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Children's Community Nurse

West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per annum, pro rata
Closing date
5 Dec 2023
An exciting opportunity to gain experience in the Community Children's Nursing Team that provides high quality evidence-based practice in the community, to children who have a clinical nursing need.

The team provides a 7-day service, 08.00-18.00 weekdays and 09.00-17.00 at weekends/bank holidays.

The successful candidate will need to be a good team player with the ability to travel to all rural locations to carry out post.

The post would be fixed term until December 2024 covering maternity leave based in the Ipswich office, and there may be a possibility of this being extended.

Please see attached JD for further detailed information.

Main duties of the job

Provide skilled paediatric nursing care to children and young people within their own home, school or nursery settings to ensure families are supported in the care of their children in the community. Ensuring continuity of care is established and appropriate support available for children, young people and families, with the aim of preventing unnecessary admission or attendance at hospital and facilitating earlier discharge where appropriate from both local and tertiary hospitals. Act as a named nurse for a caseload of generic children and young people responsible for planning and co-ordinating care, delivering and evaluating the care given as well as on going complex case management. Must be able to use own initiative and work autonomously, supervision and support available from Clinical Lead Nurse.

Promote the health, comfort, dignity, privacy and quality of life for children and young people, working within the limits of the NMC code and guidelines, trust policies, service operational policy and own professional competence.

Provide skilled, evidenced based, sensitive care to children and young people who require end of life care and be part of an on-call rota if required.

About us

#BeKnown at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust. By us. By our patients. By our community

We are a busy, friendly, rural NHS Trust providing high-quality care and compassion to more than a quarter of a million people across west Suffolk. We care for, treat and support people in hospital, at home and in various community settings.

The West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds provides acute and secondary care services (emergency department, maternity and neonatal services, day surgery unit, eye treatment centre, Macmillan unit and children's ward). It has 500+ beds and is a partner teaching hospital of the University of Cambridge.

Adult and paediatric community services, provided in collaboration with West Suffolk Alliance partners, include a range of nursing, therapy, specialist, and ongoing temporary care and rehabilitation, some at our Newmarket Community Hospital.

We do our utmost to achieve outstanding clinical outcomes for patients and our values of fairness, inclusivity, respect, safety and team work guide how we work and behave as a team.

With nearly 5,000 staff, from all over the world, we strive to make our organisation a great place to work. Whatever your role or ambition, we want to help you be the best you can be.

We promote a diverse and inclusive community where everyones voice counts and you can #BeKnown for whoever you are.

Join us. What will you #BeKnown for?

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary:
  • To work within the framework of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Code of Conduct, providing a high quality, evidence-based service to children and their families/carers 7 days a week.
  • To undertake on-going training required to be clinically competent in caring for children with both complex/chronic and acute health care needs and their family.
  • Proactively participate in the creation of a dynamic flexible and responsive environment through effective communication and contribution of ideas.
  • Planning, implementation, and evaluation of holistic programmes of care.
  • Educate the child, parents, and carers in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health.
  • Demonstrate and teach clinical procedures to parents/carers to enable them to contribute to the planned programme of care. To alleviate potential stress, and to prevent inappropriate admissions to hospital.
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day clinical management of the service including delegating tasks, supervising junior staff and ensuring patient safety.
  • Ensure the needs of children/young people and parents/carers are always met.
  • Create an environment which recognises parents/carers as key members of a care package and is sensitive and responsive to their needs, allowing for the development of their unique relationship with their child/young person.
  • Prevent inappropriate admission to hospital and prolonged hospitalisation.
  • Be responsible for the production and annual updating of evidence-based training packs that can be utilised for the training of specific clinical procedures to parents and carers.
  • Take responsibility for the teaching of clinical procedures to parents, carers and outside agencies.
  • If you are a Nurse Prescriber- to undertake independent prescribing for own caseload within the limits of the postholders competence and the requirements of the nurse practitioner role
  • Communication:
    • To communicate effectively with all staff and members of the multi-disciplinary team using a variety of communication methods including face to face contact, phone calls, video calls and written communication (for example: emails and letters).
    • To communicate effectively with children/young people and their families from all cultures. Working with interpreters where necessary to provide a high level of care.
    • To deal with situations sensitively and professionally including complaints in partnership with the Clinical Lead and following trust policy.
    • Participate in training children, their parent/carers and schools/nurseries so that they can manage their health needs effectively and to prevent inappropriate and prolonged hospital admissions.
    • Actively participate in team meetings
    • Present to GPs and hospital staff to highlight the work of the Community Childrens Nursing Team to ensure children are seen in the most appropriate place.
    • To educate children and parents/carers in the promotion of health and the prevention of ill health
    • To maintain detailed records of patient care, treatment and drug administration following trust record keeping policy
  • Analytical and judgemental:
    • To be competent in analysing clinical observations to ensure children are medically reviewed if required.
    • To participate in collecting patient feedback and review the data for service improvement.
  • Planning and organisational Skills:
    • To hold a clinical caseload, manage and prioritise visits to children and young people effectively. To cluster work to ensure mileage is kept as low as possible manage time efficiently and support colleagues as necessary.
    • To attend training to ensure evidence - based nursing care is always undertaken.
    • To work in partnership with the Clinical Nurse Lead, advising on current caseloads, clinical risk, staffing capacity and training.
    • To work in partnership with medical and nursing colleagues ensuring smooth transitions of care for children and their families.
  • Clinical Duties:
    • To undertake any clinical nursing procedures that can be performed safely in the community. To liaise closely with the wider multi-disciplinary team to keep up to date with any changes in the child and young persons care.
    • To be competent in a range of clinical tasks working as a skilled practitioner within the CCNT in partnership with the child and family, to provide high quality family centred care where this can be safely performed in the community setting.
    • To determine the priorities of the clinical caseload, and delegate daily tasks to other members of the team as appropriate.
    • To demonstrate knowledge of children with acute and complex clinical nursing needs and provide clinical advice to members of the Community Childrens Nursing Team (CCNT) and other professionals as required.
    • Maintain clinical competency as necessary through the completion of team training resources and mandatory/non-mandatory training.
    • Be part of the Out of Hours service for the CCNT as necessary, providing clinical advise/support and clinical visits as necessary for children/young people in the end stages of life.
  • Governance:
    • Comply with trust policies and procedures.
    • Comply with the jointly agreed policies and procedures of the Suffolk Local Safeguarding Children Board.
    • To work with the Clinical Nurse Lead in ensuring all guidelines are kept up to date and followed accordingly.
    • Ensure all clinical incidents are reported as per trust policy and to liaise with the Clinical Nurse Lead to ensure that any identified leaning is adequately cascaded to the team.
    • Undertake risk assessments as necessary and report any identified risks and management of risk to the Clinical Nurse Lead.
  • Finance and Resources:
    • To ensure supplies are ordered and used in conjunction with the Trust formularies and in a responsible manner.
    • To be responsible for trust IT equipment ie laptop, mobile phone and also equipment belonging to the Community Childrens Nursing Team ie pumps, BP machines, saturation monitors etc.
  • Leadership and management:
    • To support junior staff including students working within the community childrens nursing team through teaching, clinical supervision and supported visits.
    • Carry out clinical supervision and Personal Development Reviews for designated team members.
    • To be involved in recruitment as appropriate in conjunction with the Paediatric Nursing Lead and Clinical Nurse Lead.
    • To foster an environment where all team members feel valued.
  • Research & Development:
    • To participate in the trust audit process as required, e.g. with infection prevention and information governance.

    Person Specification

    Education and qualifications


    • RN - Child Branch
    • RSCN Diploma/Degree
    • Evidence of further study at degree level


    • Specialist Practice Community Children Nursing Degree or equivalent
    • Teaching and assessing Qualification

    Experience and knowledge


    • Post registration experience in acute or community setting
    • Teaching of junior staff/children and families in clinical tasks and health promotion
    • Working in partnership with the multi-disciplinary team
    • Family-centered care
    • Excellent knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures


    • Recruitment experience
    • Experience of service user engagement and patient satisfaction
    • Clinical audit
    • Implementing change

    Skills and Abilities


    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Sound clinical knowledge and competency in a wide variety of clinical skills i.e. intravenous therapy, wound care, enteral feeding
    • Management experience including the day to day clinical management of a team within the acute or community setting
    • Understanding of effective service development and ways in which to improve clinical care
    • Nursing care of children in the community setting


    • Nursing Care of children and young people with palliative/complex care needs
    • Acting in senior roles
    • Nursing care of children and young people in the community setting
    • Carrying out supervision and appraisal

    Personal Qualities

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