Become a health visitor in Croydon
Join our Health Visiting team and you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of thousands, in one of London’s most diverse boroughs.
Our Health Visiting teams are vital in helping to achieve our aims of reducing health inequalities and improving access to healthcare for some of our most vulnerable residents.
As a Specialist Public Health Practitioner Health Visitor, you’ll play a pivotal role in ensuring that young people living in Croydon have the best possible start to life, leading on the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme to families and children, as well as working in partnership with other health and care providers to identify and respond to the changing health needs of local people.
You’ll be part of a highly skilled team, managing a busy and diverse caseload and using your expertise to make sure the right support is provided as early as possible and providing individual support and advice for families in their homes.
You’ll also facilitate clinics and groups with different professionals, including early years’ practitioners, children’s social care professionals, GPs, school nurses, allied health professionals, and voluntary services to support the needs of children and families.
If you want to make a real difference to the lives of our young people, join #TeamCroydon today.
What it's like to work for Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Janet McGowan, Team Leader for Central West Health Visiting Team
“I support one of the largest and most diverse population of children and families living in Croydon, something that I really enjoy.
“For example, signposting parents to services that they can access such as the local children's centre, breastfeeding c afe for support with breastfeeding, and the Family Justice Centre, which provides support for some of the most vulnerable clients living in Croydon.
“I would highly recommend Croydon as a place to work; our team is full of friendly, welcoming and we treat everyone as equals. There are lots of training opportunities and support to help in career progression. No days are ever the same and there's certainly enough challenge with the population in Croydon growing rapidly .”
Jenny Stapley, Specialist Health Visitor for Perinatal and Infant Mental Health
“Croydon is an area of multi-cultural diversity with a rapidly growing, youngest population of the London Boroughs. There are many families facing adversity and challenging health needs, so every day is different in my role. I attend virtual meeting every week with the perinatal mental health team at Bethlem Royal Hospital and a member of the safeguarding midwifery team. We discuss all referrals that we’ve received, share additional information where applicable and liaise with colleagues in the Public Health Team about outcomes.
“I visit mothers and their babies residing in Croydon who are admitted to the Bethlem Royal Hospital Mother and Baby Unit. I then arrange joint home visits with their allocated health visitor upon their discharge home, providing additional support as required.
“I attend a multi-disciplinary team meeting for vulnerable women every month to discuss the most appropriate services available to support these clients through pregnancy and postnatal care and give support - ensuring the best possible outcomes for mothers, their babies and families.
“I also provide bespoke training packages for pre-registration student nurses to introduce them to perinatal and infant mental health and evidence-based training package. I also update health visitors, family nurses and nursery nurses to increase their knowledge and confidence to provide a high quality, competent and compassionate service when working with families, where there is identified perinatal mental ill health."