Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust is looking to recruit new Student Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHNs) to support children, young people and families living in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

The roles are open to qualified nurses looking for a new challenge and professional development opportunity.

The student SCPHNs would be based in the Healthy Together Service, which provides health visiting and school nursing services to those aged 0-19 in Leicester City and 0-11 in Leicestershire and Rutland. The  service delivers the Healthy Child Programme within the community, schools and family homes, with key contacts beginning antenatally, progressing through early years and into school years.

What training is available?

Those who are successful will get a one year funded Post Graduate Diploma SCPHN Health Visiting or School Nursing course with University of Northampton, and practice placements across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

Recruits will be offered a full time, fixed term contract on the Band 6 Training annex, with Public Health Nurse Health Visitor or School Nurse posts available on successful completion of the SCPHN programme and registration on part 3 of the NMC register.

Find out more about the course on the University of Northampton website.

How to find out more

You are welcome to attend an information event which will take place on Thursday 29 February from 2.30pm-4.30pm at Bridge Park Plaza, Bridge Park Rd, Thurmaston, Leicester LE4 8BL. To book your place, please email lindsey.franks@nhs.net .

How to apply

To apply for a funded place for the Post Graduate Diploma Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) Health Visitor or School Nurse, please visit NHS Jobs. 

The closing date is 17 March 2024.

What do previous SCPHN students have to say about the diploma?

“The SCPHN programme has provided me with a greater understanding of the theory behind the health needs of the school aged child and young person, which I have been able to implement into practice. With this knowledge, I have a more in-depth insight into the expectation of my role as a school nurse and feel more equipped to deliver a higher standard of care to benefit my service users and colleagues. Would highly recommend this journey to becoming a Specialist Public Health Nurse.”

“The SCPHN course is a tough course to do; however, you will not be disappointed as the amount of knowledge, learning and amazing university buddies you will make along the way will make the course well worth it. Additionally, the qualification is for life and will open many doors.”

“The SCPHN programme allowed me to further my career in school nursing, learning and applying the theory behind our practice in the role. Being a school nurse allows me to take a holistic view of children’s health and development, supporting them and their families with a range of health needs. I particularly enjoy the autonomy of the role, which allows me to feel I am advocating for the service users and developing future services.”

“Don’t be put off by the course through a disability; the course tutors and supporting staff will help you get through. It’s not easy, but life isn’t easy. Dream big and make your dreams become reality and hold onto the positives.”

Find out more about what it’s like to be a school nurse from our staff members