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Special Needs Nurse

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
Kempston, Bedford
£28,407 to £34,581 per annum, pro-rata
Closing date
24 Sep 2023

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Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an enthusiastic nurse who has a passion for supporting children and young people (CYP), and their families. Be part of a team of professionals who enable those with complex health needs and those with a learning disability to access their education, throughout their school journey, within a special needs school.

The successful candidate will need to be confident in working autonomously and as part of the multidisciplinary team to provide the best opportunities for CYP to access school safely.

(Please note that should we receive a high number of applications, we reserve the right to close the advert earlier than advertised)

Main duties of the job

We work with CYP, their families and partnership agencies to support and train school staff to ensure they are competent to manage the health and care needs of CYP attending special needs schools. We provide advice to the school staff to understand the CYP's condition and how this can be managed during the school day.

We work alongside other health agencies, to ensure that the CYP is having their health needs managed, to promote better health and improve school attendance.

We also play a key role in the safeguarding process, working alongside colleagues in education and children's social care.

If you have experience of working with children with complex health needs within a health, educational or social care setting, would like to use and build upon existing knowledge and skills, enjoy training others and working within a supportive and friendly team then this could be the perfect role for you.

More details regarding the role can be found in the job description.

Our main office base is in Kempston and the schools we support are based across Bedfordshire. There will be some expectation to travel across sites during the working day.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of England that enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highly in the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as a leading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement and development.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To enable CYP with complex needs to access education within special school settings.
  • Support CYP at special schools with management of long-term conditions.
  • To follow Healthy Child programme for CYP with disabilities and their parents/carers to improve health outcomes and work collaboratively with the 0-19 team.
  • Participate in the assessment of health need, implementation and evaluation of health assessments and specialist care plans to meet the needs of the individual CYP to enable them to remain in education.
  • Provide health education information to the CYP and family/carers/education staff, to promote a healthy lifestyle.
  • Advise and support education staff to implement clinical care plans.
  • Provide a package of training to enable education staff to support CYP with specific conditions to attend school.
  • To perform clinical nursing procedures as required and to provide support to educational staff to enable them to respond appropriately to emergency situations.
  • To facilitate onward referrals to other services as required. Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust: providing services across Cambridgeshire, Milton Keynes Luton, Norfolk, Peterborough, Bedfordshire and Suffolk
  • Undertake ongoing caseload reviews.
  • To participate in health and medication reviews as an advocate for the CYP and family to ensure the health care plan takes into account and supports access to day-to-day activities.
  • To facilitate transition of a child with SEND to adult services, following an agreed pathway.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Evidence of continuous registration on the Nursing Midwifery Council Register
  • RSCN, RN Child Branch, Learning Disability Nurse or RGN with transferable skills


  • Practice assessor qualification

Knowledge & Skills


  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills and the ability to communicate with a range of people on a range of matters in a form that is appropriate to them and the situation
  • Supervisory Skills
  • Presentation skills


  • Demonstrable knowledge of normal child development



  • Understanding of Community Nursing Awareness of multi-agency working
  • Ability to be innovative and resourceful.
  • Evidence of ability to plan care to meet the needs of the CYP.


  • Quality/Audit initiatives
  • Evidence of relevant post registration experience
  • Awareness of risk assessment, relevant legislation, Health and Safety issues

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


Woburn Court

Railton Road

Kempston, Bedford

MK42 7PN

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