annual leave is set by the university and is non-negotiable.

The Ideal Candidate

We are looking for a colleague who has:

  • Effective communication skills to support and empower families and young people, while being professional at all times with partner agencies
  • A flexible and reliable team player with the ability to prioritise and manage a busy workload and an approach suited to community working.


Entry requirements include:

  • Current nursing/midwifery registration and/or a nursing/midwifery degree (a minimum of 120 Level credits). If educated to diploma level, evidence is required to demonstrate study at level 6/7.
  • At least 1 year’s post registration experience and the ability to travel extensively across Lancashire and the surrounding areas to meet both the educational and clinical requirements of the course.
  • As this course/role plays a huge part within the community it is essential to be a car owner and driver.


On successful completion of the course, the post holder will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (Health Visitor/School Nurse) and you will be able to apply for band 6 SCPHN roles.  Although there is no guarantee, HCRG care Group would aim to fill any SCPHN vacancies with recently trained staff.


When completing your application please attach a document


  • Explaining, in no more than 500 words, why you are interested in becoming a Health Visitor or School Nurse and what skills/qualities you have that you feel are relevant to the role of the Health Visitor or school Nurse.
  • List your current nursing/midwifery qualification and if not studied at degree level, please detail what study has been achieved at level 6/7 (ie separate module)



If successful for interview you will be required to bring NMC PIN, photo form of identification (Passport or Driving Licence), Certificates of education (plus marriage certificate if surname different), proof of address and right to work document if required.


For further information please contact: 

Health visiting 

Clinical Practice Lead for Children’s Services (Lancashire)


School Nursing 

Clinical Practice Lead for Healthy Young People and Families Service (Lancashire)


Package Description

As a SCPHN Health Visitor /school Nurse Student you’ll be part of our valued team at HCRG Care Group 

You will feel valued as a SCPHN Health Visitor/School Nurse Student within HCRG Care Group, receiving access to exclusive rewards and benefits including: 

  • Band 5 salary with NHS Pension and full Agenda for Change terms and conditions
  • Membership of My Reward Hub, giving you access to discounts on every day purchases like grocery shopping as well as cashback and voucher offers for treats for you and those special to you
  • Access to your wages as you earn them to help cover life’s emergencies and avoid overdraft fees or high interest rates
  • Online and face to face help with your mental and physical wellbeing – from healthy recipes and activity challenges through to post trauma support, legal, debt and life management help, as well career coaching and counselling 
  • Access to eLearning, bespoke career pathways and opportunities for continuing professional development through our ‘Outstanding’ learning and development team, The Learning Enterprise 
  • An open, just culture where you’re encouraged to have and implement ideas which can help us deliver our purpose: changing lives through transforming health and care – backed up by at least £100,000 of ringfenced innovation funding each year  
  • The pride of working for an organisation committed to the highest clinical and quality standards: with the majority of our rated services holding “good” or “outstanding” ratings from the Care Quality Commission

About the Company

We change lives by transforming health and care. 

Established in 2006 we are one of the UK's leading independent providers of community health and care services, working with health and care commissioners and communities to transform services with a focus on experience, efficiency and improved outcomes. We deliver and transform adult and children community health services, primary care services including urgent care, sexual health, dermatology and MSK services as well as adult social care and wellbeing services. Across England, we support communities of many millions and directly help more than half a million people each year - guided by our simple values: we care, we think, we do. 

We're committed to equal opportunities and welcome applications from a broad, diverse range of people who want to join our team. We’re a Disability Confident Committed company, so we work to provide facilities, work environment adjustments and technical solutions to be as inclusive of everyone. 

While it doesn’t happen often, sometimes a role is very popular, and we’ll need to close it earlier than the date we’ve shown here. If you’re keen to join our team, we’d love to hear from you so please apply as soon as you can. 

As you’d expect, safeguarding and protecting the children, young people and vulnerable adults that we work with is of the utmost importance so we have policies and procedures in place to promote safeguarding and safer working practices and everyone who joins the team is subject to a safer recruitment process, including the disclosure of criminal records and vetting checks. 

Finally, we need to let you know that the company you’ll work for is part of HCRG Care Group Holdings Limited and by applying for this job we’ll need to process and hold information about you. If you would like to know a little more about how we use your information, please see our website's privacy policy. 

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