Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SN Team Co-ordinator)

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Sturminster Newton
£35,392 to £42,618 a year p.a, pro rata
Closing date
15 Oct 2023
Are you a qualified Specialist Community Public Health Nurse - School Nursing with recent experience in a comparable role, looking for a change?

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust (DHC) highly values the contribution that the CYP Public Health Service (School Nursing) makes to improving outcomes for children, young people and their families, using evidence-based, early Intervention strategies.

As a Specialist Practitioner, you will lead and participate in the School Nursing core programme, as underpinned by the Healthy Child Programme and will work in partnership with children, young people and families, the Local Authority, Early Intervention Services, Children's Services, Schools and other Health Care providers.You will be required to work closely with neighbouring School Nursing teams pan Dorset, to provide services in response to identified needs, including supporting the delivery of ChatHealth

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Specialist Practitioner (School Nursing) to join and complement our Dorset School Nursing teams. This post is a permanent post of 30 hours per week, year round. The hours can be worked over four days with the core hours being 0830 - 1630 Tuesday to Friday (and no weekend working), however we can be flexible and consider a minimum of 22.5 hours per week

The successful candidate will be based at Sturminster Newton Medical Centre, to cover the North Dorset caseload and support the wider Dorset team.

Main duties of the job

To provide a high quality person centred approach to care delivery which always considers people's safety, privacy and dignity.

To provide specialist care and interventions, assessments, treatments and managing patients on a caseload, as part of the wider multi- disciplinary care team.

To provide specialist advice to others regarding the management and care of patients / service users.

To devise specialist programmes of care, as a team coordinator, for members of the School Nursing team and other professionals, to deliver and ensure they are delivered appropriately.

To plan, implement and review health improvement programmes in a range of settings.

Provide supervision, mentorship, training and clinical support to students and trained practitioners.

Employment in this post requires an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

About us

At Dorset HealthCare we're on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We're a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We do things differently here - it's one of the reasons the CQC rated us 'outstanding' in 2019. It's also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you're looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We're an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you'll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don't know. And you'll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification. When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

As part of our vision to have a skilled, diverse and caring workforce, Dorset HealthCare is working in partnership with The Princes Trust to support people getting into work, as part of this partnership, we are offering an employability service to support individuals between 16-30 years old with application writing, interview skills and other employment support. If you would like or know of anyone who would value this support please do contact dhc.wideningparticipation@nhs.net

Person Specification



  • Registered Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner School Nursing degree/diploma level
  • Membership of the relevant Professional Body



  • Recent previous experience within a comparable role
  • Experience of managing change
  • Able to demonstrate specialist clinical reasoning skills to assimilate information in order to make a clinical judgement regarding diagnosis and intervention.



  • Experience of providing clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Experience of devising and delivering training
  • Experience of leading and managing a team



  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of the organisation and with staff, patient/service users, visitors or external organisations both verbally and in writing in the exchange of highly complex, sensitive or contentious information which may require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.


  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities, e.g. organise own time and that of junior staff and learners, planning off duty rotas

Employer details

Employer name

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust


Sturminster Newton Medical Centre for North Dorset team caseload

Old Market Hill

Sturminster Newton

DT10 1QU

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