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Become an Healthy Child Programme Officer
Are you a Graduate with a degree in Social Sciences, Social Policy, Health Studies, or something similar? Do you have a good understanding of the Healthy Child Programme? Are you looking for the perfect opportunity to work in Local Government? If this sounds like you then please see below.
What you will be doing
Haringey are looking for a Graduate to join their Public Team. This is an exciting internship as the graduate will gain experience of the wider determinants of health for children and their families and the commissioning responsibility of the council. This will be a real opportunity to make a difference.
Public Health is concerned with improving the overall health and well being of communities and addressing inequalities. It encompasses three broad areas of work and diverse activities.
Core duties and responsibilities for the role:
• Health improvement: this includes programmes that work with individuals and communities to improve life styles. Examples are: support in stopping smoking, encouraging physical activity and NHS Health checks.
• Health protection: this includes protection against communicable diseases and use of legal or regulatory powers to improve health. Examples are: immunisation and vaccination against childhood diseases, cancer screening programmes and traffic calming.
• Healthcare Public Health: this incorporates the production and use of best evidence and a description of the needs of a community. It is about working with others to ensure commissioning and provision of health care is of high quality, equitable, appropriate to the needs of the population and gives good value for money. Examples include Joint Strategic Needs Assessments and design of evidence based care pathways.
Public Health’s priorities are linked to the Borough Plan, particularly the priorities on People and Place. The majority of the public health grant is spent on commissioning health improvement programmes and clinical/treatment services.
The Public Health Team are working on a number of programmes linked to multi-agency ‘whole system’ service redesign and commissioning e.g. the Healthy Child Programme implementation across Haringey, Healthy Schools Programme and Healthy Early Years and Early Help.
Projects you will be working on
Haringey’s Public Health Team is responsible for commissioning a school nursing and health visiting services with other public health contracts with an annual value of this commissioning responsibility to be over £4.8million.
The intern will have the opportunity to shape and implement a transformation programme:
• To support the embedding of school nursing service redesign (see the 5-19 years Healthy Child Programme).
• To support the development of 0-19 integrated pathway.
• To provide dedicated support to 0-19 pathway/ service implementation for joined up, integrated working.
• To support embedding of the universal mandated elements of the 0-5 years Health Child Programme.
• Co-produce with resident and school population involvement.
• To undertake relevant research to support evidence base for commissioned services.
This exciting programme of work is an essential part in delivering the People Priority within the Haringey Borough Plan – A Haringey where strong families, strong networks and strong communities nurture all residents to live well and achieve their potential.
In order to deliver the universal 0-19 years Healthy Child Programme, the intern will work on:
• Project plans for key programmes and interventions which contribute to the delivery of the commissioning responsibility for 0-19 years Healthy Child Programme.
• Co-ordinating schedules of planned meetings, including necessary documentation to inform the meeting/s.
• Analysing public health data and producing in a relevant format.
• Undertake small to medium scale research to inform service needs and development.
• Support the delivery of a communications plan for the Healthy Child Programme.
• Contribute to promoting the new school health service model centred on the Healthy Child Programme for frontline professionals and parents/carers.
• Support the ongoing work of the Healthy Schools agenda.
• Engage with schools/parents/carers to inform delivery.
• Support the strategic 0-19 years Healthy Child Programme steering groups and take on tasks as appropriate.
What you will have and gain
As a graduate completing this internship will mean you will have produced:
• Ongoing delivery and development of a communication plan.
• Contributed to the design of resources for professionals and parents.
• Contributed to, and supported the implementation and embedding of, the new 5-19 years service model (with support and leadership of the Senior Public Health Commissioner).
• Draft and co-present briefings/ presentations to relevant councillors, lead member for children and the Deputy Chief Executive.
Learning and Development Benefits
• The intern will be able to attend London wide workshops on the 0-19 year old agenda these provide good networking opportunities and chances to share learning.
• There may also be opportunities to attend national conferences on the 0-19 HCP agenda – yet to be identified.
Would suit a candidate with a degree in Social Sciences, Social Policy, Health Studies, or similar
• Prior experience of working on project plans would be desirable.
• Any previous experience of working on large scale projects and programmes.
• Excellent IT skills including use of Excel/ Word/ Outlook packages is essential.
• Proactive and able to work on own initiative.
• A good understanding /knowledge of the Healthy Child Programme is essential.
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