Lead Nurse Special Schools Term Time Only

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa, pro rata
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Nurse, Community nurse, School nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
This is an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to work as a Lead Nurse in St Giles Spencer Academy. You will be jointly responsible for the assessment of health needs and co-ordinate the development, implementation and evaluation of packages of care for the children who attend the schools.

We are looking for a nurse with the skills and confidence to use effective time management, diary management and an ability to prioritise clinical work. You will receive clinical and management supervision. Our staff are required to demonstrate passion and skills for working in within our division and to support learners in our services.

You will need to have excellent communication skills and be able to operate as an integrated member of the multidisciplinary team, whilst maintaining a person centred focus.

As a Registered Nurse, the post holder will work in partnership with Health and Education to ensure the highest level of clinical practice in assessment, case management, care coordination and treatment.

The post holder will be required to ensure that the best evidence-based care is given to children, young people and their families, within the resources available to the service.

Main duties of the job

  • Providing health interventions for the pupils on a daily basis.
  • Administration of medication.
  • Communicate when supporting pupils that is relevant to their communication needs eg: Makaton, signing.
  • Planning short term & long term care plans following medical intervention.
  • Providing training and arranging for external training to be accessed for education staff to facilitate them in managing the health needs of the pupils in class.
  • Managing the safeguarding needs of pupils in terms of highlighting/escalating concerns.
  • Providing ICPC/RCPC reports and attending safeguarding conferences.
  • Dealing with medical emergencies ranging from first aid to more serious interventions where further assistance is needed.
  • Liaising with professionals around the transition of pupils in and out of the school.
  • Liaising with senior leadership teams in schools around emerging health needs for pupils and establishing training needs for the education staff.
  • Supporting the community paediatricians in providing clinical reviews of the pupils on their caseloads and ensuring information is shared as appropriate.
  • Liaising with the pupils' next of kin around emerging health needs/health promotion areas including healthy eating/puberty/sleep.
  • Providing referrals through to specialist services to support pupils and their networks including SPOA/SPOE.
  • Liaising with health professionals visiting the school and ensuring the information is disseminated.
  • Supporting and updating EHCPs.

About us

Join 'Team Derbyshire Healthcare' and become part of a talented, compassionate and enthusiastic workforce committed to a vision of 'making a positive difference in people's lives'.

CQC rated us as 'GOOD' overall, commenting on how our colleagues treated patients with compassion and kindness and felt positive and proud about working for the trust.

CQC rated Children's services as Outstanding.

Benefits include:
  • Commitment to flexible working where this is possible
  • 27 days annual leave/year plus bank holidays, increasing to 29 days after 5 years & 33 days after 10 years' service
  • Yearly appraisal and commitment to ongoing training
  • Generous NHS pension scheme
  • Good maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
  • Health service discounts and online benefits
  • Incremental pay progression
  • Free confidential employee assistance programme 24/7
  • Access to our LGBT+ network, BAME Network and Christian Network
  • Health and wellbeing opportunities
  • Structured learning and development opportunities

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see attached Job Description and Person Specification. To apply, please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB - this link will take you to the TRAC Recruitment Site. You will need to register if you do not already have an account.
  • Provide child-centred holistic care
  • To review the health needs of children
  • To be participant in the delivery of medicines management, and clinical procedures. To be a best practice advocate alongside the Senior nurses.
  • Be participant in the transition of pupils care to other service areas
  • Prioritise the implementation of health care plans, to refer to other appropriate health care professionals as required.
  • To assist, or signpost within the appropriate health education programmes to meet the health needs of the defined population in line with national and local priorities and strategies.
  • To keep accurate, and current records
  • Support and enhance in the learning environment for pre and post registered students
  • Participate in the clinical supervision programme
  • Comply with Trust policies and procedures
  • Support staff members across the service, giving advice and finding information on care for various health and well being issues (with regards to the children). Being involved in the support programmes available within the service.
  • Undertaking training and updating training packages as required.
  • Ensure the workplace is safe and follows policies (such as medicine administration)
  • Communication sharing in regard to transition of children with complex needs
  • Work in partnership with Universal services school nurses and health visitors to ensure all health needs are met and roles and responsibilities are clear.
  • To be familiar with Health and Safety legislation and to be responsible for reporting patient safety or staff incidents or areas of risk.
  • To contribute to the effective implementation of safeguarding children through the accessing of training and safeguarding supervision in line with Local Safeguarding Board procedures
  • To maintain continued awareness of current issues, changing professional practices, and contribute to dissemination of appropriate information to team members, by attendance at team meetings and access to clinical and managerial supervision.
  • To meet the holistic needs of the child, including adapting communication, play and stimulation, delivery of care, including safe administration of medication, clinical procedures, and any other personal care requirements, the implementation of behavioural management techniques, and promoting social, emotional and physical wellbeing.
  • Follows national, Trust policies and procedures and ensure other members of staff do likewise.
  • Contributes to the development of and responsible for the implementation of policies/procedures in relation to the clinical specialism

Person Specification

Attainment/ Qualifications


  • 1st Level Registration with experience as a registered nurse


  • Mentor Qualification
  • Teaching and assessment qualification

Knowledge/ Experiences


  • Knowledge of the research base of the HCP
  • Knowledge of local and national Policies and Nice Guidance
  • Ability to carry out audit
  • Waiting list management
  • Experience of risk management and Datix
  • Knowledge & or experience of Autism, learning disabilities and associated conditions that contribute to complex childhood presentations and disabilities
  • Working within the Community or special schools


  • Working with SEND children and young people
  • Experience preferably management/supervisory
  • Managing concerns and complaints

Employer details

Employer name

Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


St Giles Spencer Academy

Hampshire Rd, Chaddesden


DE21 6BT

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