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Advanced Certificate in Professional Practice for School Nurses

3rd November 2021 @ 10:00 am - 16th May 2022 @ 3:45 pm


This seminar is suitable for practitioners working with boarding students and in residential care/accommodation settings.


Course outline

School nurses form a key part of the safeguarding and pastoral care framework within our schools however staff CPD opportunities seldom focus on the key areas to support their professional development. As part of a refocus of the training available through the BSA, we can now offer a standalone Professional Practice Certificate for school medical staff.

This course will link professional practice with current research and best practice to provide a unique opportunity for school nurses, whether working in relative isolation or as part of the medical team, to development their knowledge, skills and practice across a wide range of the key current themes/topics most relevant to their role. In addition, there will be a linked research project which will provide the chance to focus on a specific aspect in more detail.

The course is tutor led and will consist of four separate live online study days spread over a full academic year. The sessions on each study day will be a mixture of presentations often with an external expert, and group discussions. The live online study days will be held on:

  • 3rd November 2021, 10:00 am – 3:45 pm
  • 11th January 2022, 10:00 am – 3:45 pm
  • 8th March 2022, 10:00 am – 3:45 pm
  • 16th May 2022, 10:00 am – 3:45 pm.


Training topics will include

  • The role of the Nurse in a school setting
  • The medical centre in the wider context: inspection planning, managing medicines
  • Where to now: progression and development within the medical centre: auditing/department development plans
  • Working with children with ASD and ADHD
  • Travel Health and immunisations
  • Managing a critical incident
  • Drug misuse and screening
  • Delivering health education in a school setting
  • Working with young people with disordered eating
  • Mental health risk assessment/working with a mental health lead/pastoral team
  • Legal issues
  • Policy writing
  • Sexual health, contraception and screening
  • Managing children from overseas with medical conditions
  • Supervision/revalidation and clinical supervision
  • Working with external agencies
  • Course assignment and reflection.


Course Assignment

The course assignment provides course students with an opportunity to focus on a specific area of particular relevance to their school/role. This can range from ‘supporting a student with a complex medical condition; a review of the nursing provision in the school; the development of a new appraisal system; the management of medical records across a whole school; health promotion models; to a student guide to accessing specific support for an emotional health issue.

The assignment will take the form of a 2,500 – 3,000 word written project which can be an essay or a report which must be submitted by July 2022. These will be assessed by the course tutor and the results published/certificates issued in the early Autumn.


Learning outcomes

  • To understand nursing and the role of nurse in the school setting
  • To promote high standards of care for all children
  • To work within the guidance required in the UK.



Jane Graham, Director, Hieda
Trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Jane has 27 years of nursing background; 17 of which is in trauma and intensive care. Whilst in PICU, she had a number of different roles. Nine years of that included a role as a specialist retrieval nurse (CATS) that entailed travelling around the country to stabilize and bring back critically unstable children. To do this she learned advanced nursing and basic medical skills in resuscitation, all medical conditions, and trauma.

She went on to teach these skills to student nurses, qualified nurses and junior doctors as the Practice educator on intensive care. This role also involved lecturing regularly at South Bank University. She has been a DSL for Safeguarding at an independent boarding school where she was Lead Nurse. She is also an instructor for Qualsafe, an awarding body approved by the HSE.



  • Member rate: £650 (This covers all four study days, assignment marking, certificates and Accredited Boarding Practitioner status.)
  • Non-member rate: £750*


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3 November @ 10:00 am
16th May 2022 @ 3:45 pm
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