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Valence School

Special School Nurse - Band 5


Salary equivalent to NHS Band 5

Term Time only (39 working weeks plus 6.4 weeks paid holiday)

Part or Full-time : 24 to 40 hours per week

Benefits include a generous pension & life cover, retail discounts, training opportunities, well-being sessions, free on site parking.

Based in beautiful Westerham, Kent, Valence School is a local authority maintained school, supporting students aged from 4 to 19 with complex medical needs.  Following a recent change in provision, the school is looking to recruit its own team of nurses to meet the needs of both day and boarding students.

We are seeking a Special School Nurse who would welcome the opportunity to be part of a new and exciting venture, helping to shape a revised model of practice delivery within our school.  As part of a wider health team, we are keen to find an individual who enjoys  working collaboratively to find solutions and who demonstrates empathy and understanding and who is uncompromising in their desire to attain the best care for our students.

Supported by a team of Healthcare Assistants, our nurses will deliver staff training, which is evidence-based on a range of nursing interventions and will assess levels of staff competence, developing a robust programme of teaching and training.  Nurses will contribute to the assessment of students on admission and following any change in needs, will work with external agencies to facilitate specialist clinics and immunisation programmes, will support the development and review of student care plans, will manage medication within the school and maintain student’s emergency protocols.

We require staff who are confident in their understanding of evidence-based practice and who are able to prioritise their work to provide direct care, assessment and support when required.

At Valence School, we celebrate diversity and recognise the benefit of having a multidisciplinary team.  We therefore welcome applications from nurses within Adult, Children or Learning Disability fields.  To meet the needs of our students, we are particularly interested in applicants with experience in respiratory care, tracheostomy care, suctioning, enteral feeds, jejunostomy and gastrostomy care.  In return, you will be provided with regular support and clinical supervision, support with validation, a bespoke induction and a rewarding and interesting post.

Please see the application pack to complete the online application form.

If you have any questions please contact the HR team :

We are recruiting on a rolling basis therefore please submit your application as soon as possible

Valence School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of every student and we expect all our staff and volunteers to share this commitment.  We value diversity and promote equality for all.

References will be taken up before interview and online checks undertaken for shortlisted candidates.  The successful applicant will require an enhanced DBS check (this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act)