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Valence School

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Special School Nurse (Band 5)


Salary equivalent to NHS Band 5

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

Permanent - Monday to Friday - Flexibility will be considered - 8 hour shifts (including a 30 minute lunch break) on a set rota pattern, including morning, day, 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 aged from 4 to 19 with complex medical needs. We are looking to recruit nurses to meet the needs of both day and residential students.

We are seeking a Special School Nurse who would welcome the opportunity to be part of an exciting venture, helping to shape a revised model of practice delivery within our school.  As part of a wider health team, you will enjoy working collaboratively to find solutions and demonstrate 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, and 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, support the development and review of student care plans, manage medication within the school and maintain student’s emergency protocols.

You will be confident in the understanding of evidence-based practice and will be able to prioritise your 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 revalidation and seizure management a bespoke induction and a rewarding and interesting post.

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

You are advised to submit your application as soon as possible as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If you have any questions please contact the HR team :

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).