Job Description

Special School Nurse

NHS AfC: Band 5

  • Main area: Paediatric Nurse
  • Grade: NHS AfC: Band 5
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Hours: Part time (Term time hours)
  • Job ref: 361-2UPL-3419126
  • Site: Lonsdale School
  • Town: Stevenage
  • Salary: £24,907 – £30,615 per annum pro rata
  • Salary period: Yearly
  • Closing: 16/09/2021 23:59
  • Interview date: 22/09/2021
Here at the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general and specialist services we provide. Our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care.

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic, highly motivated and forward thinking children’s nurse to join our Special School Nursing Team in Hertfordshire.

We have a part time post of 26  hours per week term time only.

The Special school nursing team provides holistic nursing care to pupils who attend Lonsdale, Greenside, Lakeside and Amwell View School.

These schools are for pupils with both severe learning difficulties and physical, neurological conditions.

The successful candidate will be based at Lonsdale School in Stevenage.

We work collaboratively with children, families, carers, school staff and the wider multi-disciplinary team within the education setting to ensure a supportive and caring learning environment.

The candidate must be a registered Children’s Nurse with recent experience of working with children and young people.


Main duties of the job

The successful applicant will be responsible for providing clinical skills and ensuring a holistic, family centred approach to assessing, planning, implementing, and evaluating the health needs of the children.

The role will include teaching/training and supporting the team as well as the school staff in meeting and maintaining the health needs of the children, this may involve complex epilepsy management, enteral feeding and tracheostomy care.


Working for our organisation

At East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, we are proud of the range of general and specialist services we provide and our 6,000 or so dedicated staff ensure our patients get the best care. Our ability to be flexible and innovative in the way in which we work and deliver our services to our catchment has never been more important than it is now.

We run the following hospitals:

  • The Lister Hospital, Stevenage
  • New Queen Elizabeth II (New QEII), Welwyn Garden City
  • Hertford County, Hertford
  • Mount Vernon Cancer Centre (MVCC), Northwood

We have ambitious plans to become an outstanding, patient-led Trust where dedicated staff provide high-quality, compassionate care to our patients.  We continue to undergo significant transformation and our staff and patients are at the heart of delivering this ambitious agenda.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

In the paragraphs above you have read an overview about the role we would like to offer and general information about main duties of the post holder.  Please see attached – job description which describes in full details the duties, responsibilities and reporting relationships of the advertising role.

Main role requirements are below but for full details please refer to attached person specification.

  • Act as role model for all staff.
  • Seek opportunities to implement communication initiatives both within children’s Services and externally to users.
  • Communicate effectively with other team members and other health care professionals, recognise and respect their particular contributions within the multidisciplinary teams.
  • Communicate effectively with the head teacher and all education staff, providing training programmes, advice and support within school nursing hours.
  • Create a child centred atmosphere, delegating to other members of staff to maintain standards at a high quality level.
  • Take the lead in establishing excellent standards of care.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse Child or RN Learning Disabilities with recent experience of working with children/young people.
  • Current NMC Registration
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development.
Desirable criteria
  • Mentorship Course
  • Degree

Previous Experience

Essential criteria
  • Considerable post registartion experience
  • General Paediatric experience
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of working with children and young people in a community setting
  • Experience of working with children and young people with complex needs and disabilities
  • Experience of working in an educational setiing
  • Experience of teaching others


Essential criteria
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Competent in basic nursing skills
  • Ability to work co-operatively in a team of people
  • Ability to remain calm and composed in a challenging situation
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • IT skills
Desirable criteria
  • Good understanding of the role of multidisciplinary team work with children with complex needs
  • Early leadership skills


Essential criteria
  • Knowledge of safeguarding children and young people
  • Knowledge of key health related issues affecting children and young people

Other Requirements

Essential criteria
  • Car driver plus access to a car