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Senior Practitioner (School Nursing) - Youth Justice

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pro rata
Closing date
30 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified school nurse or health visitor who has the transfer fields of practice or is willing to undertake this course or experienced staff nurse.

The role is part of our Inclusion pathway within the Healthy Child Programme Service 0-19 which incorporates Health Visiting, School Nursing and Teenage Pregnancy Services. It is an exciting time to join our service and be part of developing and shaping services for babies, children, young people and their families.

This exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic, motivated and compassionate qualified nurse to join our developing pathway which reflects the need to be increase capacity to provide care and support young people who are in the Youth Justice system, to improve their health outcomes and life chances.

Main duties of the job

The Senior Practitioner (School Nursing) - Youth Justice post sits within the Inclusion Pathway HCP 0-19 and is part of the School Nursing provision. The post holder will lead on the provision of the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) to children and young people who are supported within the Youth Justice Service. The post holder will work closely with external colleagues within the Youth Justice Team and internal colleagues delivering care as part of the HCP 0-19 Inclusion Pathway

The School Nursing, Health Visiting and Teenage Pregnancy form the Healthy Child Programme 0-19 which deliver public health services to babies, children and young people and their families. The overarching aim of public health services is to prevent, promote and protect the health and wellbeing of children and families. They work with stakeholders across a number of settings and organisations to lead delivery of the Healthy Child Programme (5-19) to improve child health outcomes and ensure that families in need of help or at risk are identified at the earliest opportunity.

About us

This is an opportunity to start your career within the HCP 0-19 service. If you have an interest supporting babies, children and young people who are in care, in promoting good health, preventing ill health and protecting babies and children by delivering the Public Health agenda then this is a role for you.

It is an exciting time to join the HCP 0-19 Service within Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. The service has recently been transferred into the Community Division as part of Walsall's continued progress towards integrated working with our local partners. It is an opportunity to work within a Trust which has advanced levels of integrated working and a commitment to maintaining excellence within our Community Teams.

The Division has recently undertaken a review of the service and has a plan to ensure that the needs of the families of Walsall continue to be met as well as ensuring that the Service can evolve by developing and supporting all of its staff to meet these needs.

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust provides integrated acute and community Healthcare in the West Midlands serving a population of 260,000 residents.

We provide high quality, friendly and effective community health services from multiple sites covering Walsall. Our multidisciplinary services include rapid response and homebased care, so that those with long term conditions and the frail elderly can remain in their own home

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Responsibilities
  • To manage your own caseload, identifying and responding to priorities. To plan, develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care.
  • Contribute to the development, delivery and evaluation of health education programmes and staff training
  • Be able to work in a single point of access to assess new referrals, manage risk, provide parent and professional consultation and provide information to other agencies, in line with information sharing agreements.
  • To provide clinical advice and support to the team, provide caseload supervision, 1-1s and PDRs for junior staff. Provide learning opportunities, induction, and preceptorship for all learners.
  • Contribute to the development of, implement and evaluate new and existing policies ensuring that practice is evidence-based.
  • Maintain clinical governance processes, e.g., identification & management of risks and incidents
  • To co-ordinate and/or contribute to the health needs assessment of children under the care of the team, participating in the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency assessment & intervention of/for children & young people.
  • To provide clinical advice and support, on aspects of care for children & young people.
  • Take the lead professional/key worker role for children & young people when appropriate and work as part of multi-agency teams to support those on child protection, child in need and early help plans or those who are looked after.
  • To advocate for families within the multidisciplinary team and make referrals as appropriate.
  • To work closely with members of the youth justice service, schools and education provisions and provide advice and support to parents and staff where children or young people have identified health needs.
  • To have a wide range of knowledge in approaches to communicating and managing the care of children, young people and their parents/carers.
  • To be able to effectively communicate with colleagues, peers, senior managers and clinical leads within the Trust.
  • To be able to communicate complex patient related information facilitating positive outcomes and ensuring collaborative working.
  • To act up in the absence of the SCPHN.
  • To always practice within NMC standards and the Code of Conduct

Person Specification



  • RN,RSCN, Child Branch
  • Qualified School Nurse on part 3 of NMC register or Health Visitor with or willing to undertake the transfer fields of practice or Registered Children's Nurse - Child Branch/RSCN with additional training (or equivalent demonstrable experience working with children and young people delivering the Healthy Child programme within a School Nursing team
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Evidence of additional qualification or demonstratable of development of knowledge/skills through experience in a specialist area of support e.g., children not in education and training, under the care of the youth justice


  • experience of working with excluded groups



  • In-depth knowledge of child health of 5-19's and development
  • Detailed knowledge of health and social care policy relating to children's services to include education, public health and safeguarding
  • Knowledge of working with under represented groups or those in challenging situations e.g., young people in youth justice, not in education or training, in pupil referral unit or alternative education places
  • Demonstrable experience of conducting holistic, person centred health assessments and planning care
  • Demonstrable of managing your own caseload.
  • Demonstrable experience of public health interventions



  • To carry out holistic assessments and developing care plans for children and young people who are vulnerable or from excluded groups
  • The ability to present information in an accessible format, having good presentation and skills
  • Highly developed, effective interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to establish and maintain key relationships internally and with partner agencies and services
  • Ability to make timely, sound clinical judgments and to work within a team and direct other team members to deliver high quality client care.
  • Demonstrates leadership skills and understanding of professional responsibilities within the team

Employer details

Employer name

Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust


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