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Community Children's Nurse

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Sidcup, Kent,
£32,720 to £39,769 a year pa inc
Closing date
27 May 2024
Previous applicants need not apply

Are you a passionate, energetic Children's Nurse?

An exciting opportunity has become available for a children's nurse to work within the Bexley and Greenwich Community Children's Nursing Team and Hospital at Home Team.

The Community Children's Nursing and Hospital at Home Team is an established, motivated team and a highly valued service within the boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich. Also having well embedded close links with the local acute and tertiary hospitals.

The team is community based and provides a seven day service 08.00 to 20:30. There is also an end of life on call service provision, of which you will be required to participate.

The post holder will be a children's nurse with knowledge and experience of working with children with complex health needs. They will be responsible for participating within the development and implementation of practice within the CCNT, ensuring evidence based practice is being delivered. The post holder will be required to work closely with the Integrated Children's Nursing Team and Hospital at Home Team.

Main duties of the job

The Community Children's Nursing and Hospital at Home Team is part of an integrated network of services for children in Bexley and Greenwich providing high quality specialist child centred care. The team of specialist and children's community nurses provides highly skilled, nursing care to children and families with nursing needs in their own homes or community settings.

To provide a high standard of evidenced based nursing care for children and young people with the following conditions: acute and long term conditions, children with disabilities and complex conditions including those requiring palliative and end of life care . To ensure every aspect of the child and families experience is delivered in a safe, efficient and evidence based manner.

This is a post suitable for a Children's Community Nurse who should have an interest in or a willingness to develop and extend specialised skills and knowledge.

To cover for colleagues' caseloads as required.

About us

Oxleas offers a wide range of NHS healthcare services to people in community and secure environment settings. Our services include community health care such as district nursing and speech and language therapy, care for people with learning disabilities and mental health care such as psychiatry, nursing and therapies. Our multidisciplinary teams look after people of all ages and we work in close partnership with other parts of the NHS, local councils and the voluntary sector and through our new provider collaboratives. Our 4,300 members of staff work in many different settings including hospitals, clinics, prisons, secure hospitals, children's centres, schools and people's homes.

We have over 125 sites in a variety of locations in the South of England. In London we operate within the Boroughs of Bexley, Bromley Greenwich and into Kent. We manage hospital sites including Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup and Memorial Hospital, Woolwich, as well as the Bracton Centre, our medium secure unit for people with mental health needs. We are the largest NHS provider of prison health services providing healthcare to prisons within Devon, Dorset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire, Kent and South London. We are proud of the care we provide and our people.

Our purpose is to improve lives by providing the best possible care to our patients and their families. This is strengthened by our new values:
  • We're Kind
  • We're
  • We Listen
  • We Care

Job description

Job responsibilities

Key Task and Responsibilities
  • Ensuring theThe Community Childrens Nursing and Hospital at Home Service (0-19 years) provides a high quality, evidence based locally appropriate service to families.
  • To work as part of the team providing nursing assessments and interventions to children.
  • To work in partnership with children and families to implement individualised care plans to meet medical and nursing needs.
  • To be responsible for assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating individual childrens care plans.
  • To refer children to acute and other services as appropriate and required.
  • To work collaboratively with other agencies to deliver clinical care pathways for children and families.
  • To record accurately data as required by the service.
  • To work as part of the Community Childrens Nursing Team to provide support in an area of special interest from acute to community settings.
  • To provide support with specialist training to meet the childs needs. This may be to the child, their family or other professional working with the child in a variety of community settings.
  • To attend specialist clinics with families to work towards multi professional assessment and care planning with the child and family.
  • To work as part of a Multidisciplinary team to ensure a smooth discharge from acute care to community settings as well as smooth transitions into Adult Services.
  • To participate in CAF/TAC, becoming a key worker for families where appropriate.

Management responsibilities
  • To provide and maintain high standards of nursing care at all times.
  • To meet regularly with supervisor to discuss any concerns or significant changes in client care.
  • To work under the direction of a Senior Childrens Community Nurse to organise time and daily caseload management.
  • To ensure a risk assessment is undertaken before visiting any family and that attention to lone working guidance is observed.
  • Ensure the effective and efficient use of resources.
  • To act as a Champion for a identified area, attend relevant meetings and ensure team members up to date with relevant policies and guidelines.

  • To act as role model to members of the nursing team and motivate them to work towards high standard of practice.
  • To prioritise work load to ensure effective time management strategies are embedded within the nursing team, aware of competing pressures to ensure best practice.
  • To exercise good personal time management, punctuality and consistent reliable attendance.
  • To act as a mentor to students, under the supervision of a more senior colleague, helping to develop and support the students through their placements, completing documentation where necessary.

  • To assess, plan and evaluate care of individual children within family context and refer to appropriate services.
  • To support the delivery of care and interventions to meet the needs of individual children/ young people and families.
  • To perform clinical procedures within sphere of competence.
  • To empower families to care for their acutely ill child.
  • Work across professional and organisational boundaries and facilitate partnership working.
  • To identify limits of own knowledge and skills and seek advice as and when necessary from team members or specialist practitioners or other members of the multi-professional team.
  • To be responsible for the reporting of incidents, comments and complaints from children, their family and other professionals involved with the child to the Team Manager.

  • Work as part of the team to establish best practice protocols and guidelines for evidence-based practice.
  • Participate in clinical nursing audit.
  • To collect data as requested to inform practice and service development.
  • To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.
  • To undertake appropriate research and provide research advice to other staff undertaking research.
  • To undertake projects, audit and research in collaboration with the Community Childrens Nursing Team.

  • Work closely with professionals in the community and the acute setting to ensure a robust and safe nursing care for children and young people and their families.
  • Support the clinical care pathway with hospital staff on all matters that affect the management and readmitting of child into hospital.
  • Contribute to data collection and reporting systems.
  • Maintain accurate nursing records.

Person Specification



  • RSCN/ RN child or LD diploma/degree level
  • Current NMC registration


  • Evidence of continued professional development



  • Experience in assessing children's care needs, planning implementation and evaluation of care plans.


  • Experience of joint working together with other professionals.

Skills & Knowledge


  • Excellent communication skills and inter personal skills


  • Experience with working with children with complex needs and/or within a community setting

Employer details

Employer name

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust


Acorns, Queen Marys Hospital

Sidcup, Kent,

DA14 6LT

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