Job Description

Job overview

Have you ever thought about a career as a School Nurse, working with children, young people and their families to improve health and wellbeing outcomes?  Our experience of providing services to families during a global pandemic has further highlighted how essential these roles are to supporting children, young people and families around a range of issues including growth and development, emotional wellbeing, safeguarding and promotion of healthy lifestyles.

We are looking to recruit highly motivated individuals keen to develop their skills within Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) (School Nursing). There are opportunities across the Trust in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire & Peterborough, Luton and Norfolk. If you are passionate about the public health agenda, can adopt a think family approach to your interventions and have a desire to improve health outcomes for children and young people, this may be the career choice for you.

Main duties of the job

Programme of Study

You will undertake the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing Course (School Nursing) at Masters Level and will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma upon successful completion of the course and will be offered a post within one of our Healthy Child Programme 0-19 teams. You will undertake the course at either Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge Campus) or University of Suffolk (Ipswich) depending on the locality of the HCP you are appointed to.

The course is full time over 52 weeks with 50% of your time being academic study and the other 50% will be practice experience within a Healthy Child Programme 0-19 locality team. Annual Leave is set by the Universities and this is not negotiable. Students are employed on a fixed term contract for the duration of the course at midpoint B5 (Agenda for Change).


Working for our organisation

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

For more information and to apply please visit:

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Application Process

For posts in Peterborough please apply via this advert, for any of the other areas, please see alternative adverts on NHS Jobs.

You will need to be a current NMC registrant (or about to qualify) in any branch of nursing or midwifery and meet the academic requirements of the university. Applications are shared with our University partners.

Please note these roles are subject to funding from Health Education England. The offer is also subject to a high cost learning contract with the Trust – full details will be provided at interview.

Within your personal statement please indicate which area of the Trust you would prefer to work in and take the opportunity to clearly demonstrate excellent written and communication skills and how you meet the person specification. We also want you to inform us how you would use your skills, knowledge and experience in these exciting roles.

Interviews – week beginning 6th September 2021

Interviews will take place week beginning 6th September 2021, however, Microsoft Teams may be used in line with Covid-19 guidelines at the time. There will be an Initial group welcome to introduce you to Cambridge Community Services/Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust. Links will be sent out for other elements of the interview including clinical and academic interview panels and reflective/writing skills exercises.

You will need to be able to travel independently. Any costs incurred by travel to university during the course need to be met by the student. Any mileage costs incurred whilst undertaking practical placement will be paid by the Trust from your allocated base.

We will communicate any interview arrangements via email. It is advisable you check your email address on a regular basis (including your junk mail).

Person specification

Education/ Qualifications

Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse or midwife current NMC registration on part 1 or 2 of the register
  • To demonstrate the ability to study at level 7
  • Evidence of academic study in the last 5 years
Desirable criteria
  • Currently be working in a nursing role or one relevant to public health nursing
  • Practice Assessor Qualification


Essential criteria
  • Ability to work with Children & Young People and their families to provide holistic, evidence based care
  • Knowledge of legislation, national and local policy related to specialist area
Desirable criteria
  • Ability to confidently engage in formal teaching sessions
  • Community Public Health experience

Skills & Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Ability to prioritise and plan workload

Knowledge & Understanding

Essential criteria
  • Able to identify with the Trusts commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience of Clinical audit

Other requirements

Essential criteria
  • The ability to travel across county to include all three localities (Hunts, Cambs and Peterborough)