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Specialist Health Improvement Practitioner
  • Employer: Medway Council
  • Reference: REC507RS
  • Published: Wed 31/03/2021, 15:20 PM
  • Closing on: Wed 28/04/2021, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours
  • Salary: Range 5 (£32,207 - £38,023) per annum
  • DBS Check: Yes
  • Location: Medway Council, Gun Wharf, Dock Road, Chatham, Kent ME4 4TR, Kent

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Specialist Health Improvement Practitioner

Please note this is fixed term contract to cover maternity leave for 1 year.

Do you have the ability to inspire and motivate children and families to make changes to their lifestyles? Do you have excellent communication and people skills and enjoy working with the public? If you have a passion for healthy lifestyle and the knowledge and skills in behaviour change interventions, then this role could be for you.

The Supporting Healthy Weight Team are recruiting to this role that will support those complex, most vulnerable young children and their families/carers to lead healthier lives.

The project will encompass a whole family approach, and offer practical support for those who may be living with increased levels of poor mental health, who are physically inactive, practice poor eating habits, and who may struggle with parenting issues. This role will be key to getting to understand the behaviours and lifestyle of the family.

The postholder will also be responsible for the co-ordination of multidisciplinary team meetings and will be the key point of contact with the psychotherapy service.

Partners may include the following: Social Care, Community Health, School Nurses, Public Health, Dieticians, Mental Health teams and staff at the Acute trust such as Paediatricians. 

Essential Qualifications

  • Registered Nursing qualification or equivalent clinical professional qualification
  • Qualification or Experience of working with children and families
  • Evidence of continual professional development.

Desirable Qualification

  • Sohilhull Approach parenting training.
  • Motivational Interviewing and Behaviour change training.

In return we offer you:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement
  • Generous local government pension scheme package
  • Access to wider training and development qualifications
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Travel plan discounts
  • Access to CAREFIRST advice & counselling service
  • Employee discount scheme for national and local retailers
  • Assisted car purchase scheme

Our organisation:

Medway is a unitary authority in the South East of England, made up of the towns of Strood, Rochester, Chatham, Gillingham and Rainham and more rural areas, including the Hoo Peninsula.

Situated in Kent in the South-East of England, the area has plenty of green spaces, excellent facilities and easy access to the national motorway and rail networks, facilitating superb transport links to London.

We provide all local Government services for a quarter of a million people, looking after education, environment, social care, housing, planning, business and much more - everything from frontline services such as rubbish collection and events like the Dickens Festival to work that goes on behind the scenes to ensure services in Medway run smoothly and cost effectively.

Working at Medway Council means that you get to be part of this journey working alongside talented, professional colleagues to drive forward change to transform the lives of our residents and the communities they live in.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please call Fiona Evans on 01634 333711.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Medway Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

For further information please refer to the Medway information pack available as a download or to view online

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

Please visit for information on how Medway Council put good practices in place to ensure employees and job applicants who declare mental health issues receive the right level of support.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.