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Looked After Children's Nurse

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£42,471 to £50,364 a year p.a. inc. pro rata
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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We are looking for a Band 6 LAC Nurse for to join our team within the Community Children's Services division.
  • The post-holder will work and support children who are Looked After - LAC and Care Leavers, and their families/ carers liaising with health / external agencies as required, to reach their full potential by accessing the best possible health outcomes.
  • The post-holder will provide holistic health interventions to LAC and Care Leavers
  • The post-holder will work in partnership with the Named Nurse and Named Dr's for LAC to implement National Guidance and Local Policy for Looked after Children
  • The post-holder will work with colleagues to ensure Looked After Children receive timely, child & young person focused assessments and interventions in line with Statutory Guidance.
  • The post-holder will support the Named and Specialist LAC Nurse in ensuring Looked After Children receive appropriate assessments and health provision when they are placed Out or In borough

This post offers the opportunity to contribute to the provision of high quality care to the related client group.

Main duties of the job

  • To work in partnership with the Named Doctor and Named nurse to undertake holistic health assessments for all children entering care
  • In partnership with the Named Doctor, Named nurse and GP's, develop individual Health Care Plans to ensure that identified or ongoing health needs are being addressed
  • Liaise with all relevant health care professionals in order to implement the Health Care Plan
  • Responsible for undertaking the statutory review health assessments for LAC aged 5 -19yrs
  • Develop, implement and evaluate health care plans in partnership with LAC and their carer's
  • Liaise with all relevant health care professionals in order to implement the Health Care Plan
  • Refer LAC and Care Leaver's onto specialist services as required based on assessment of need
  • To review and evaluate all health care plans for LAC annually or more frequently if required
  • To improve the quality and co-ordination of the health care of LAC and Care Leavers
  • To work in partnership with carers and key workers to enable them to have a good understanding of the health care needs of LAC and care leavers
  • Empower individuals, their carers and families to influence and access services, and act as advocate where appropriate

About us

Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is a high performing and flourishing organisation serving the population of Hackney, East London, The City and beyond.

We are extremely proud of the fact that Homerton Hospital has recently attained the highest possible rating of Outstanding from the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Our integrated Trust provides comprehensive hospital and community health services for its local population and a range of specialist services for a wider group of patients. In addition, the Trust manages services out of St Leonard's Hospital and the Mary Seacole Nursing Home.

Homerton aims to ensure equality and value diversity, and we are committed to inclusion for all of our staff. This is reflected in our policies, our procedures and our People Plan. All of our staff are expected to embody our Trust values at all times.

We are also committed, through our Fair Recruitment Standards, to ensuring all applicants are treated fairly.

Homerton has a proud tradition of supporting and developing its staff, including its well regarded and valued nursing community, and all staff are able to take advantage of a great range of benefits.

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust offers a full induction programme, excellent managerial support, professional development opportunities and flexible working conditions.

Homerton is proud to have been included on the HSJ and Nursing Times Best Places to Work list.

Interview date: TBC

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • To provide ongoing advice and support to residential care staff with regards to the health needs of LAC and Care leavers
  • To consult with and evaluate LAC and Care Leavers experiences of health services, and develop services that are responsive to their needs
  • Work within the professional boundaries of confidentiality and consent, balancing the need to share information and safeguard LAC and Care Leavers.
  • Ensure all LAC and Care Leavers are provided with a comprehensive health summary upon leaving care.
  • To maintain full, accurate and contemporaneous electronic health records in line with the Trust Record Management Policy
  • To be responsible for undertaking and co-ordinating health reviews for LAC, using agreed health assessment tools in order to improve LAC health outcomes & access
  • Working together with CYP to explore the best ways to engage them and meet their health needs, provided within the context of the core values of the Trust for compassionate care and respect for all
  • Support the effective implementation of transition protocols for LAC and those leaving care, moving from childhood through to adulthood
  • Provide telephone/helpline advice to children and young people, those with parental responsibility, foster carers and residential social workers acknowledging consent issues appropriate within local and national legislation or guidance.
  • Provide drop-in sessions to children and young people as appropriate & contribute to multi professional support days
  • Provide a liaison role that offers sign posting, child specific liaison and support to access other services, such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, CAMHS-LAC team, Substance abuse, Dental and Integrated Sexual Health Services (ISHS) and the CSE Nurse Specialist.
  • Ensure LAC CYP are given opportunities to have time alone to express any concerns or personal issues to support their health, safeguarding & social care needs particularly during health assessments
  • To play a key role in increasing the immunisation uptake for Looked after Children
  • To travel to other boroughs as required to ensure effective assessment and implementation of health care plans
  • To use RiO in case management of children and to maintain an overview of the caseload

Person Specification

Education / Qualifications


  • RGN/RSCN/Child branch
  • Health Visiting / School Nursing professional qualification, with entry onto the 3rd part of the NMC Register
  • Completion of level 3 child protection training

Skills/ Abilities


  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Evidence of excellent clinical skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative and organise own workload while at the same time adhering to the quality and work standards required by the service
  • Ability to use IT and common software packages e.g. Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint



  • Recent experience of working with LAC children
  • Experience of contributing to team working and working with other professional
  • Experience of working autonomously within a community setting



  • Professional clinical and LAC Health issues
  • Partnership working across agencies and planning of care across sectors
  • Clinical Governance

Other Requirements


  • A positive attitude to equal opportunities and towards working in a multi cultural environment
  • Service user focused
  • Flexible in approach to duties

Trust Values


  • Demonstrating understanding of Trust Values

Employer details

Employer name

Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust


Hackney, City

Homerton Row/ City


E9 6SR

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