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Student Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner - School Health Nursing

Band 5

Main area
Community Health Services
Band 5
Fixed term
Full time: 37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Across Oxfordshire
£24,907 to £30,615 per annum
23/04/2020 23:59
Interview date

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has been rated as Good by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

We are a responsive and innovative Foundation Trust that places our values of Caring, Safe and Excellent at the heart of everything we do. We take great pride in our staff and believe that investing in you is key to us achieving our vision of outstanding care delivered by outstanding people.

We work with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their own homes and from a number of hospitals and community bases. We focus on delivering care as close to home as possible.


We are delighted to offer an exciting opportunity for Registered Nurses (all fields) or Midwives to develop their career by undertaking the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing (SCPHN) School Health Nursing Course.
This is a joint programme between Oxford Health and Oxford Brookes University. The course commences in September 2020 and is being offered on a full-time basis only, 37.5 hours per week.

We deliver a unique, school-based model where you would be supported to learn many new skills within a proactive and enthusiastic team. Throughout the year you would be provided with guidance and learning opportunities from your Community Practice Teacher and Practice Supervisor to ensure you professionally develop and grow to the best of your ability.

On qualifying you  will be working to improve health outcomes within a specified school community, which may include offering support to vulnerable children and young people who may be looked after or have a child protection plan in place, and ensuring children with specific medical conditions are able to access learning opportunities.  This makes the school health nurse role in Oxfordshire  varied and stimulating, as no two days are ever the same.

If working in this way excites you, we would love to hear from you.

Please note that this course will be paid at band 5 for the whole year.

You must have a valid nursing or midwifery registration with an interest in addressing the health needs of children, young people and families. Applicants must possess a valid driving license and have access to a vehicle for the duration of the training.

Please write a 900 word personal statement exploring why you wish to be a Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (School Health Nurse) and link this to the evidence base in relation to:

The leadership skills and personal attributes required to be a SCPHN (School Health Nurse).


When completing the personal statement please ensure that you include the following criteria:

  • Evidence your passion and inspiration for the role of SCPHN referring to the Person Specification for this role and include evidence of the criteria expected.
  • The discussion should be linked to the theme requested.
  • Evidence your ability to articulate at level 6 and reference using the Harvard Referencing System (referencing key statements and literature).
  • 900 word limit (plus or minus 10%) - please state word count.
  • Could you please indicate if you have commenced the SCPHN course previously in another University.

Please note:

Specialist Community Public Health Nursing training is a significant investment by Oxford Health Foundation Trust. If you voluntarily leave the Trust or move internally to a role that does not require the training or qualification, within 2 years of the date of the course completion, you will be required to repay the cost of the training according to a sliding repayment scale.

The organisation operates a sliding repayment scale, so that the amount you are required to pay is reduced by one twelfth at monthly intervals. Once you have completed 2 years’ service from the date of completion of the training you will not be required to repay any of the costs of the training should you voluntarily leave the Trusts employment.

The Trust reserves the right on the employees’ resignation to require him/ her to repay the employer for the training costs that he/she owes by deduction from the final salary payment.

Please be aware most jobs available in school health nursing are part time and term time only.

Successful applicants will need to be available all day for interview on 21st May, 2020. This course is subject to funding from Health Education England and has yet to be confirmed.

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers who require Tier 2 sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the resident labour market test. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires employers to complete this test to show that no suitably qualified EEA or EU worker can fill the post. For further information please visit the UKVI website. From 6 April 2017, Tier 2 skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) will also be subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal Records Checks for Overseas Applicants.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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