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Special School Nurse - Term time only

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£28,407 to £40,588 a year pa (pro rata)
Closing date
27 Sep 2023

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Nurse, Community nurse, School nurse
Band 5
Contract Type
Full Time
We are excited to offer an opportunity for a Special School Staff Nurse to join our West Sussex Special School Nursing team.

This post is a part time, term time only developmental contract. The successful candidate will be supported in their transition to special school nursing, and will be encouraged to complete the Band 6 development programme.

The post holder will work as a Special School Staff Nurse under the direction of Special School Nurses, working towards development to a Band 6 Special School Nurse. They will be allocated a caseload for one school, however the expectation would be to cover at other special schools as required to ensure that arrangements are in place to support children with medical conditions.

They will also be responsible for training and education of school staff to attain competence when providing the day to day care for the pupils. The post requires a flexible, motivated, enthusiastic individual who is a keen team player and is able to evolve the role to suit the needs of the children attending the schools.

Experience of working as a Special School Nurse in a special school environment would be desirable for this role but not essential.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide clinical and associated public health nursing of children and young people in the special school setting, in partnership with Community Children's Nurses, Community Paediatricians and other health professionals to ensure the provision of high-quality health care.

The post holder acts as an advisor within the children's community nursing team for training in mainstream school. They will liaise with clinical experts for the provision of specialist knowledge, skills and leadership as required.

The post holder will be responsible for advising and supporting school staff with the everyday health care needs of the children attending the special school. They are expected to work as an autonomous practitioner within their sphere of professional practice, working with the Head Teachers, the locality Children's Community Nursing team and the Community Paediatricians.

The post holder will be responsible for assessment of everyday health care needs the development and implementation of health care plans or intervention programmes as part of the school health care plan, for individual children, ensuring that health care plans are updated as necessary and that care is delivered according to the plan.

About us

The post holder will facilitate the learning and development of individual child specific health care needs for school staff, including competency based assessment and on-going support and advice enabling equity of access to education and health services. safeguard and promote the wellbeing of children in accordance with 'The Children Act' (1989 & 2004) and 'Working Together to Safeguard Children' (2013).

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT) is the largest community healthcare provider in Sussex.
  • Over 8,400 full time, part time and bank staff members
  • Medical, nursing and therapeutic care provided to over 10,000 children and adults a day
  • July 2018 Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating of 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features
  • Flexible working patterns offered across all services
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Accredited Level 3 Disability Confident Leader

Job description

Job responsibilities

Provide clinical childrens nursing and public health advice within the school setting.

Develop and implement care plans for children and young people with complex health needs and disability.

Identifying and providing child specific health care procedures training for school staff, including competency based assessment where required.

Use professional knowledge to provide evidence-based practice.

Contribute to single and multiagency safeguarding of disabled children, young people and young adults.

Make a positive contribution towards the development and implementation of child health improvement programmes

Support education staff in the West Sussex Healthy Schools Programme as advisors in health promotion.

Contribute to the development and review of clinical policies and guidelines.

Participate in the recruitment and selection process of new staff as required.

Provide nursing support to multi-disciplinary clinics e.g. nutrition/enteral feeding

Please see attached JD and PS for further information

Person Specification



  • RN Child OR RN Learning Disability
  • Degree qualification


  • Teaching Qualification



  • Significant Children's nursing expereince
  • Considerable experience of working with children with complex health needs , disability and palliative care
  • Experience of teaching and health promotion
  • Range of clinical competencies including : enteral feeding , seizure management, airway management , complex bowel and baldder management tissue viability and pressure management and recognition of the deteriorating child.


  • Experience of clinical audit

Skills and knowledge


  • Proficient in clinical assesment and care planning
  • Ability to recognise and take action in relation to safeguarding concerns
  • Understanding of mental capacity and DOLS
  • Broad and comprehensive knowledge of the developing child
  • Working knowlegde of relevent legislation
  • Ability to communicate complex and sensitive written and verbal information.
  • Ability to prioritise own workload and maintain care in times of pressure
  • Ability to develop implement and evaluate new working practices across education and health domains
  • Ability to delegate skills appropriately
  • Working knowledge of IT and new technologies
  • Evidence of the implementation of risk assessments
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a multi disciplinary team
  • Ability to reflect and critically appraise own performance
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex and sensitive information
  • CCommitment to young person centred care which supports choice and independence

Other Requirements


  • Abiltiy to travel to meet the needs of the service : full driving licence and access to a car with business use insurance
  • Ability to multi-task

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Manor Green Primary School

Lady Margaret Road


RH11 0DX

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