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Nurse Advisor Children in Care

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 per annum, pro rata
Closing date
26 Jul 2024

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We are looking for an enthusiastic nurse to join our Children in Care (CIC) team at County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust.

The post holder must possess specialist professional knowledge to degree level have a valid nursing registration possess clear understanding and specialised knowledge relevant to Children in Care and associated legislative processes.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have experience of working within a multi-agency forum and demonstrate significant experience of undertaking holistic health assessments of children and young people.

The post holder will work alongside the CiC team to develop and build on existing links with health professionals.

An essential element of the post will be communication and liaison with health service colleagues especially CDDFT Paediatricians, HDFT 0-25 service, GPs and other relevant statutory and voluntary agencies in order to develop effective working procedures and relationships and to improve links with the Children in Care Team

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

Work within the Safeguarding Childrens, CiC and the Community Paediatric Team to assist the Trust in fulfilling its responsibilities as provider of services to improve the health of our children in care

Plan and prioritise own workload, ensuring sufficient time is allocated to all aspects of role

Able to deputise in the absence of Named Nurse or Senior Nurse

Plan and undertake statutory health assessments for Durham CiC who live in Darlington and the 20 mile radius and for those children and young people living in Darlington from other local authority areas including those children and young people with complex needs, within a legal framework and timescale

Be able to formulate a comprehensive health care plan understanding the increased vulnerability of CiC that will reduce the risk of emotional harm and meet identified health needs

Identify services to meet the complex health needs of CiC

To undertake health summaries for all Durham young people approaching 18 years of age to promote a smooth transition into adulthood

Be responsible for developing and implementing nurse-led care and interventions e.g. appropriate referral to other agencies such as Paediatrics, SaLT, OT and CAMHS

Be able to work with various statutory and voluntary organisations to ensure that the health needs of CiC are supported particularly in relation to sexual health, emotional health and risk taking behaviours

Establish clear and effective communication links with children/young people, parents/carers, social care & education staff and a range of other professionals including children and young people with complex needs such as language difficulties, learning and behavioural difficulties and where English is not their first language, use appropriate resources such as interpreters etc.

To improve health outcomes for Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Young People living in County Durham and Darlington

Listen appropriately and take into account any sensitive issues and communicate these to appropriate agencies/persons ensuring that children are protected and that disclosures are acted upon appropriately

To deliver training in accordance with the requirements of the service

To keep up to date with current research and health trends relevant to the post and undertake approved training for personal and professional development to enhance the effectiveness of the post

Work in accordance with Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership (DSCP) and NHS County Durham Child Protection policies and guidelines

To maintain The NMC Code of Professional standards of practice and behaviour

To identify gaps in service provision to Children in Care

To provide health advice to other agencies i.e. local authority

To be a panel member of the Fostering Service North East (Durham)

Be able to interpret and advise on a broad range of health information

Attend strategies, risk management meetings and CiC reviews and be able to communicate information accurately and sensitively

Offer clinical support, advice and knowledge and shadowing experiences to both qualified and student nurses

Undertake and participate in audits as required by the Senior Nurse CiC on both a single and multi-agency basis

To ensure that the implementation of individual health plans are monitored

Review the pattern of health care referrals and their outcome

To ensure full registration of each child or young person and all care experienced with a GP and a dentist

Be responsible for using IT equipment to deliver own day to day functions, including data generation and storage

Accurately record all data and information in accordance with CDDFT policies and legal requirements, maintaining the strictest confidentiality

Person Specification

Special Requirements


  • Must be able to drive, have access to a vehicle and hold a UK current and valid driving licence
  • Must be able to drive independently across CDDFT footprint
  • Ability to work flexibly if required
  • Satisfactory enhanced DBS clearance



  • RGN or RN Dip HE (Child)
  • SCPHN or equivalent Health Visiting / School Nursing qualifications
  • Children in Care experience/knowledge


  • Additional relevant qualification of working with vulnerable children or ability to demonstrate having gained equivalent knowledge



  • Experience and ability to demonstrate working across agency boundaries
  • Experience and ability to demonstrate teaching and assessing students, support staff and peers
  • Able to demonstrate professional development from a minimum of 2 years working with children and families in the community
  • Experience of attending multi-agency meetings including CiC revies, risk management & strategy meetings


  • Experience of clinical audit and performance management or willingness to learn
  • Experience as a supervisor

Statutory Registration


  • Current NMC registration

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • The current government guidance in relation to Children in Care / Looked After Children
  • The current issues in relation to information sharing, consent and confidentiality
  • The development needs of children across the age ranges 0-18 years and in particular to the health inequalities in relation to Children in Care
  • Trauma informed care
  • Strong commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • IT skills (email, internet, word processing)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to produce clear written reports
  • Ability to produce comprehensive health assessments
  • Ability to prioritise own time and prioritise effectively
  • Be able to confidently challenge practice and support colleagues in challenging perceived views offered by other professionals
  • Positive and flexible approach
  • Able to demonstrate ability to work within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Able to demonstrate ability to work within a multi-agency environment
  • Ability to prioritise work demonstrating effectiveness during significant change
  • Adaptable to situations and can motivate people of all capabilities and attitudes
  • Self-motivated, proactive and innovative
  • Commitment to child-focused care
  • Able to undertake assessment of risk
  • Able to challenge views of members of health and other agency teams
  • Able to work effectively with all levels of staff
  • Ability to transport self and equipment around the area
  • Ability to work autonomously and commit to the team
  • Adhere to CDDFT Trust values and behaviours
  • Ability to facilitate effective team working
  • Self-motivated, proactive and innovative

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust

Hollyhurst Road


County Durham


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