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Health Promotion Coordinator

Leadership & Management
Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Public Health
  • Policy/Strategy Development

Area of Practice

  • Adult Nursing
  • Children's Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Learning Disability Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Public Health Nursing

Settings

  • Community/Primary Care

Job/Role Summary

  • To coordinate & prioritise Health Promotion Activities in the Sperrin Lakeland Trust area
  • Ensure 'joined up thinking' in terms of need & service delivery
  • Ensure local voices & needs are heard at all levels
  • To proactively identify health promotion needs
  • Liaise with users, individuals and professionals both within & external to the health services
  • Encourage holistic health promotion thinking- encourage well being in its widest remit

 

Specific qualifications and experience required

  • Qualified Nurse / Health visitor
  • Post-graduate Qualification In Health Promotion
  • Health promotion experience
  • Good people/communication skills
  • Community development/facilitation experience
  • Good knowledge of local needs &/or engagement with local communities

 

Career Milestones

Through the experience I received during my post as a Health Visitor I learned to engage with clients regarding their health needs and then organise individual/ group/ community initiatives to meet those needs. I also learned how to manage case loads and my own time appropriately. I managed projects such as the Teen Clinic which won a Citizens Charter Mark. Being able to undertake, enjoy and attain the introductory module to health promotion as a stand-alone module was of particular value which eventually led to the completion of a Post-graduate Certificate in Health Promotion. The slow growth and development I received during my studies helped me have confidence in my own ability to take on a unique post and to manage & run a service, knowing that I would have to develop my role as I went, but had the strength to be accountable for my actions.

 

What attracted you to this job?

  • The wide breadth of work
  • The variety of working with people at all levels in society i.e. from individuals in disadvantaged groups to the DHPSS
  • The freedom to use my own initiative to drive the job

 

Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

  • Working with a wide range of people & groups
  • The variety within the post
  • Taking the lead to develop the service

 

Important success factors

  • Positive feed back from others
  • Success e.g. public recognition of projects that I have been involved in/ managed
  • Making successful projects self sustaining & long term

 

Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Talk to as many interested professionals & users as possible, fully discussing and debating ideas. Don't be bullied into putting a lot of time & effort into short term projects you know will not work. Network widely and team work widely, using all networking chances you get- networking underpins all your activity. Recognise that talking to a colleague is networking not gossip - but use these opportunities wisely. Take time to read & research widely. Support others & they will support you

 

Key skills that can be gained within this job/role?

  • Communication
  • Sound research-based knowledge
  • Networking
  • Ability to think on your feet
  • Confidence
  • Evaluation & research skills
  • Action planning
  • Project management
  • Assessing fully what is needed & proactively targeting the same
  • Working with others at all levels
  • Flexibility

 

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