School Nurse

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
7 Dec 2023

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Nurse, Community nurse, School nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for a dynamic and motivated School Nurse with the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) qualification, who will work as part of a skill mixed team delivering the Healthy Child Programme.

It hasnt been a more exciting time to join our Warrington School Nursing team as we role out a new working model that protects the delivery of public health and offers consistency and support for our high needs families. We pride ourselves on our excellent hands-on community nursing care and have dedicated onsite team leaders for support.

We are a high performing welcoming and supportive service, who values our team members, will treat you as an individual, have the opportunity for flexible working, have access to engagement and wellbeing services and share the motivation to work together to provide outstanding public health nursing care to the families of Warrington.

If we sound like the team for you and you would like more information on joining us then please get in touch. We are more than happy to chat with you over the phone, via email of arrange to meet for a cup of coffee, which ever suits you best.

Main duties of the job

You will need to have a broad understanding of children and young people's health issues and be able to demonstrate flexibility and creative thinking in respect of service delivery. Knowledge of recent documents and strategies driving the development of universal and equitable services for children is essential as well as understanding the principles of safeguarding children and young people.

Excellent communication, interpersonal and leadership skills are required with a commitment to team working as well as being able to demonstrate working using own initiative. You will work closely with schools, children and young people and their families, our partner agencies, and commissioners to deliver a quality service.

You will be the named School Health Nurse for an identified High School, college, and a cluster of Primary schools. Manage the defined caseload, using a public health approach to provide and maintain a high-quality service that promotes the physical and mental health of the school aged population and their families.

Lead the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme 519 and co-ordinate the delivery of public health interventions for the post holders assigned schools under the direction of the 0-19 Team Leader. This will include health screening/surveillance health assessment, immunisations, and a requirement to support the health needs of any vulnerable children/young people within the caseload.

About us

Flexible working will be considered for all roles.

Unfortunately, we do not hold a sponsor licence for working Visas.

At Bridgewater, our PEOPLE values shape how we deliver our NHS services in your local community.

They help us deliver our mission to improve local health and promote wellbeing in the communities we serve.

After all, values are about people and they were created in partnership with our staff to reflect what they felt was important to them

Here at Bridgewater our shared values flow through the organisation.

P- Person-centred-We are passionate about individual needs and promote independence in the healthcare we provide..

E- Empowered- We empower our people and encourage new ideas to deliver and create improvements in community care.

O- Open and Honest -We behave in a way that develops relationships based on trust, openness, honesty and respect.

P- Professional-We support our people, so everyone has the right skills and training to deliver outstanding patient care.

L- Locally Lead -We are always learning about our communities and show great pride in being a local provider of health and care.

E- Efficient -We use our resources wisely to provide sustainable and value for money healthcare for our patients.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The named School Nurse will be responsible for co-ordination of the School Health Plan with their named schools on an annual basis.
  • Contribute to an integrated Public Health Nursing Service by linking to education settings and other partner agencies
  • Lead on the recommended health assessment and reviews including:

  • Reception/Year 1 (age 45) school entry assessment (transition from 05 HCP school entry questionnaire Providing Year 6/7 (age 1012) assessment at transition from primary to secondary school.
  • Supporting mid-teens reviews, when young people are embarking on the next transition stage as and when required in national and local specifications.
  • Lead and coordinate a core programme of interventions according to agreed procedures, ensuring that Trust targets are met.
  • Undertake comprehensive health assessments for identified children and young people, including annual health assessments for those in local authority care in line with the Healthy Child Programme 4-19 years of age.
  • To contribute to the delivery of the national immunisation programme for school aged children.
  • Plan, implement and evaluate interventions according to changing health needs to improve health outcomes. Consult, advise and educate children, young people and families to enable them to effectively manage their health needs.
  • Perform home visits to children and families advising on all aspects of health as appropriate.
  • Working in partnership with other key stakeholders to safeguard and protect children and young people.
  • To contribute and take part in regular team meetings and contribute to multi-agency groups as appropriate.
  • Working collaboratively to support children and young people where there are identified health needs, or where they are in the child protection system, providing therapeutic public health interventions for the child and family
  • Provide training where necessary to young people, parents, teaching personnel and other professionals.
  • Provide signposting to other services and agencies, referring and liaising appropriately.
  • Take and act upon referrals from other agencies and services, as appropriate.
  • Provide a confidential support and advice service that is easily accessible, for young people within a high school or other venue on a regular basis.
  • Organise, facilitate and participate in health promotional and health educational activities in schools and community settings, working in partnership with school staff and with other statutory and voluntary agencies.
  • Utilise opportunities to promote healthy lifestyles, positive mental health and the public health agenda.
  • Ensuring children not in employment, education or training, or children educated at home receive the universal offer.
  • Undertake nurse led immunisation programmes in schools and other venues following patient group directions, actively promoting the National and Local Immunisation Programmes.
  • Complete PDRs and return to work pro-forma as required to the designated named staff within the team.
  • Ensure performance data is collated in a timely manner
  • Cover for named team leader as required.

  • Clinical
  • Maintain active status on NMC register acting in accordance with the professional code and guiding documents in adherence with Revalidation Framework.
  • Develop a working knowledge and experience of IT systems
  • Maintain contemporaneous, factual records in accordance with Trust guidelines and policies.
  • Be aware of current working practices in accordance with Trust policies and procedures.
  • Manage their time effectively to ensure prioritisation of workload in order to achieve agreed deadlines.
  • Be responsible for own professional updating and keep abreast of current research based practice.
  • Participate in study days as appropriate and be aware of current developments and research within the area of practice.
  • Observing the complaints and disciplinary procedures in accordance with the Trust policy.
  • Report sickness absence and return relevant forms to line manager.
  • Maintain portfolio of professional development.

  • Leadership
  • Provide supervision, where appropriate to support the skill mix team
  • Undertake appropriate delegation within team.
  • Ensure service information is disseminated to all team members in a timely fashion.
  • Contribute and lead in service improvement initiatives.
  • Support other School Nurses and staff within the team, including the induction of new staff members. Ensure effective learning experience and opportunities to achieve learning outcomes for skill mix team.
  • Develop specialist knowledge and expertise in an area of practice appropriate to service needs and, act as a resource to colleagues and other professionals in the chosen area e.g. Asthma, Behaviour Management. Allergy etc.
  • Develop and implement policies, procedures and guidelines relevant to own area of work. Provide advice where services are developing.
  • Taking the lead in developing effective partnerships and acting as advocate delivering change to support improvements in health and wellbeing of school aged children.
  • Ensure and be able to evidence that the experience and involvement of families, carers and children will be taken into account to inform service delivery and improvement.
  • Collate local information utilising a school health profile to help inform the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment.
  • In conjunction with the Team Leader to undertake individual performance reviews on nursing staff within Band 5, 4, 3 and 2.

  • Research and Audit
  • Identify and undertake clinical audit, evaluation and dissemination of results through presentation to professional groups and publications, in order to improve effectiveness of care and ensure effective and efficient use of resources.
  • Participate in benchmarking, developing and implementing action plans resulting from these activities.
  • Disseminate audit findings through presentation to professional and other PCT groups.
  • Lead on clinical audit within the team.

  • Supervision and Development
  • Identify and make known any training needs through the Personal Development Review (PDR) process.
  • Provide mentorship and preceptor ship to students and newly qualified staff as required.
  • Support the development of the team by teaching and assessing junior members of the team.
  • Undertake mandatory and statutory training and updating as required by the Trust.
  • Actively participate in the Transformational Supervision sessions using reflective practice.

  • Communication
  • Communicate effectively with individuals, families and professionals in planning and delivery of care, demonstrating empathy and reassurance in difficult and highly sensitive situations.
  • Utilise a range of communication methods with colleagues and managers to include electronic communication.
  • Work in partnership with school staff, health colleagues and other agencies e.g. Education and Social Services.
  • Communicate complex information and provide specialist advice to clients/carers/professional agencies.
  • Maintain contemporaneous and accurate Bridgewater Community NHS Trust records observing the Data Protection Act 1994, maintaining confidentiality, in accordance with NMC and Trust guidelines

  • This job description is an outline of the role and responsibilities. From time to time, due to the needs of the service, we may ask you to flexibly undertake other duties that are consistent with your role and banding.

    The 0-19 service is commissioned to deliver a service 8am-8pm and offering weekend delivery. Therefore, the post holder would be expected to work flexibly providing a service at evenings and weekends, dependant on the needs of the service.

    As the 0-19 service is delivered across Warrington you will have a base for administrative purposes only, as we may ask you to deliver a service from a variety of bases dependent on needs of the service.

    Person Specification

    Additional Criteria


    • The ability to travel independently across the Trust
    • The ability to work flexibly in accordance with service needs
    • Do you have the right to stay and work in the UK without sponsorship (share-codes will be checked if applicable)



    • Experience of multi-agency working
    • Experience of working with different communities including minority and ethnic groups
    • Experience of community development working



    • Registered Specialist Community Public Health Nurse qualification
    • Active UK NMC registration


    • Mentorship qualification
    • Teaching and assessing qualification
    Any attachments will be accessible after you click to apply.


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