Former Employee SCPHN Lecturer & trainer
Trainer and Assessor (Former Employee) – Student Health Visitors – 17 September 2018
I am an extremely experienced Health Visitor, previously a Senior H.V Manager and trainer, who has repeatedly struggled to obtain regular permanent work with Suffolk County Council who currently hold the tender for the Healthy Child Programme in Suffolk.
Not only do they pay their Band 6 Community Nurses £5,000 less than the rest of the U.K. but many of the interviews I have attended have been chaotic, and a "tick-box" mentality has been applied whereby there appears to be little room for creativity or "blue-sky" thinking and you are marked according to a set of "model" answers, even when some of these so-called "model" answers are in fact, clinically & factually incorrect!
As a result most of my experienced H.V colleagues are leaving Suffolk in their droves. I myself have been offered several Band 7 jobs in other parts of the country such as Essex and North London, but never in Suffolk which is frankly ridiculous considering my twenty years' experience as an HV, CPT Practice Teacher and SCPHN Lecturer and Trainer. Shame on you Suffolk County Council !
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