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Specialist Nurse Paediatric Epilepsy

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
5 Jun 2024

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Following the promotion of the previous post holder to the position of Service Lead, we are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity for a dedicated and forward-thinking nurse to join our paediatric epilepsy specialist service, here in Barnsley.

We would welcome applications from nurses who have an interest in epilepsy and who have a desire to provide excellent care to children and young people, as well as their parents/carers. We seek a new team member who has a positive attitude to change, and who is looking for an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills.

You will be a vital member of the team, working alongside the Service Lead and colleagues from primary, secondary and tertiary care to promote the health and wellbeing of children and young people with epilepsy, and to be an expert resource for children, young people, and parents/carers.

All employees of the Trust are strongly encouraged to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to protect patients.

Main duties of the job

This specialist nursing role requires the post holder to develop expertise in the speciality. You will support medical and nursing colleagues in clinical practice, and will train staff in health, education, and care settings to support children and young people with epilepsy. You will undertake research and audit as required and consider how to gain patient feedback to review and improve services. You should be an effective communicator, motivated and self-directed and willing to continue to develop professionally.

You will be supported to gain the competencies required to fulfil this role and will deputise for the Service Lead in their absence.

This post provides a great opportunity to work as an autonomous practitioner, providing teaching, advice and practical support to families and other carers in the community setting. As you manage a shared caseload of patients, you will establish effective communication with the children and young people that you support. You will also work closely with colleagues in health, education, and social care, which provides excellent opportunities to develop your skills in multi-agency working.

Although this post is predominantly a Monday to Friday 9am-5pm service, the post holder will also be expected to be flexible in meeting the needs of the service and children and families that we support, with the possibility of some out of hours work.

About us

We are a specialist NHS Foundation Trust that provides community, mental health and learning disability services for the people of Barnsley, Calderdale, Kirklees and Wakefield. We also provide low and medium secure services and are the lead for the west Yorkshire secure provider collaborative.

Our mission is to help people reach their potential and live well in their communities, we do this by providing high-quality care in the right place at the right time. We employ staff in both clinical and non-clinical services who work hard to make a difference to the lives of service users, families and carers.

We encourage and welcome applications from all protected characteristic groups, we value diversity and want our workforce to be reflective of our communities.

Being a foundation Trust means were accountable to our members, who can have a say in how were run. Around 14,300 local people (including staff) are members of our Trust.

Join us and you will be one of over 4,500 staff committed to supporting and improving the mental, physical and social needs of the thousands of people we meet and help each year.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all colleagues and volunteers to share this commitment.

We do reserve to right to close vacancy before the advertised closing date if necessary, so please apply as soon as possible.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post-holder will work as a key member of the team and support the Epilepsy Clinical Team Leader in the delivery of the Barnsleys Paediatric Epilepsy Nursing Service.

They will manage a defined clinical caseload, providing specialist support, education, and complex case management to children and young people with epilepsy and their families and carers.

They will work as part of a wider multidisciplinary team with colleagues from community services, inpatient services, primary health care, social care, voluntary care sector, educational/employment settings and elsewhere.

They will liaise with medical colleagues in primary, secondary and tertiary level care to develop and maintain high quality evidence-based epilepsy care across Barnsley.

Person Specification



  • Evidence of continued professional development .

Personal Attributes


  • Flexibility to meet the needs of the service.
  • Reliable, motivated and enthusiastic.
  • Ability to communicate on all levels.
  • Able to be mobile on a daily basis to meet the requirements of the post.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • A Current driving licence and access to a car during the working day is essential (reasonable adjustments will be considered for any applicants who are unable to drive due to a disability).



  • First level Nurse.
  • Diploma/Degree in epilepsy care or agree the expectation to commence within the 1st year of employment.
  • Completed PET 1 or willing to undertake within 1 year of employment.


  • Teaching qualification.
  • Independent Nurse Prescriber.



  • Substantial post registration nursing experience.
  • Recent experience of caring for children with epilepsy.
  • Substantial experience of working as part of a nursing team and/or multi-disciplinary/multi-agency team.


  • Recent experience of working in a community/outpatient setting.

Physical Attributes


  • Ability to undertake the duties and demands of the post. A satisfactory sickness record over the previous 2 years (subject to the need to act with fairness and equality of opportunity, particularly where the sickness is related to a disability and/or pregnancy).

Special Knowledge/Skills


  • Up-to-date knowledge of epilepsy nursing care, including medical treatments, the management of prolonged seizures, and the risks and lifestyle implications of the condition.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Referral management and triage skills.
  • Excellent team working skills.
  • Ability to work autonomously and prioritise and manage own caseload.
  • Sound understanding of clinical governance and its implications for services, including experience of quality issues and audit. Ability to apply principles to workplace
  • Ability to effectively network and form professional relationships with other healthcare/multi-agency professionals.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Sound IT skills including use of Microsoft Word, SystmOne Powerpoint, Outlook and accessing the internet.

Employer details

Employer name

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Trust


Apollo Court Medical Centre

45 High Street



South Yorkshire

S75 3RF

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