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Looked After Children's Nurse

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Would you like to join an innovative, dynamic organisation that is committed to delivering the best care by the best people? We are looking for an enthusiastic and adaptable qualified Looked After Children`s Nurse to join our caring and progressive team in Strood.

Our LAC nursing service is commissioned across Kent and Medway to deliver health assessments for all children, placed in care, by Kent County Council and Medway Council. Clinics are held at multiple locations across the county. Health assessments are held six-monthly for children aged under five and yearly for those five and over.

Main duties of the job

The Looked After Children's (LAC) Nurse will work as an integral part of amulti-agency service to provide a seamless pathway for the holistic care of Looked After Children in Kent.

These children may be under the care of Kent, Medwayor another local authority, and will include unaccompanied asylum seeking children(UASC). You will aim to improve the health outcomes of Looked after Children in accordance with the Statutory Guidance forPromoting the Health and Wellbeing of Looked After Children (DH & DoE 2015)

In addition to providing comprehensive holistic health assessments, the role of the LAC Nurse includes:
  • all LAC nurses are registered nurses with additional experience and, in some cases, additional nursing qualifications, such as health visiting, school nursing, midwifery, practice nursing, district nursing and sexual health
  • nurses participate at LAC reviews, professional meetings and network meetings
  • attend and participate in education plans
  • participate in children and young person wellbeing groups in partnership with colleges
  • provide packages of care for individual children
  • work with other agencies both within and outside of health services
  • direct referrals to GP and specialities
  • liaise with multi-disciplinary teams as required
  • attend local foster carer support groups
  • participate with delivering the Solihull parenting programme

About us

One of the largest community NHS trusts in the UK, KCHFT are rated 'outstanding' by the CQC. We've got a passion for delivering high standards of care to patients and deliver excellent services to improve the health of our communities. To do this we need outstanding people who share our valuesCompassionateAspirationalResponsiveExcellent

We're committed to equality, diversity and inclusion, which leads to better patient care and a happier workforce. So, all our colleagues have equal access to career opportunities.

Flexibility is another way we do this. In the NHS, we're reminded every day how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want you to be able to work in a way that is best for us, for our patients and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement without having to sacrifice time for personal interests or family commitments. We'll support you to work flexibly in a way that will suits us both

Looking for professional development? We can support that too! Ourcareer pathways will help you achieve your aspirations

Job description

Job responsibilities

The job description and person specification gives you all the information you need about this role. Please look carefully at the criteria in the person specification and tell us what you have done that shows you meet this.

Still have questions? The recruiting manager would love to hear from you, their contact details can be found in the job advert.

We can get a lot of applications for some roles so to be in with the best chance of being shortlisted please make sure you apply as soon as possible. A vacancy may close early if there is a lot of interest in the job.

If you need an application form in an alternative format please let our recruitment team know so they can help you with this.

All information you supply on your application should, to the best of your knowledge, be true and accurate.

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Good luck! We cant wait to meet you and welcome you to #teamKCHFT, #cometocommunity

Although vaccination against COVID-19 is not mandatory, we are strongly encouraging colleagues in clinical and non-clinical roles who have direct or social contact with patients to be fully vaccinated. In this way we will be doing all we can to ensure your safety and that of your colleagues and the patients we serve.

Person Specification



  • Entry on third part of Nursing and Midwifery Register as a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse at degree level, Paediatric trained or Mental Health Nursing Qualification. Evidence of ongoing CPD to maintain and further develop knowledge and skills relating to children and young people


  • Competent to level 3 of the Looked After Children: Knowledge, skills and competencies of health care staff intercollegiate role framework (2020)



  • Experience of working with vulnerable children and young people. Demonstrates knowledge of current health issues of children and young people in care. Demonstrates experience of working with child protection concerns. Experience of delivering health promotion/healthy lifestyle programmes. Comprehensive knowledge of healthy child development. Experience of working with partner agencies in relation to safeguarding children.


  • Evidence of previous teaching experience Experience of working with sexually exploited children and those that may have been exposed to radicalisation



  • Up to date and comprehensive knowledge of safeguarding procedures and collaborating in a multi-agency team. Statutory Guidance for Promoting Health and Wellbeing of Looked After Children (Dept Education and Dept Health 2015) Knowledge of the Children Act 1989 and 2004, the UN Convention on Rights of the Child. Knowledge and application of NMC Code of Conduct and Scope of Professional Practice


  • Knowledge of County lines/ FGM/exploitation and radicalisation



  • IT skills - Word, Power Point, Outlook, Excel, Patient Management Systems Ability to plan and prioritise own workload and manage time effectively Excellent written, verbal communication and presentation skills Car owner/driver essential, subject to the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) Ability to work efficiently as autonomous practitioner and as a team member across clinical area.


  • Audit and evaluation skills



  • Ability to work in isolation and as part of a team Empathic, approachable and non-judgemental. Ability to work flexibly The post holder must demonstrate a positive commitment to uphold diversity and equality policies. Ability to form positive working relationships



  • Effective time management within specified time scales Ability to demonstrate a commitment of lifelong learning and development

Employer details

Employer name

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust


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