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Health Visitor School Nurse

Public Health Nursing Services

We believe that the children of Cornwall and Isles of Scilly deserve the best. Our service has been rated by the Care Quality Commission as Good. In order to maintain and improve our service we need people who share our passion and motivation to continually improve our service delivery and who believe in integrated Children’s Services.

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Cornwall Council delivers the Public Health Nursing Services for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Public Health Nurses are qualified nurses with additional public health training and are known as Health Visitors and School Nurses. They have a Specialist Community Public Health Qualification (SCPHN) and lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme with the support of community nurses and family and school health workers (known as skill mix).

The role of the Public Health Nurse is to proactively search for, assess, identify and address the health needs of the 0-19 population. Public health nurses are professionally qualified nurses with the skills to undertake individual and community profiles to identify need. They work alongside maternity, education and children’s services, provide health and development assessments, provide health information, deliver effective, responsive and proactive, evidence based public health interventions, safeguard children and make appropriate referrals into other services to maximise and improve health outcomes for children and young people.

Public Health Nurses use strength - based approaches, building non-dependent relationships to enable efficient working with their population (children, young people and families) to support behaviour change, promote health and wellbeing, protect health and to keep children safe.

The Professional and Practice Team provides the Nursing, SCPHN, Professional Leadership and Learning Development competency framework for the service, and actively encourage staff to be involved in Practice and Policy developments. The service procedures provide a comprehensive benchmark of service delivery and is the basis of essential staff skills and knowledge This team includes Practice Teachers and an Infant Feeding Coordinator.