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Specialist Nurse Cared For Children (looked after children)

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 Per Annum, (Pro Rata)
Closing date
23 Apr 2024
We are currently offering a 12 month fixed term/secondment opportunity for a part time Specialist Nurse in the Cared for Children Health Team based predominantly in the community site but covering the MFT footprint.

This post is an exciting opportunity for a motivated, committed and experienced nurse with an interest in safeguarding and looked after children to address the health needs of looked after children. You willbe a key member of the safeguarding and looked after children service that consists of Named Nurses (community, acute, adult and midwifery services), Specialist Nurses for Safeguarding, and Looked after Children, Multi-Agency Safeguardingand Complex Safeguarding Hub Specialist Nurses and Administration staff.

You will be given the opportunity to receive safeguarding/ looked after children development, supervision and training within a highly motivated and committed team. An annual appraisal and regular management one to one reviews are also provided, as is the chance to attend relevant mandatory and other training pertinent to the role.

Main duties of the job

To succeed, you will need to be highly motivated to ensure safe and effective services for safeguarding and looked after children remains a priority for all of our staff working within the organisationacross acute and community services.You will need excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills and a flair for critically evaluating information and recording it in a concise and accurate manner. Comfortable working under pressure, adept at prioritising and working flexibly often to tight a deadline you will be well supported to further your own professional knowledge, skills and development within this highly specialised area.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trust In England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading. So that youre even more equipped to make an informed decision to apply to us, youll need to take time to read the Candidate Essentials Guide that sits with the Job Description and Person Specification. This document provides you with details about the Trust, our benefits and outlines how we care for you as you care for others. Most importantly, it also contains critical information youll need to be aware of before you submit an application form.

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Significant experience of working with young people in a health care or educational setting
  • Knowledge of child development and health needs of teenagers and young people
  • Excellent knowledge of issues pertinent to Looked after Children/Young People
  • Evidence of direct work with Looked After Children/Young People
  • Experience and contribution to single and multi-disciplinary audit processes
  • Evidence of multi-agency working
  • Evidence of recent relevant Continual Professional Development


  • Specialist Community Practitioner qualification
  • Family planning / Sexual Health qualification
  • Child or Adolescent Mental Health qualification
  • Mentorship qualification
  • Appropriate leadership courses
  • Qualification in safeguarding supervision
  • Accredited training qualification
  • Experience of policy development and implementation



  • Excellent communication skills and ability to provide effective written and verbal reports.
  • Well-developed presentation skills. Strong analytical skills
  • Evidence of effective organisational skills.
  • Evidence of current knowledge of local and national policies and practice relating to Looked After Children and relevant professional and NHS policy initiatives
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player, part of an established and supportive cared for children health team
  • IT/word processing /database skills
  • Ability to communicate well with young people
  • Good organisational skill and ability to prioritise
  • Able to work independently, manage and plan own workload effectively
  • Good communication and facilitation skills
  • Experience of working in partnership across agencies particularly with Social Care
  • Understanding or the specific health needs of Looked After Children and Young People
  • Knowledge of the legislative framework relating child protection and Looked after Children
  • Understanding of audit and research theory and practice
  • Confidence to challenge appropriately in difficult situations
  • Ability to communicate across organisational boundaries.
  • Ability to work under pressure, to prioritise, work flexibly and to tight deadlines.


  • Experience of research activities



  • Demonstrates the Trust's values and behaviours.
  • Showing empathy by considering the emotions, views, and circumstances of others.
  • Accountable: using best practice to get effective results. Prioritise and speak about patient and staff safety.



  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS check
  • Car driver and owner, willing to travel within the remit of the service delivery area.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Rusholme Health Centre

Walmer Street, Rusholme, Manchester, M14 5NP


M14 5NP

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