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Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nurse)

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro-rata. Plus 8% R&R subject to annual review
Closing date
4 Oct 2023
Are you enthusiastic, resilient, excited to embrace change and passionate about providing an excellent service to families in our localities?

If so, Cambridgeshire Community Services 0-19 Healthy Child Programme (School Nursing) would welcome you to join our team.

Applications will be welcomed from experienced and School Nurses due to qualify.

To ensure the accessibility and quality of our services, we offer a SPA service for all families with children aged 5-19 years residing in these areas. This is available from 09.00hrs - 17.00hrs, accessed by telephone and email. The SPA School Nurse will support the delivery of this, alongside other skill mix team members rostered onto SPA daily.We also offer Chat Health, confidential texting service for young people aged 11-19 years and the SPA School Nurse will have the opportunity to be part of this service on a rota system as we continue to embrace innovation and improve the services we offer.

You will be joining an organisation that receives excellent staff feedback from the annual NHS Staff Satisfaction Survey. At Cambridgeshire Community Services, the health and wellbeing of our staff is our priority our embedded philosophy is Live Life Well as we strive to ensure a healthy, safe, and happy workplace.

Why not click on the link to the Job Description and find out more about the role.

We look forward to receiving your application!

Main duties of the job

Cambridgeshire Community Service are able to offer:
  • A dedicated child and family focused service delivery that makes Every Contact Count
  • The opportunity to work within an integrated 0-19 HCP skill mix team
  • A Robust 1-year preceptorship for all newly qualified staff or those who are wishing to return to practice.
  • A Comprehensive induction package
  • A holistic approach to offering support and guidance via management, safeguarding and restorative supervision
  • Continuous staff development identified via our supervision and appraisal system to support and develop leadership skills
  • Working for an NHS organisation with Agenda for Change terms and conditions
  • An opportunity to build great relationships with our partner agencies, ensuring the best outcomes for children and families
  • A competitively priced lease car scheme
  • The opportunity to embrace agile working, supported by IT connectivity

To work as part of a team leading the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme. The role of the School Nurse is to promote good health and prevent ill health in young people, families and communities. School Nurses do this through raising awareness of and identifying unmet health needs, and initiating, developing, implementing, and evaluating plans of care.

About us

Rated 'Outstanding' by the Care Quality Commission, we are proud to provide high quality innovative services across most of the east of Englandthat enable people to receive care closer to home and live healthier lives.

There's one reason why our services are outstanding - and that's our amazing staff - who, for the seventh year running, rated us incredibly highlyin the national staff survey.

If you share our passion for innovative and high-quality care delivery, then please submit your application and join us on our exciting journey as aleading-edge specialist community provider. All are welcome to apply and our promise to you is a culture which prioritises staff engagement anddevelopment.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The School Nurse will work within a defined area, assessing need, delegating and supervising work within the team. They promote early intervention, health promotion, advocacy, empowerment, social inclusion and the reduction of health inequalities.

The School Nurse works in partnership with young people, families, schools, communities, primary care, statutory & voluntary services and other partner agencies, in order to facilitate health-enhancing activities.

School Nurses use and establish networks within the community in order to inform, influence and implement policies which affect health outcomes.

To work as part of a multidisciplinary team to identify the health needs of children and young people, their families and the school community and contribute to developing a strategy to address the identified needs in the school and the community.

To use knowledge and skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate individual health care plans and be responsible for the management in school of children with complex health needs.

To carry out shifts within the 5-19 duty desk receiving all incoming communication and referrals to the service, liaising with key stakeholders, parents/carers and young people

To assist schools in establishing procedures for medicine management.

To provide and promote appointment clinics for pupils and their families, parent and carer Support Groups, home visits and Health Needs Assessment.

To provide contact with young people via Chat Health text messaging service

Respond to health needs assessments by referring to other professionals (i.e.: GPs, consultants, mental health team), and statutory and voluntary agencies (i.e.: social care).

To support children and young people and their families with emotional and behavioural development.

To advise their client group on the promotion of health and the prevention of illness.

To link practice with local and national targets and deliver public health programmes based on current priorities and targets.

To plan evidence based health promotion programmes, order resources, compile teaching plans with aims, objectives and outcomes, and evaluate the sessions.

To act as a health link for other agencies, e.g. Education welfare, OCYPs voluntary services, public and private agencies and work closely with partner agencies to promote the health and wellbeing of children, young people and families.

To work with the Locality Lead to support children, young people and families who are considered to be vulnerable or at risk. To adhere to current safeguarding procedures and participate in child protection case conferences and case review meetings as required.

Participate in all statutory processes in respect of safeguarding including provision of witness statements, court reports and court attendance.

Identify children with special educational needs and disability and facilitate support and referrals to maximise developmental potential. Act as a key worker when indicated, ensuring effective, efficient and appropriate care plans.

To clinically triage the single point of access and Chat Health as required in accordance with agreed procedures.

To provide cover for colleagues as requested by your manager.

Demonstrate reflective and evidence-based practice and use this to influence strategy and policy development.

To hold a special interest role and support other staff within the locality and service.

To contribute to the development of local policies and procedures relevant to their area of work.

To take responsibility for their own clinical practice including clinical supervision and to adhere to the NMC code of conduct.

To actively participate in reflective practice development through annual clinical observations.

To maintain live mentor status and contribute to a learning environment for SCPHNs, return to practice SCPHNs, new staff members and pre-registration students.

Person Specification

Qualifications & Training


  • Specialist Practitioner degree/diploma post registration SCPHN


  • Mentor/998 or equivalent teaching qualification
  • Recognised leadership course
  • Evidence of completion of migratory portfolio to demonstrate dual qualification or willing to work towards



  • Experience with children and their families
  • Experience of working in the community
  • Experience of working in a multi- disciplinary setting
  • Experience of Safeguarding children and families


  • Experience of mentoring/supporting colleagues
  • 2 years experience as a SCPHN

Knowledge & Skills


  • High level of clinical skills, with the ability to identify, respond to and evaluate health needs
  • Commitment to the development of excellent services, which focus on improved outcomes for children
  • Current knowledge of local and national policies informing public health practice
  • Evidence of partnership working in the community
  • Good standard of keyboard skills and understanding of clinical systems


  • Supervision/appraisal skills
  • Knowledge of Systm One
  • Evidence of contribution to service redesign/development

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust


The Peacock Centre

Mill Road



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