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Specialist Nurse - Looked After Children

Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
£49,178 to £55,492 per annum incl HCAS 15%
Closing date
28 Sep 2023

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Hounslow Looked After (LAC) Children's Service are seeking a dynamic and innovative Health Visitor / School Nurse to join the team.

This is a demanding specialist role requiring high levels of professional skills and practice and the ability to work as part of a team. You should have specialist knowledge of the LAC agenda.

You will have excellent Safeguarding and communication skills which can be demonstrated at interview. You will have experience of working as part of a multi-agency group.

We are able to offer:
  • Peer support
  • A comprehensive supervision and appraisal structure
  • Both internal & external CPD opportunities

Main duties of the job

You will play a key role in helping to improve the life chances of Looked After Children and promote outcomes for this vulnerable group. You will be expected to lead and co-ordinate on health issues, contribute and evaluate individual care programmes, develop and maintain collaborative working relationships and establish both effective systems and health promotion programmes for young people and their carers.

To promote and deliver a dedicated health service to children and young people who are looked after, working in conjunction with the designated doctors, relevant health services, foster carers, social services and the education department to ensure statutory health requirements and targets are achieved and health outcomes improved.

About us

Community healthcare is unlike any other part of the NHS. It's personalised care that helps people to retain their independence. It's the NHS at its best and the difference you make is truly tangible. Our colleagues often describe us as a family, and we know how important that sense of belonging and support is when you start a new job. It's simple - happy, engaged staff provide better services.

In 2018, we were named'Best Place to Work for Employee Satisfaction'by the Nursing Times. The same year, we won the Workforce category at the HSJ Awards. In the latest NHS Staff Survey results 2020, we had the best response rate amongst community trusts nationally.

We are the top community trust in the country on the theme Quality of care for the third year. We had the highest percentage of staff who felt they are able to deliver the care they aspire to and are satisfied with the quality of care they give to patients or service users.

Infection Control

As an NHS Trust we strongly encourage and support vaccination uptake as this remains the best line of defence against COVID19.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To provide a key role in the assessment of the complex health needs of Looked After Children and in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the individual programmes of care and health action plans.

To work closely with the Health Team for Looked After Children, statutory and voluntary agencies and contribute to multi-disciplinary and inter-agency decision making both for individual children and the Looked After Children population. To work as a Health Advisor for Looked After Children and Care leaver providing a service, which is accessible, flexible and sensitive, highly complex and challenging individuals needs.

To explore and develop innovative ways of working and communicating with Looked After Children and Care Leavers who are historically difficult to engage with.

To develop and provide programmes of public health for them to make informed positive health choices.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Specialist Practice qualification - Health Visiting/School Nursing or equitable
  • Experienced community experience working with vulnerable children and families, including children looked after and children placed on the child protection register
  • Knowledge of the fostering and adoption process.
  • Knowledge and experience of safeguarding procedures
  • Knowledge of child development and common health issues affecting children and young people.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the lifestyle issues that commonly affect young people including sexual health and drug misuse.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal



  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Analytical and numerate
  • Ability to perform without strict supervision and using own initiative, within set procedures, to achieve demanding timetables



  • Team player
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Self-motivated and results orientated

Employer details

Employer name

Hounslow and Richmond Community NHS Healthcare Trust


Heart of Hounslow

92 Bath Road



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