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Specialist School Nursing Team Lead

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
23 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Special School Nursing Service (CYP Team Lead post is a new leadership role based within the Children and Young People's Community Nursing Service (CYPCN) in Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust (SCFT). Leadership is focused on the clinical, public health and learning disability nursing of children and young people (CYP) in special school settings. This involves working closely with families and school staff, as well as undertaking operational performance review of the service.

The Team Lead will be responsible for leading the Special School Nursing service operating in identified Special Educational Needs & Disability (SEND) schools in the West Sussex and Brighton and Hove area. They will ensure a standardised, equitable service is delivered across the locality, acknowledging differing caseload complexities. They will contribute to the development of the Sussex countywide CYPCN Service together with other senior nurses, ensuring policy and practice is developed and delivered in line with Trust and national best practice standards.

The Team Lead will have an approximate 75% operational: 25% clinical delivery role a key element of this role is in performance management for the delivery of the SSN service, including the responsibility for day-to-day line management of the SSN team, including authorising leave and travel expenses. This role will include providing clinical delivery of care in a West Sussex and Brighton and Hove Special School.

Main duties of the job

Work collaboratively with the Clinical Lead and Practice Development Nurses to support and direct the team

Provide day-to-day operational leadership for the team.

Manage a small caseload of CYP attending Special School's in an identified locality.

Lead and manage the delivery of quality nursing care, support, information, and advice and ensuring that appropriate resources are available to provide care for CYP whom access the identified SEND schools in West Sussex and Brighton and Hove.

Support and educate staff offering direction and leadership surrounding delivery of nursing care for the SSN caseload and continual professional development.

Maintain excellent communication channels with service stakeholders. Engaging in flexible, cross boundary partnership working including the CYP and family/carer, to develop seamless service provision and deliver safe quality care.

Staff may be required to work anywhere in West Sussex and Brighton and Hove to meet the needs of the commissioned service.

This is a new and evolving SSN role. This job description may change with development of the post and in agreement with the post holder.

About us

We are the main provider of NHS community services across East and West Sussex. Our 6,000 staff serve a population of 1.3 million providing essential medical, nursing, and therapeutic care to adults and children.

Our Trust vision is to provide excellent care at the heart of the community, helping people plan, manage, adapt to changes in their health, supporting avoidable hospital admissions and reducing hospital stay times.

We have opportunities for everyone across our wide variety of services including medical, clinical, support and corporate services.

Why work for us?
  • Positive 2023 NHS Staff Survey results, scoring highly in compassionate culture & leadership, and staff wellbeing support
  • Variety of working environments across the community, in patients' homes, within our community hospitals and bases across the county
  • Supportive flexible working patterns such as: part time, flexi time, annualised hours, and flexi retirement options
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Research opportunities
  • Cost-effective workplace nurseries in Crawley, Hove and Brighton
  • Thriving BAME, Disability and Wellbeing, LGBT+ and Religion and Belief staff networks
  • Level 3 accredited Disability Confident Leader, committed to creating inclusive workplaces
  • Veteran Aware Trust, achieving accreditation from Veterans Covenant Healthcare Alliance (VCHA)
  • Located in stunning Sussex, with easy access to the South Downs and the coast
  • Access to a wide range of benefits and discounts for NHS staff

Job description

Job responsibilities

The Team Lead will ensure a safe and consistent nursing service is delivered to CYP on the register of the identified SEND Schools. This includes assisting withprioritisation and ensuring equity of service delivery across the caseloads.

The Team Lead will set and maintain clinical and service performance standards in the SEND schools as well as supporting the wider CYP Community Nursing

Service with care standards as necessary.

The Team Lead will lead and manage the day-to-day operational nursing, personnel, performance, and allocation of work, reporting directly to either the Matrons or General Manager.

The Team Lead will support the Clinical Lead on developing a countywide health needs profile and work with the Matrons and General Manager to secure funding to establish provision based on identified need.

The Team Lead will lead on staff development and performance within the team and ensure that all appraisals are completed annually and ensure feedback on performance is given at regular intervals throughout the year in conjunction with Clinical Lead.

For further information please use the Job Description and Person Specification

Person Specification

Qualifications and/or professional registration


  • Registered Nurse Child /Learning Disability or Registered Nurse Adult with School Nursing SCPHN
  • ENB 998 / Mentorship module/ Supporting Education in Practice or equivalent
  • Relevant study at Level 7 & willing to work towards relevant Masters level qualification Postgraduate certificate in Management / Leadership / Change Management qualification


  • BSc/MSc Specialist Practice Qualification /Specialist Nurse Practitioner - Child or equivalent / Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN)
  • Other relevant advanced nursing qualifications at level 6/7 e.g., Complex Care, Advanced Communication, Safeguarding, Health Assessment module



  • Extensive post registration relevant clinical children's community /school nursing experience at Band 6 or above
  • Significant experience working with a diverse range of CYP and their families in the community setting including complex disability, complex care & palliative care
  • Recent experience of a relevant leadership role
  • Experience of teaching clinical skills/ health promotion
  • Significant experience of planning, managing and co-ordinating programmes of care in collaboration with other allied health, social, education and volunteer agencies
  • Experience of clinical supervision and supporting a team of nurses
  • Evidence of financial management
  • Evidence of a range of clinical competencies appropriate to the role
  • Evidence of post registration professional development within the last three years


  • Evidence of clinical audit and service evaluation
  • Experience of operational leadership

Skills and knowledge


  • Robust understanding of Special School Nursing role
  • Advanced assessment and care planning skills
  • Excellent understanding of CYP's communication, physical well-being & emotional needs can identify their changing individual needs and preferences and promote independence.
  • Excellent Communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate and engage with staff who may be adverse or resistant to change
  • Presentation and reporting skills
  • Ability to prioritise service workload and maintain quality care in times of pressure
  • Ability to develop, set up and implement new working practices, structures to support them, and evaluate processes once implemented and initiate support.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge of child and adult safeguarding and take appropriate action to safeguard
  • Awareness of professional responsibilities and boundaries
  • Able to work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary interagency teams and to liaise effectively with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to organise and respond efficiently to complex information/ distressing news, understanding when they need to seek supervision or assistance
  • Ability to multitask


  • Interest in new technologies, processes and applications, working knowledge of IT applications with willingness to develop.

Other requirements


  • Ability to travel as required to meet the needs of the service daily with a full valid driving license

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust


Unit 3, The Quadrant

60 Marlborough Road, Lancing Business Park


BN15 8UW

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