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SCPHN School Nurse Apprenticeship

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £34,581 a year
Closing date
1 Jun 2023

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Job summary

This is a 52-week apprenticeship programme of education consisting of 50% taught theory and 50% practice that will lead to a PGDip Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Degree in School Nursing.

Successful candidates will be offered a permanent contract of employment and guaranteed progression to a School Nurse role with the Trust subject to successful completion of the SCPHN Apprenticeship Programme.

Successful candidates will study with leading degree apprenticeship provider MMU and will be expected to be able to travel to both their place of work/placements that will be situated in the Warrington area and the University. Therefore, a full driving licence and use of a vehicle are essential.

You will be joining an organisation that is both forward thinking and innovative with a strong commitment to training. If improving outcomes for children and families interests you and you would like to join a thriving, innovative service, which puts children, young people, and their families at the centre of all that they do, then we look forward to hearing from you.

In order to be considered for the post in addition to evidencing their nursing degree certificate all candidates need to be able to provide evidence of their maths and English qualifications

(Applicants must be able to evidence Level 2 English and Maths, prior to starting the course. This could be Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSEs grades 9 - 4/A* - C or equivalent qualification)

Main duties of the job

Students must successfully complete the 50% taught theory and 50% practice elements of the programme before they can register and practice as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse.

Throughout the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing programme, the student must experience practice in a range of different settings and areas of practice to enable them to develop understanding of the breadth of Specialist Community Public Health Nursing practice.

To develop an understanding of the principles of working in partnership with others to prevent the occurrence of needs and risks related to health and well-being.

Students must be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of local and national policies and how to apply them in everyday practice.

A brochure from Manchester Met University, providing more details about the apprenticeship programme, is attached to this job advert. This can be found in the supporting information section, and we strongly encourage applicants to look through this prior to submitting an application to these posts.

If you have any question relating to the post or eligibility requirements relating to the apprenticeship please use the contact details provided to contact the team prior to submitting your application.

About us

At Bridgewater, our PEOPLE values shape how we deliver our NHS services in your local community.

They help us deliver our mission to improve local health and promote wellbeing in the communities we serve.

After all, values are about people and they were created in partnership with our staff to reflect what they felt was important to them

Here at Bridgewater our shared values flow through the organisation.

P- Person-centred-We are passionate about individual needs and promote independence in the healthcare we provide..

E- Empowered- We empower our people and encourage new ideas to deliver and create improvements in community care.

O- Open and Honest -We behave in a way that develops relationships based on trust, openness, honesty and respect.

P- Professional-We support our people, so everyone has the right skills and training to deliver outstanding patient care.

L- Locally Lead -We are always learning about our communities and show great pride in being a local provider of health and care.

E- Efficient -We use our resources wisely to provide sustainable and value for money healthcare for our patients.

Unfortunately, we do not hold a sponsor licence for working Visas.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Clinical Practice

To enable the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing student to develop the skills and competencies to:

Provide comprehensive assessments of the health needs of clients.

Raise awareness about health and social well-being and related factors, services, and resources.

Raise awareness about the actions that groups, and individuals can take to improve their health and social well-being.

Develop, sustain, and evaluate collaborative work.

Collaborate in a multi-disciplinary environment to ensure children are safeguarded.

Develop capacity and confidence of individuals and groups, including families and communities, to influence and use available services, information, and skills, acting as an advocate where appropriate

Identify and evaluate service provision and support networks for individuals, families, and groups within in the local area.

Identify individuals, families and groups who are at risk and in need of further support.

Develop and sustain relationships with groups and individuals with the aim of improving health and social well-being.

Undertake screening of individuals and populations and respond appropriately to findings.


To develop the knowledge and skills that are essential to enable the Specialist

Community Public Health Nursing student to:

Communicate complex information to children, parents, guardians, patients, carers, colleagues, and other professionals acknowledging barriers to understanding.

Communicate condition related information to clients and relatives that requires empathy and reassurance for example issues relating to child abuse and mental health issues where there could be emotive or hostile issues.

Have the knowledge and clinical skills for assessing and interpreting any acute or other client focused problems giving advice and planning any further actions as required.

Utilise problem solving and analytical skills used to assess clients with complex assessments that also require interpretation and comparison to offer clients choice and ownership of care.


To develop the knowledge and skills that are essential to enable the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing student to:

Lead and manage projects to improve the health and well-being of a defined population.

Develop the knowledge and skills required to support change Management

Develop the knowledge and skills required to manage teams, individuals, and resources ethically and effectively.

Clinical Governance / Quality

Students must adhere to the sponsoring/seconding organisation policies and procedures and the University of Chester regulations.


Maintain professional accountability in all matters relating to client care.

Participate in the development of service standards.

Maintain knowledge on and participate when possible in quality initiatives including benchmarking and audit.

Develop, sustain, and evaluate collaborative work

Collect and structure data and information on the health and well-being and related needs of a defined population

Analyse, interpret and communicate data and information on the health, well-being, and related needs of a defined population.

Education and training / development

Students must undertake all theoretical and practice components of the programme within the given timeframe.

To undertake mandatory training as per requirements.

Professional Responsibility

The post holder must maintain patient records according to NMC guidelines

Be aware of and act in accordance with the NMC Code Standards of conduct, performance and ethics for Nurses and Midwives.

To work within university regulations pertaining to academic work and student conduct.

To work within Bridgewater organisation policies as they pertain to the relevant clinical setting

To work within Bridgewater organisational policies relating to employee responsibilities.

Person Specification

Skills and Attributes


  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Ability to plan and organise own work
  • Ability to study independently at Level 6/7
  • Ability to work cohesively within a team
  • Understanding of the role applied for
  • Basic computer literacy skills
  • Sound knowledge of health policy relating to Primary and Community Care
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Ability to participate/facilitate group and project work



  • Current First Level Registration
  • Meet NMC Standards for entry for specialist community education and practice: All applicants must be a Registered Nurse or Midwife with 120 academic credits at Level 5 for BSc
  • Or 120 academic credits at Level 6
  • (APL will also be considered) for PGDip.
  • Up to date Professional Portfolio demonstrating evidence of reflective practice.
  • Evidence of Level 2 English and Maths, prior to starting the course. This could be Functional Skills Level 2 or GCSEs grades 9 - 4/A* - C)



  • Reliable
  • Innovative
  • Flexible
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Leadership potential


  • Ability to work with families and children Experience of working in community setting

Additional Criteria


  • The ability to travel independently across the Trust
  • Be able to adapt to student role/status
  • Provide an academic reference
  • Provide a professional reference
  • Do you have the right to stay and work in the UK without sponsorship (share-codes will be checked if applicable)

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