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Senior Nurse for: Special Needs School Nursing

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year pa pro rata
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

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Nurse, Community nurse, School nurse
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
You will be a highly motivated and enthusiastic RN child, RSCN trained nurse with relevant paediatric and special needs school nursing experience, wishing to expand your knowledge and skills of working with children within the special needs school setting. You will impart specialist knowledge and advice across a range of health and social care issues, utilising evidence based research. As a Band 6, senior nurse for Special Needs School Nursing you will manage your own defined safeguarding caseload in conjunction with the Band 5 nurses, acting as a key worker for vulnerable children instigating safeguarding procedures as required.

You will work primarily within the Pennine special school nursing team, working closely with the named school nurses but as part of the role there may be the requirement at times to work across the LSCFT special school footprint. You will have line management responsibilities for the Band 5 staff nurses working within the designated schools in the named locality with support from the team leader.

It is essential that you have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling you to work in partnership with the child's parents', teachers and other health care professionals, offering support and advice to education staff on health related issues that affect the children within the school setting.

Main duties of the job

To work as part of the children's complex needs nursing team providing a service for children referred for assessment and intervention within the special needs school nursing team.

To be responsible for a caseload of children and young people with complex and/or additional needs.

To undertake comprehensive assessment of children and young people with varied presentations, using self-determined investigative and analytical skills, to formulate hypotheses in order to determine appropriate interventions and goals.

To establish individualised management and treatment plans, using clinical reasoning and utilising a range of evidence based treatment skills and options to formulate interventions and programmes of care.

To participate in the co-ordination, development and delivery of training programmes and information packages for colleagues in health, education, social care, and voluntary sector Organisations, and parents/carers.

Act as special needs school nursing lead for safeguarding issues within designated schools

To participate in identifying service development needs and delivering service development projects.

To engage with and support team leaders within professional development activities.

To provide specialist advice to Team Colleagues in area of own practice regarding specific service delivery issues.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached job description and person specification for more information about this role

Person Specification

Education/ Qualifications


  • -Registered nurse qualification/RSCN
  • -Current Professional Registration with NMC
  • -Evidence of continued professional development
  • -Evidence of formal training / self-study / specialist experience to post graduate level



  • Understanding of clinical governance framework & implications for practice, including audit and research governance
  • Knowledge of a broad range of assessment tools for children with diverse needs.
  • Knowledge of a range of therapy techniques and programmes for children with diverse needs/ related to client group
  • Knowledge of research, evidence-based practice and current issues relating to client group
  • Knowledge of professional clinical local and national guidelines.



  • Evidence of recent and relevant post graduate experience encompassing the specialist field of practice. that demonstrates an in depth knowledge of specialist area
  • Multi-disciplinary/multi-agency collaborative working
  • Experience of working with children with complex needs and their families in community/non clinical setting
  • Safeguarding of children and implementation of policy and procedures with evidence of training/updates

Skills and Abilities


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal
  • Able to work independently as lead specialist.
  • Ability to manage children with challenging behaviours
  • Demonstrating good leadership skills

Employer details

Employer name

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust


Special Schools Nursing Team

St Peters Centre


BB11 2DL

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