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Job summary

Main area
Children, Learning Disability, Schools
NHS AfC: Band 6
  • Full time
  • Term time hours
35 hours per week (Term Time Only)
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Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust
Employer type
Watling View School
St Albans
£33,706 - £40,588 per annum pro rata plus HCAS
Salary period
04/12/2022 23:59
Interview date

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Special School Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 6

Job overview

Special School Nurse Band 6

Are you looking for a new challenge and interested in working with children within the community? If so, we are recruiting a Special School Nurse to join our Special School Nursing Service. The post will involve working across 4 special schools within West Hertfordshire on a term-time only basis. 

You will provide specialist school nursing services for children and young people with learning and physical disabilities within special schools, demonstrating excellent evidence based health care interventions. In particular to undertake the role of planning, implementing and monitoring children’s health needs within school. To work in partnership with children, parents and carers, together with other professionals and agencies to meet health, development and safeguarding needs.  

Interview - 12th December

Main duties of the job

The specialist school nursing service provides nursing care for children and young people with learning and physical disabilities within special schools. The role will involve planning, implementing and monitoring children’s health needs within school. You will work in partnership with children, parents and carers, together with other professionals and agencies to meet health, development and safeguarding needs of the children and young people within special schools.

The position requires an experienced Registered Children’s Nurse who is passionate about meeting the health needs for children with disabilities in a way that maximises their opportunities. The role will require a significant amount of training for both health and education staff and the post holder will require good up to date clinical skills to deliver this.

You must hold a full, valid UK driving licence and have access to a car to use regularly for business purposes (unless you have a disability as defined by the Equality Act 2010.


Working for our organisation

A big thank you for considering joining us at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust 
You’ll find it a great place to work with many benefits offered to you as a member of our staff
We put our patients, their families and carers at the centre of our vision -  Outstanding Services and Healthier Communities  
Our staff are proud to be Innovative, Caring and Agile in their work to help achieve the Trust vision
We welcome diversity in our workforce and are interested in applicants from all backgrounds and ages
We don’t want you to miss out so we’d like you to know that if we have a high level of interest in this role, the vacancy may close prior to the advertised closing date, so please make your application as soon as possible - Apply now
You’ve made a great decision to apply to join to HCT - we’re looking forward to taking the next steps of the journey with you.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Operational Delivery

  • To provide nursing care to children in school as and when this is required.
  • With colleagues from School Health organise and participate in the yearly immunisation programme.
  • To participate in the process of assessment, development and maintenance of individual care plans and protocols undertaking practical aspects of the programmes where required.
  • To ensure the smooth running of clinics within the school working in partnership with Community Paediatricians, dieticians, eyes teams, children’s community nurses, also ensuring good communication with other professionals and families as appropriate.
  • To provide training to education colleagues ensuring care plans and protocols are adhered to.

Patient / Customer Care

  •  Demonstrate sound clinical practice and effective responses to emergency situations.
  • Demonstrate sound clinical practice in the management of health care interventions. This includes gastrostomy care and nutrition, tracheostomy care and respiratory management in complex needs children. To monitor the needs of children with epilepsy and respond effectively in emergency situations. The management of children on continuous oxygen.
  • Undertake safe management and administration of medicines within school in accordance with local policy and NMC guidelines.
  • To promote and maintain personally high levels of nursing / professional standards. To have understanding of and adhere to local, regional and national policies and guidelines ensuring safe and innovative practice.
  • Be aware of child protection guidance/policy issues and the need for effective and robust documentation and communication in line with child safeguarding procedures. Complete safeguarding referrals and attend case conferences as required.
  • Undertake health promotion/education activities in the class setting.

Whilst it is not a legal requirement, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust encourages and supports all staff to be vaccinated as this remains the best line of defence against COVID-19.

We are committed to supporting flexible working options for staff, wherever possible, and welcome discussions on flexible working patterns to support our staff to maintain a healthy work life balance.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Children’s Nurse
  • First Degree in relevant subject or equivalent qualification and experience
  • Registered Specialist Practitioner or equivalent post graduate qualification and experience
  • Evidence of Continuing Professional Development
Desirable criteria
  • Management Qualification


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge and experience of teaching and assessing children, parents and staff
  • Computer skills inc. email, internet and office applications
  • Knowledge and skills in the management of long term conditions and complex needs
  • Sound knowledge of safeguarding issues and policy/legal framework
  • Knowledge and skills in the management of acute paediatric conditions
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working as a Special School Nurse


Essential criteria
  • Ability to negotiate and work across agencies in a professional manner
  • Ability to create and maintain good relationships with child and family while respecting family privacy and maintaining professional boundaries
  • Ability to act as an advocate for child and family
  • Knowledge and experience of how chronic illness/long term conditions affects the child and family


Essential criteria
  • Car driver with full licence

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Miriam Tunc
Job title
Team leader Special School Nursing Service
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

or contact Hannah Redman - 07721 857 481 - Service Manager for Specialist Children's Nursing Services.


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