Health Practitioner

Salary: Circa £33,500 per annum.

Location: Bradford, West Yorkshire

Contract/Hours: Secondment / Fixed term (until March 2024), Full-Time, 37 hours per week.

Benefits: 29 days annual leave PLUS bank holidays, professional qualifications, excellent training and development opportunities, flexible maternity, adoption and paternity packages, up to 7% employer contribution pension, discount portal with your favourite brands and Blue Light card eligibility.

Vulnerable children in the UK need your help

Wherever you work in the Action for Children family, you’ll be helping to change the lives of the most vulnerable children in the UK.

Last year, we helped more than 670,000 children and families across the UK. From direct work in communities to national campaigning, we are focused on making sure every child has a safe and happy childhood, and the foundations they need to thrive.

Why Action for Children?

Working here is more than a job. Everyone in the Action for Children family is passionate about protecting and supporting children. It’s the sense of purpose that drives us every single day. Because we know that, when we work together, we can make a huge difference to bring lasting improvements to vulnerable children’s lives.

A bit about the role

‘Baby Steps’ is an educational programme designed to support expectant parents through the emotional and physical transition of starting a family. Our service provides support for pregnant women throughout the antenatal and postnatal periods.

You will be working within the community and from home, to meet the demands of the service. Flexible working is also a part of our work-life balance as a team.

How you’ll help to create brighter futures

We are seeking an experienced enthusiastic, proactive and self-motivated Health Practitioner to join our committed and supportive team! You will make a difference by:

  • Taking a lead role in ensuring the Baby Steps programme is delivered to the highest possible standard achieving the best possible outcomes for mothers, fathers and their babies.
  • Taking a lead role in ensuring pregnant women and their partners receive the most up to date and evidence based information on preparing for the birth of a baby and the birth experience.
  • Fulfilling the requirements of the Baby Steps Service Level Agreement.
  • Developing positive, respectful and responsive relationships with parents to enable children to have the best start in life.
  • Working with parents at higher risk of poor emotional wellbeing during the transition to parenthood, and more likely to struggle to provide sensitive and appropriate care for their baby.
  • Taking a lead on ensuring the quality and accessibility of our service for families with a wide range of risk factors associated with poor outcomes for children.
  • Working with a wide range of services and agencies to promote and publicise Baby Steps.

Let’s talk about you

We are looking for an energetic and dynamic forward thinker, confident in leading and bringing fresh ideas and inspiration to the role. You will find full job description attached job description details the requirements of the role but the ‘must-haves’ are:

  • A registered midwife or health visitor (or equivalent)
  • Extensive experience in managing Safeguarding concerns; you will be a lead Safeguarding practitioner in this role.
  • Experience of supportive care planning in relation to mental health concerns and signposting.
  • Demonstrable experience in providing support and guidance in relation to health priorities such as smoking cessation, drug and alcohol misuse and weight management.
  • Experience of working with vulnerable parents and those who don’t normally engage with services.
  • Experience of managing cases, in accordance with agreed procedures and completing assessments, planning and reviews to ensure positive outcomes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and engagingly.

Good to know

Application Process: There are five sections to complete: Personal Details, CV, Supporting Statement & Information, Equality & Diversity, Submission & Declaration.

Interview: Interviews are provisionally scheduled to take place at our service in Bradford early in June.

Diversity, equality and inclusion

At Action for Children, we’re dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace. We actively encourage applications from Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic and disabled candidates as they are under-represented within Action for Children. We want to take deliberate and purposeful action to ensure equal opportunity to all groups in society and for Action for Children.

Male staff are under-represented within our Children Service roles. We would like to encourage more male applicants for our Children Service roles.

Don’t meet every single requirement?

If you’re excited about this role but your experience doesn’t align perfectly with the job description, we’d love you to apply anyway. You might just be the perfect person for this role, or another role within the Action for Children family.