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School Nurse

Job Description

ELFT (East London NHS Foundation Trust) is making a positive difference to thousands of people’s lives, providing support so that they can fulfil their potential and enjoy healthy lives.

ELFT has been named one of the HSJ Top 10 best places to work in healthcare and we have the best staff engagement score in the country according to the national NHS staff survey results for 2014. We believe that staff who feel valued by the Trust and are truly engaged in the organisation deliver better outcomes for our patients. This Trust is clinician-led, and provides the highest possible level of clinical expertise throughout its services.

We have set ourselves the mission of providing the highest quality mental health and community care in England, and have embarked on an ambitious Quality Improvement Programme to transform the culture of the Trust to one of continuous improvement, delivered through participation of all staff and with service users, carers and families at the heart of our efforts to improve.

Geographic areas our services cover

ELFT provides a wide range of community and inpatient services to children, young people, adults of working age, older adults and forensic services to the City of London, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets, Bedfordshire and Luton. We provide psychological therapy services to the London Borough of Richmond, as well as Children and Young People's Speech and Language Therapy in Barnet.

In addition, the Trust provides forensic services to the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge and Waltham Forest, and some specialist mental health services to North London, Hertfordshire and Essex.

The specialist Forensic Personality Disorder service serves North London and the specialist Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME adult outpatient service serves North London and the South of England.

The Trust's specialist Mother and Baby Psychiatric Unit receives referrals from London and the South East of England.

Please state ‘Three reasons to shortlist me’ in the first paragraph of the supporting statement in order to be considered for shortlisting.

School Nursing Service. You will hold a nursing qualification, and the Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Nurse) qualification; both of which are essential for the post. Responsibilities will include managing the defined caseload, using a public health approach to provide and maintain a high quality service that promotes the physical and mental health of the school aged population and their families.

This will include health screening/surveillance, health promotion and a requirement to support the health needs of any vulnerable children/young people within the caseload as well as participating in the safeguarding process.

The successful candidate must have the ability to work autonomously, being part of a skill mix team and the ability to work within a multi-agency partnership environment.
Candidates should be aware of all current and relevant documentation relating to School Health Practice. A full induction, mentor/preceptorship and professional development will be available to the successful candidate.

So youre thinking of becoming a School Nurse in Newham.
Newham is an incredibly diverse borough with a very young population and is experiencing considerable regeneration as part of the Olympic legacy. There are over 86,000 children and young people in Newham and we want each of them to have the same life chances as young people in other parts of London.
Newhams Children and Young Peoples Services is currently undertaking an exciting transformation programme to create integrated Early Help and Safeguarding services for our children, young people and families. Our main aim for integrated working is to get it right first time for more children and young people.
To do this, we plan to grow our early help offer so that we make a real impact on children and young peoples learning, achievement, health, wellbeing and resilience. We will closely align our services to improve accessibility for residents and to strengthen partnerships between statutory, specialist, early help and universal services.
What does this mean for how School Nurses will work in Newham?
Newham Council has chosen to assume direct responsibility for providing School Nursing services in the borough in order to fully integrate school-age health provision into CYPS integrated neighbourhood teams.
This means that all School Nurses in the existing commissioned service will transfer to the Council under TUPE regulations and will be part of exciting new multi disciplinary teams based around four neighbourhood areas.
As part of a neighbourhood team your colleagues will comprise:
Family Coaches providing targeted early help to families
Social Workers providing social work assessments
Social Workers providing long-term social work casework including care proceedings, child protection and children in need.
Embedded CAMHS clinicians providing joint case consultation and/or case management
The role of School Nurses will be to provide health coordination and targeted early help for school aged children.

The wider integrated offer in each Neighbourhood Service will comprise services delivered by a range of partners including education settings, youth services, Best Start in Life (0-5) services and the new integrated childrens community health service.
We think that this is a really exciting opportunity for School Nurses to practice in a truly unique context in terms of both the regional and national context for childrens public health nursing.

We hope that you will come and join us and be part of this exciting transformation programme!

For further information please contact Recruitment Champion Matthew Anderson on V  ( Phone number removed )  or e-mail ( Email address removed )

The Trust is receiving a high volume of applications, therefore it is recommended you apply for the post as soon as possible. All adverts will close once we receive 50 applications. Off line applications will be not accepted.

We may share information you provide on the application form and as part of the recruitment process with NHS Protect and/or other organisations for the purpose of the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of fraud or any other unlawful activity affecting the NHS.

Please note all correspondence in relation to this post, will be via NHS jobs and an email alert will be sent to your inbox, therefore you must check your emails regularly.

If you do not hear from us within four weeks of the closing date, please consider that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. You must provide email addresses for all referees as we will contact them as soon as a offer has been made. Please note we do not request references prior to interviews

As part of our commitment to improving working lives, we have a range of innovative work-life balance policies and applications are welcome from people interested in working flexibly. Committed to equal opportunities we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our service users including those with mental health problems.

In line with the jobcentreplus two ticks symbol, all applicants who have declared that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for a post will be shortlisted.

All posts that involve regularly caring for, supervising, training or being in sole charge of children and/or vulnerable adults will be subject to an enhanced DBS check.

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