Job Description

Location: Edinburgh

Employment hours: Part time

Salary: £6,445.68 – £8,638.87 (pro rata) per annum

Contract type: Contract

Closing date: 1 August 2022

We are seeking to appoint a part-time, School Nurse to join our Schools on a temporary basis from 22 August 2022 (or as soon after as possible) until 30 June 2023.

ESMS is a vibrant, friendly and welcoming family of schools, set in beautiful grounds in the heart of Edinburgh. We are a diamond school combining a co-educational junior school and sixth form with single-sex senior schools. Our School has always been a pioneer of rounded education. Children’s education is underpinned by our nine values: appreciation, commitment, confidence, enthusiasm, grace, integrity, kindness, respect and responsibility. From virtual reality headsets in the classroom to developing one of the first outdoor learning programmes in Scotland, we are always searching for new ways to develop the whole child.

The people that work for us are passionate, pioneering and strive for excellence in everything they do. We value the incredible contributions they make to school life, we invest in their careers and we support their ambitions so that they flourish professionally and personally.

This is a temporary, part time position for 2 days per week; specifically on a Tuesday and a Thursday. The hours of work will be from 10:15am until 2:45pm on Tuesday, and from 10:15am until 2:30pm on Thursday, totalling a paid working week of 8.75 hours (term time only).

The salary range is £6,445.68 – £8,638.87 (pro rata) per annum, which is 21 to 29 on the ESMS Nurses scale, dependent upon qualifications and experience.

The closing date is 12pm on Monday, 1 August 2022. We anticipate interviews will take place week commencing 8 August 2022.


Basic Function : The School Nurse will work alongside another School Nurse, as part of the team responsible for the Medical Department at Ravelston, covering The Mary Erskine School (MES) and the ESMS Junior School (Nursery – P3)

Accountability : The School Nurse will be accountable directly to the Nursing Supervisor

Authority : The School Nurse will have authority as delegated by the Nursing Supervisor and other promoted staff. They will liaise with the School Medical Officer

Relationships : The School Nurse works closely with the team of Nurses across all sites, School Medical Officer, Health and Safety Advisor and the School Counsellor. They will also liaise with a range of internal and external stakeholders, including parents.


• Care of children who become unwell or are injured during the school day.

• Care of pupils with ongoing medical needs (e.g. diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, etc.)

• Health screening by school entry questionnaire and testing of height/weight/visual activity/colour vision of all P1, new P2-3 pupils and boarders

• Communication with teaching and support staff including relevant members of school management in MES and ESMS Junior School, and any external bodies (e.g. school doctor)

• Liaison with Child Protection Co-ordinators, monitoring and support of children at risk

• Administration of medication as per NMC/RCN guidelines and school policy

• Provide information and advice to pupils, staff and parents on a range of health issues (e.g. mental, emotional, sexual, etc. health)

• Maintaining confidential medical records for individual children in line with NMC guidelines and school policy.

• Referring pupils to the school Counsellor/their General Practitioner/other agencies if required

• Provide first-aid advice to staff and pupils, and ensure that the appropriate medical kits are provided for out of school activities (e.g. Duke of Edinburgh, Carbisdale, school trips, etc.)

• Weekly checks of emergency defibrillators/asthma kits

• Assistance with immunisation programmes in collaboration with Lothian Health Board school vaccination team

• Teaching health education (e.g. first aid management) and sessions for Duke of Edinburgh

• Budgetary control: spending and ordering necessary equipment and medicines as required


• Excellent communication and analytical skills with a commitment to delivering excellent customer service.

• Ability to multi-task and prioritise own workload with good attention to detail.

• Independent, self-motivated and organised; with an ability to work as part of a team.

• Ability to remain calm under pressure and follow procedures to ensure safety and well-being of pupils and colleagues.

• People focused.


• Registered General Nurse (RGN) qualification is essential.

• Registered Children’s Nurse (RSCN) training is desirable.

• Experience of working in an education setting is desirable.


• Professional registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council

• Continuous professional development as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Code of Conduct, including a minimum of 35 hours within a 3-year period.


As an equal opportunities employer, ESMS is committed to the equal treatment of all current and prospective employees and does not condone discrimination on the basis of age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race or ethnicity, religion or belief, gender identity, or marriage and civil partnership. We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join ESMS.

Role : This is a temporary part time position available from 22 August 2022 (or as soon after as possible) until 30 June 2023

Annual Leave: Annual leave will be a paid allowance in the annual salary as this is a term time only contract. All holidays will be taken during the school holidays

Location : The postholder will be based at Mary Erskine School at Ravelston

Hours of Work: 10:15am – 2:45pm on Tuesday and 10:15am – 2:30pm on Thursday, totalling a paid working week of 8.75 hours during term time only

Salary : Salary will reflect qualifications and relevant experience. The salary range is £6,445.68 – £8,638.87 (pro rata) per annum, which is 21 to 29 on the ESMS Nurses scale

Eligibility : ESMS is unable to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. International applicants will therefore be unable to apply for and secure a Skilled Worker visa. The successful candidate will only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK

Pension Candidates will be enrolled automatically into the Merchant Company Stakeholder Pension Scheme

Staff Benefits: Staff are offered a range of benefits including: free school lunch during term time, use of the Schools’ swimming pool and fitness room outside school hours and membership of the ESMS Discount and Benefits Scheme, including a range of discounts at 130,000 retail and entertainment locations. Staff with children at the Erskine Stewart’s Melville Schools are entitled to a tuition fee discount of 50% (pro-rata) from Nursery to Sixth Form

The closing date is 12pm on Monday, 1 August 2022. We anticipate interviews will take place week commencing 8 August 2022.

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