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School Nurse

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To assist with the organisation and provision of medical and nursing for boarders and day girls in a caring, supportive and confidential environment.



This role is part-time for 2 days per week (16 hours per week; Thu/Fri) term-time only.

Responsible to: Head

Deputy Head

Senior School Nurse

Aims of Post:

• Assist with the organisation and provision of medical and nursing for boarders and daygirls in a caring, supportive and confidential environment.

• To foster successful working relationships with the girls and staff based on mutual trust, respect and professional conduct.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

• Work under the direction of the Senior School Nurse

• Be aware of the implications of the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools relevant sections.

• Contribute to the induction of new girls to the school and evaluate the completed of Health Questionnaire.

• Record girl’s weight and height on admission and as necessary thereafter.

• Register Full and weekly boarders are registered with the school doctor.

• Liaison with the School Doctor as required and maintain good communication with Thirsk Health Centre.

• Administer routine medical care as required.

• Respond to medical emergencies and administer first aid as the need arises.

• Administer medication both stock and prescribed in accordance with the school policy and establish a workable procedure that ensures medications are administered by residential staff when the nurse is off duty.

• Ensure prescribed medication is available or pupils to take home for exeat and holidays.

• Maintain medical records and other relevant information securely, respecting confidentiality.

• Encourage pupils to adopt a healthy lifestyle and assist in the delivery of relevant areas of PHSE.

• Be accessible to pupils for medical concerns and other issues.

• Support girls at a time and place conducive to good communication concerning any emotional, social and other difficulties.

• Liaise with the Harrogate and District NHS Healthy Child Service

• Facilitate Healthy Child Service screening programme and assist with the delivery of scheduled childhood immunisation.

• Assess and refer pupils to Compass

• Escort pupils to hospital and other medical appointments as necessary.

• Liaise with the School Counsellor and Clinical Psychologist

Health and Safety

• Be familiar with the schools Health and Safety Policy.

• Maintain accident book and reporting under RIDDOR regulations 1995.

• Assist with the organisation of first aid training for staff and maintenance of the First Aid register.

• Provide, check and restock first aid kits in appropriate locations.


• Liaise closely with boarding and other staff to ensure pupils medical needs are adequately cared for.

• To facilitate and disseminate relevant medical and health information to staff.

• Maintain good communication with parents, respecting pupil’s confidentiality.

• Attend staff meeting as requested by Head, Head of Pastoral care and Hose Mistress.

• Attend relevant inset training and staff meetings at the start of each term.

• Maintain registration with NMC and attend CPD training as required.


In addition, the School Nurse may be required to:

• Support other departments within the School from time to time as requested by the Head.

• Complete, with priority, any other reasonable tasks as required by the Head.


This is an exciting opportunity for a gifted and motivated individual. The ideal candidate will possess the following essential qualifications:

  • Nursing Qualification
  • Paediatric First Aid Qualification

Skills and abilities

Strong communication and inter-personal skills

Awareness of the importance of Child Protection and Safeguarding of young people

Ability to exercise total discretion and uphold confidentiality, when appropriate

be prepared to undergo appropriate training as requested

Excellent time management and organisational skills with attention to detail

To develop an efficient job sharing partnership

To work alone, unsupervised and with proven initiative

Have exceptionally high standards of discipline and integrity

Be an excellent listener and committed team member

To have worked within a similar environment or within a medical environment

To enjoy working and caring for children Be inspired by challenges and seek to set individual targets

Support the ethos of the School and broad education

Have energy, drive, enthusiasm and a positive manner

Have a clear sympathy with the advantages of single-sex education


The following particulars do not form any part of an offer of employment. Terms and conditions, which will incorporate the Staff Handbook and contract of employment, will be documented in due course to the successful candidate.

• The School Nurse is appointed by the Head, subject to enhanced DBS clearance and receipt of satisfactory references

• The appointee will be required to complete a confidential pre-employment health questionnaire (and medical examination where applicable), the costs of which will be met by the School

• A salary of £7,866-£9,120 (0.3 FTE of £26,220-£30,400) will be paid for this role depending on experience and qualifications. Paid in monthly instalments in arrears from the agreed date of the appointment and inclusive of holiday pay

• This is a part-time term-time only support staff role

• The an annual holiday allowance for the role is 8.5 days plus bank holidays when the school is not in session which will be required to be taken during school holidays

• The school offers a contributory pension scheme and staff may apply for a remission on school fees for their own children

• The appointee will be expected to participate in an annual appraisal process

• The appointee is required to give the School one month’s notice of his/her intention to leave this post

• The appointment is subject to a 3 month probationary period which may be extended following a performance review

Meals will be provided free of charge during term time hours of work.

The School operates an employer stakeholder contributory pension scheme.

All employees of Queen Mary’s are responsible for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons and must adhere to and ensure compliance with the School’s Safeguarding Policy. If in the course of carrying out the duties of this post, the post-holder becomes aware of any actual or potential risks to the safety or welfare of children in the school, this must be reported to the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead.

Queen Mary’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young persons and candidates must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Further Information


14 February 2020 Closing Date
A salary of £7,866-£9,120 (0.3 FTE of £26,220-£30,400)
Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ
12 (2-5) Day Boys
175 (2-16) Day Girls
65 (9-16) Boarding Girls

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