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Nurse Manager


Salary equivalent to NHS Band 7 (from £22.37 per hour)

1.0 WTE Compressed Term Time + 2 weeks (41 working weeks plus 6.8 weeks paid holiday)

Permanent - Monday to Friday - 40 hours per week - set weekly shift patterns, including morning, afternoon, evening and school day shifts between the hours of 7am-9pm

Benefits include a generous pension (equally comparable LGPS 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 4-19 years with complex medical needs.  We have our own team of nurses to meet the needs of both day and boarding students.

We are seeking a Nurse Manager who would welcome the opportunity to lead the 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 Health Care 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, work with external agencies to facilitate specialist clinics and immunisation programmes, support the development and review of student care plans, manage medication within the school and maintain student’s emergency protocols.

We require an individual who is 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. As the role will involve training and mentoring to develop staff competencies, you will have the mentorship qualification as this would be desirable, or an interest in training others.

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 :

Closing date for applications : 28 April 2024 

Interviews :  w/c 6 May 2024

We reserve the right to close this vacancy, interview and appoint earlier if we receive sufficient applications for this role.

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)