We are looking for a First Level Registered Children’s Nurse to provide specialist nursing support, education and training to four Special Schools in Mid Essex. Experience in a community setting is desirable and the ability to work autonomously is essential. This post involves travel between different bases on different days of the week across four Mid Essex Schools (Chelmsford, Witham and Braintree) so car driver essential
Main duties of the job
- To co-ordinate and deliver an efficient and effective nursing service to meet the complex health needs of pupils attending the identified schools.
- To assess the level of need for training and assessment of competency for staff/ carers working with pupils in the identified schools.
- To provide clinical expertise and high quality education, training & assessment of competence to identified staff/ carers. This competency-based training will enable staff and carers to undertake specialist healthcare tasks for individual children/ young people to meet their specific healthcare needs in the school setting
This is a unique opportunity to work within a small friendly team, providing expert specialist nursing advice and support to children, families and education staff in four Special Schools in Mid Essex (Columbus School and College, Thriftwood School and College, Southview School and Edith Borthwick School). The post holder will be based on site in each of the schools on different days and be responsible for the training, education and support of school staff and communication with children, families and cross agency partners.
Provide is a Community Interest Company (social enterprise). We deliver a broad range of health and social care services in the community, and are committed to making sure that they are safe, responsive and of high quality. Provide is owned by its employees and has primarily social objectives. Any profits we make are reinvested into the local community or back into delivering services.
We work from a variety of community settings, such as community hospitals, community clinics, schools, nursing homes and primary care settings, as well as within people’s homes to provide more than 40 services to children, families and adults across Essex, Dorset, East Anglia and the North of England.
A highly respected, award winning health and social care provider. We expect our staff to demonstrate and uphold our values at all times:
Vision: Transforming Lives
Values: Care, Innovation and Compassion
Mission: An ambitious, employee owned social enterprise, growing in size and influence. We transform lives by treating, caring and educating people.
Provide is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills, proud to have LGBT+ and Ethnic Minority Networks.
We welcome applicants from underrepresented groups. If you have the skills and experience for the job, please apply regardless of your background.
Eligible for NHS Pension
14 February 2023
Agenda for change
£33,706 to £40,588 a year Term Time Only
Term time hours
Colchester Road, Springfield, Chelmsford
Clinical and Service
- To provide assessment, specialist clinical advice, nursing care and support to children/ young people and their families.
- To deliver agreed education and training programmes to identified staff/ carers
- To assess and identify the needs of the individual child/ young person, plan care appropriate to those needs and evaluate the outcome within Health, Social Care, Learning Services and Private and Voluntary Sector settings.
- To participate in the development of educational training packages and assessment tools to provide a robust competency based training programmes
- To provide one to one competency assessments and on-going reviews of competency to ensure the care delivered to the child or young person complies with agreed protocols and is of a high quality
- To ensure that risk assessments are completed, implemented, maintained and reviewed.
- To record all activity accurately using and creating reports as and when required via the Specialist Healthcare Tasks database
- To participate in the development of future systems and processes for recording and reporting activity
- To work in partnership with the child or young persons multi-disciplinary team to develop, implement and monitor plans of care which support the child or young person within the education setting
- To be aware of statutory, voluntary and ancillary services which are available to children and young people within the community and to work in partnership with such services and promote collaborative working.
- To act, at all times, in a manner that is sensitive to the differing social, cultural, religious, and communication needs and wishes of children and young people and their families.
Management and Leadership
- To provide supervision and monitoring of staff to ensure high quality and effective standards of care.
- To be aware of financial and budgetary controls and constraints to ensure the maintenance of the budget.
- To manage own workload effectively within identified time restraints.
- To maintain contemporaneous record keeping.
- To act as a representative for the service and organisation, working in partnership internally, locally and regionally.
- To develop a working environment and culture that actively improves health, safety and security.
- To travel between educational sites when required.
Clinical and Corporate Governance
- To work in accordance with the following polices and legislation – Provide policies and procedures, The Children Act 1989, SET Procedures and Essex Child Protection Guidelines.
- To assist in clinical audit and research, undertaking appropriate studies as required.
- To provide the data necessary to perform clinical audit in relation to the quality and activity of the Service.
- To ensure that all organisational policies and procedures are adhered to at all times.
- To provide accurate, statistical information as required.
- To initiate risk assessments relevant to area of practice and escalate concerns accordingly, liaising with and reporting any incidents to the Senior Nurse, Specialist Healthcare Tasks Service.
- To participate in forums to develop and improve evidence based clinical practice.
- To provide accurate, timely information relating to one owns sickness, absence, study leave and positive returns.
- The post holder must carry out all duties and conduct himself or herself in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct
Education and Development
- To participate in the education of personnel within the multi-disciplinary team and partnership agencies to the role of Specialist Healthcare Tasks Service.
- To participate in a personal development programme identified following individual performance review.
- To maintain high standards in all aspects of professional practice at all times. To keep up to date with professional developments, by attendance at study days, in-service training and educational courses as necessary.
- To organise/ participate in specialist study days/ seminars, locally.
- To establish and maintain effective communication with families in relation to the child/ young person within the Education Setting
- To Identify and initiate mechanisms that support the needs of children/ young people and their families, making positive representation on their behalf.
- To actively raise the profile of the Service through effective communication and formal presentations as required.
- To exercise tact and ensure confidentiality in relation to all duties with awareness of professional boundaries.
- To act a specialist resource to carers and all other members of the multi-disciplinary team.
- To undertake any other appropriate duties commensurate with the grade of the post that may reasonably be required by the Specialist Healthcare Tasks Team Leader.
Registered Children’s Nurse
- 2 years post basic experience
- Evidence of ability in providing training and education.
- Experience in working collaboratively across service boundaries and specialities
- Experience of evidence based practice/current issues
- Knowledge and understanding of working with children with disabilities and complex health needs.
- Ability to deliver presentations.
- Excellent verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
- Exceptional organisational and time management skills
- Proven ability of documentation development.
- Ability to travel by car between sites
- Understanding of and commitment to clinical governance.
- Commitment to and maintenance of up to date PREP requirements and own professional development.
- Knowledge of personal and legal responsibilities within the community setting
- Skills in developing and implementing policies and guidelines.
- Mature, reliable, confident and flexible approach to working
- Committed to Service development
- Able to work autonomously
- Evidence of working as a change agent
- Risk Management
- Demonstration of leadership skills
- Audit experience
- Computer literate
- Community Nursing experience
- Research experience
- Recognition and action in relation to clinical incidents
Ability to travel by car between sites
- 2 years post basic experience
Certificate of Sponsorship
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Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).