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8 starting date September 2023

8 starting date January 2024

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

**Please note: we anticipate a high level of interest in this position and may close the vacancy early once a sufficient amount of applications are received. Therefore, please make sure you complete and submit your application at an early stage**

Trainee Health Visitor

One year training, commencing in September 2023 and January 2024, facilitated by NHS Lothian and Queen Margaret University (QMU), leading to a permanent Band 7 health visiting post on successful completion. (Annex 21 (U) applies over training year*)

An exciting opportunity for experienced nurses and midwives who are keen to pursue a career in health visiting and improve outcomes for children and their families. Successful applicants will commit to a permanent post that entails one-year of full-time study to undertake the Post Graduate Diploma in Person Centred Practice: Health Visiting (level 11) at QMU, Edinburgh, alongside practice placement in Lothian. On completion of the programme and registration on Part 3 of the NMC register, you will automatically progress to a Band 7 health visiting post. Successful graduates will be expected to consolidate practice within NHS Lothian for two years post registration.

An application is required via the NHS Scotland Jobtrain website

To apply you must:
Be an experienced nurse or midwife currently on the NMC register
Be free to undertake full time study commencing September 2023 or January 2024
Be available for interview during the week of the 15th to 18th of May 2023
Have the required academic credit rating/or evidence of recent study.

Academic criteria overview:
Degree obtained within last 5 years

= meets criteria

Degree older than 5 years + level 11 study within last 5 years

= meets criteria

Degree older than 5 years and no level 11 study. 1500-word essay if selected

= meets criteria

Degree older than 10 years + level 11 study in past 5 years

= meets criteria

No degree + level 11 study in past 5 years

= meets criteria

Degree and/or level 11 study older than 10 years requires discussion with QMU and an agreed outcome prior to applying

The supporting statement in part one of the application must include: your understanding of the health visiting role and evidence of appropriate transferable skills, experience and supporting CPD activity, including band 7 leadership and caseload management plus your motivation and rationale for applying to become a health visitor and to study at master’s level.
Please ensure that one of the two references requested is your line manager
Current academic status must be included in part 3 of the application to enable it to be assessed and progressed by QMU. This should include, for each qualification: the name of the academic qualification (do not include standard grade or Highers), the level of study e.g., Scottish level 9, 10 or 11 and the year the qualification was obtained. Any prior discussion and agreed outcome with QMU about academic credit rating must also be documented
If selected, you will be required to complete a short online application to QMU so that they can formally offer you a place on the academic programme.
Trainees follow the University calendar for all holidays during the course and cannot take leave out with this. Normal NHS leave is suspended during training.

  • Annexe 21(U): Trainees are paid at least 75% of B7 point 8, see separate sheet for terms and conditions
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by the 28th of April.

This post requires the post holder to have a PVG Scheme membership/ record. If the post holder is not a current PVG member for the required regulatory group (i.e. child and/or adult) then an application will need to be made to Disclosure Scotland and deemed satisfactory before they can begin in post.

For further information on what is included in the role and what skills/experience are being looked for, click on the links at the bottom of the screen to the job description and person specification. If after reading this information you have any questions please contact Carolyn Worlock (NHS Lothian):

Lisa Luhanga (QMU):

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