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College Nurse

Closing date for applications: 24 October 2017

Job Description

Reporting to the Director of Student Services, the College Nurse will:

  • Provide medical care and support to all students via a confidential nurse drop-in service
  • Be the first point of contact for the assessment, treatment, care and referral of students
  • Contribute to the promotion of well-being and healthy lifestyle choices across the College
  • Be able to work autonomously

The successful candidate will be a Registered Nurse (RGN) with a minimum of two years post-registration experience.

Experience of working within a post 16 educational setting such as a college or boarding school is preferable though not essential.

Location: Cambridge

Role: Full time, permanent

Key Responsibilities 

  • Promoting and safeguarding the welfare of students for who you are responsible for and with whom you come into contact.
  • Organise and run confidential nurse drop-in health, welfare, advice and support clinics for students, across all sites
  • Assess and monitor students’ medications, in line with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools
  • Implement appropriate policies and procedures for the care of boarders who are unwell, including first aid, care of those with chronic conditions and disabilities, dealing with medical emergencies and the use of homely remedies in line with the National Minimum Standards for Boarding Schools and in conjunction with the local GP Practice 
  • Ensure care plans are developed for students requiring them, e.g. those with asthma, epilepsy, diabetes and anaphylaxis. Disseminating to Student Services Team, parents, host families and teaching staff as appropriate
  • Assess sick students and authorise absence if necessary.
  • Dispense homely remedies to students within the scope of the ‘Homely Remedies Policy’ agreed and signed by the relevant GP and College Nurse
  • Liaise with the local GP surgery and ensure all students are registered
  • Arrange for students to attend any medical, dental or other health appointments as necessary
  • Assess and evaluate students’ health declarations
  • Discuss any health issues declared with the student as necessary
  • Manage the safe use of medications for students
  • Ensure the College Progresso system is updated with any relevant health issues
  • Maintain confidential medical records and keep nursing records to a high standard, ensuring the accurate and rapid retrieval of information only accessible to the Nurse as confidential
  • Attend and make an active contribution to Student Services Team meetings and other college staff and training meetings as required
  • Promote healthy living through individual and group sessions with students, by making an active contribution to the development and delivery of the College PSHE programme and through other College platforms: e.g. notice boards and Study Smart
  • Ensure the provision of and access to a range of appropriate publicity materials on student health issues
  • Develop strong links with local health services, NHS and private or charity providers (e.g. MIND) as appropriate
  • Administer vaccines or immunisations in accordance with the local Trust Patient Group Direction (PGD)
  • Ensure any medical supplies or drugs kept in the College are stored, used and disposed of correctly, including the disposal of clinical waste. Keep appropriate records of this and follow protocols.
  • Ensure any samples taken or requested by the GP i.e. blood, urine, swabs are stored and transported within local guidelines
  • Effectively communicate procedures for the control of infectious diseases, including emergency planning and liaising with the local Health Authority/Public Health England as appropriate.
  • Maintain the stock and equipment in the Nurses room and be responsible for the hygiene and tidiness of the area.
  • Maintain stocks for the College First Aid Kits
  • Keep up-to-date with professional developments and relevant health legislation
  • Any other duties as required


  • Is motivated to work with children and young people.
  • Demonstrates the ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people.
  • Demonstrates emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude to the use of authority and maintaining discipline.
  • Caring and supportive personality
  • Friendly and approachable
  • Considerable initiative and good organisation skills and sense of responsibility
  • Thorough, pays attention to details
  • Good listener
  • Self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Sense of humour
  • Smart and professional appearance
  • Able to undertake all the physical requirements of the post and use equipment, according to health and safety guidelines

Selection Criteria

Qualifications and Training


  • NMC Registered


  •  RCN Membership 

Experience Required


  • Minimum two years post registration experience


  • Previous experience in a clinically relevant area – A&E, Practice Nursing, School Nursing 

Knowledge and Skills

Essential Knowledge

  • Current nursing knowledge with recent practice and experience
  • Awareness of health issues related to young people
  • Current knowledge of safeguarding issues
  • An understanding of the Fraser Guidelines and the Caldicott Principles
  • Awareness of Health Promotion initiatives and delivery
  • Knowledge of Mental Health issues

Desirable Knowledge

  • Previous School Nurser experience including working within National Minimum Standards for Boarding
  • Previous experience of working with international students
  • Has received training in Child Protection and Care of the Vulnerable Adult
  • Experience of PSHE
  • Experience in Mental Health – triaging students, supporting and referring onwards 

Essential Skills

  • Excellent assessment and diagnostic sills
  • Ability to undertake a range of clinical skills including Emergency Care
  • Ability to communicate effectively on paper and in person
  • Excellent record keeping skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as being a strong team player
  • Ability to work with complete discretion
  • Ability to meet agreed priorities/ deadlines
  • Good IT skills
  • Responsive to change, investigative, adaptable

Desirable Skills

  • Patient assessment/ minor illness/ injury accredited courses
  • Experience of using EXCEL

Organisational Compliance

The job holder will be expected to operate in accordance with the Study Group Code of Conduct, and all local Bellerbys College policies and operating procedures relating to academic, welfare and safeguarding matters 


Please send completed application form to Marta Wilk, PA to the Principal, Bellerbys College Cambridge

Application deadline 24 October 2017