Special School Nursing Junior sister

East London NHS Foundation Trust
£38,762 to £45,765 a year PER ANNUM INC HCA
Closing date
11 Jun 2023

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Job summary

Special School Nursing (SSN) Junior sister - Band 6: 37.5hrs/week - Maternity Cover

This is an exciting time to join our team within SCYPS. We have a vacancy in our special school nursing team, which sits within the umbrella of CCNS in Newham, London. There is strong nurse leadership within CCNS, with senior nursing team leads, clinical nurse specialists, practice development facilitator and overseen by the Children's Community Matron's. Whilst this role is working as part of a team, there is a high level of autonomy required due to lone working and clinical decision making that may be required when visiting CYP either in the education settings or home settings.

Whilst this role is working throughout the holidays and term time with the usual NHS annual leave entitlement, we are happy to consider term time only working if requested.

The special school nursing team will be supporting children and young people (CYP) with complex health needs to attend education settings alongside their peers. Newham has an inclusive school policy so many of our CYP with complex needs and profound multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) attend mainstream schools with resource provision, in addition to our special school within the borough.

We are looking for a paediatric nurse with a strong commitment to work in partnership with children, young people and their families in order to provide evidence based, holistic health care and make a positive difference to their lives.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be expected to work as an autonomous member of the special school nursing team, managing a defined caseload of children and young people with complex health care and medical needs within the school and community setting. The post holder will be responsible for assessing holistic health needs, negotiating heath care plans and support in the implementation of specialist nursing care.

About us

Our mission is to make a positive difference to people's lives by improving the quality of life for all we serve. Our values are: We Care, We Respect, We are Inclusive - so we are looking for people who live and breathe these qualities when supporting service users and carers, and in their relationships with colleagues in the Trust and our partner organisations.

The team will consist of nurses, nursing associate and admin to ensure good case management of holistic needs across a cohort of schools. Junior sisters within the team will be working alongside allocated schools to provide case management, support and teaching of CYP with complex health needs. The post holder will need to have experience in specific clinical skills (tracheostomy, long term ventilation, enteral feeding, oxygen and airway secretion management) and experience working with CYP who have special education needs and disabilities (SEND). Being confident to teach and assess staff (registered and non-registered), plus provide ongoing supervision within the schools is also an essential part of this role. Good communication skills and effective team working are a must alongside a flexible and forward thinking attitude.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the Personal and Job specifications carefully. You should provide evidence in your application of the essential qualities required and why you would be an asset to our Service. We put all our patients at the heart of all we do.

Person Specification



  • RSCN/ RN Child Branch
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • 1st Level Degree (or working towards)
  • Mentorship module (or equivalent experience)



  • Experience in working with children & young people within the school or community setting
  • Experience of working with children with wide ranging health needs within the community setting
  • Experience of interagency working
  • Experience in delivery of clinical teaching for a range of nursing interventions
  • Experience of supporting children and families through the child protection process
  • Experience in supporting children with special educational needs and disability


  • Experience of supporting children & young people with complex conditions as a lone worker

Knowledge and Skills


  • Knowledge and understanding of the child health needs of a racially and culturally diverse population
  • Ability to carry out clinical role effectively without continuous supervision
  • Sound knowledge and skills in paediatric nursing, including enteral, respiratory, oxygen tracheostomy and long term ventilation (LTV)
  • Excellent organisational and time management skills and ability to facilitate these skills in others
  • Ability to work flexibly, prioritise and respond to changing demands in workload.
  • Able to actively participate in professional meetings
  • Be computer literate for IT processors e.g. Word, Powerpoint, email, RiO.
  • Maintain contemporaneous record keeping using excellent communication skills including an ability to write concise and comprehensive reports
  • Ability to assess, advise and refer appropriately in situations involving complex needs.
  • Effectively uses specialist knowledge and communication skills to initiate and sustain open interactions, recognising the individual and collective needs of clients and other professional agencies
  • Effectively uses specialist knowledge and communication skills to initiate and sustain open interactions, recognising the individual and collective needs of clients and other professional agencies
  • Ability to deal with complaints sensitively, avoiding escalation where possible.

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