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The Royal Grammar School (RGS) has long had a reputation as a premier school in the North East. Founded in 1545, RGS has 1,300 day pupils (including 238 in its Junior School) and is located in Jesmond, within walking distance of the city centre, and adjacent to Jesmond Metro station. A boys’ school since its foundation, girls were admitted to the Sixth Form in 2001 and the school became fully co-educational in September 2006; this year there are 445 girls age 7-18 in the School.
In addition to its reputation for academic excellence, the school also enjoys a wide range of excellent facilities, and its accommodation has been extensively rebuilt and refurbished in recent years. There are 123 teaching staff and 91 support staff.
This is a temporary term-time post to provide cover for the current School Nurse while she is on sick leave and support for her after her return to work. It is the School’s intention to employ a second nurse to support the current Nurse in her new role as Lead Nurse following her permanent return to work.
Not only has the school grown in size but our increasing emphasis on pastoral care and wellbeing of both student and staff means that the nursing role has also changed. Supported by the school doctor, the nurse plays a critical role in pastoral care throughout the school as a vital member of the school community and, in particular, the pastoral team. The nurse needs to work closely with the school’s Lead Nurse (on her return to work), part-time School Medical Officer (SMO), who is usually in school two days a week and Pastoral Director, who is the school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL).
Key duties and responsibilities
- dealing with day to day health matters, accidents and illnesses in School for both students and staff, including liaison with teaching staff and parents as necessary and providing first aid cover;
- acting as a recognised and confidential point of contact for counselling and referring cases as necessary (students commonly contact the school nurse regarding a wide spectrum of issues);
- providing information for pupils on how to access NHS services and supporting pupils with special medical needs and disabilities;
- working with the pastoral team and parents in dealing with cases of prolonged absence for medical reasons; taking a leading role, with the Pastoral Director as DSL, for safeguarding and referral of students to social services;
- health education and encouraging healthy life styles among the RGS community, including the opportunity to become involved in personal social and health education;
- monitoring student health in line with the national child health programme;
- constructing, implementing and reviewing, in conjunction with parents and other health professionals, healthcare plans for a range of conditions, including diabetes and asthma;
- conducting medicals for new pupils (including height, weight, vision and colour discrimination) and reporting any concerns to the School Medical Officer (SMO);
- responding to action required in School, and liaison with the appropriate authorities in the case of notifiable diseases or pandemics affecting the School;
- procuring medical supplies and consumables and keeping the Medical Room and associated resources, stocked and in good order, including appropriate arrangements for storage and use of medicines;
- maintaining health records (including all relevant details of pupil and staff visits to the Medical Room), collate accident reports (internal and to HSE as required) and compiling basic statistics regarding staff and pupils seeking medical attention or reporting accidents;
- making recommendations to the SMO, Senior Leadership Team and Health and Safety Committee regarding medical issues in School; and as with all RGS staff, the Nurse will be encouraged to take a part in the wider life of the School.
Qualifications and experience
- The recommended minimum qualification for an independent school nurse is a first level registered nurse on part1 (Adult) of the NMC register, with appropriate experience/qualifications in the areas listed below. Knowledge of a wide spectrum of child-related medical conditions including long term conditions and experience of providing first aid and caring for children will be an advantage.
- It would also be advantageous for candidates to have, or be willing to gain, experience/qualifications in other appropriate areas such as FAW, sports injuries, counselling and sexual health.
Key skills an attributes
- A genuine commitment to the health and welfare of young people, including an understanding of the particular issues associated with working with young people in an educational environment.
- Excellent inter-personal skills, including the ability to listen closely and communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in writing and to strike a balance between the need to share information while understanding sensitivities and maintaining confidentiality.
- An ability to work with a minimum of supervision or as a member of a team as circumstances demand, with good organisational and time-management skills, including the ability to prioritise demands on time.
- Good basic office skills, including good keyboard skills for communicating, maintaining records and providing and presenting basic statistics.
- A full UK Driving Licence is highly desirable for this post.
Applications must be received by email no later than Monday 15 September. Please see details on School website on how to apply via the button below.