Head Nurse

Thorpe, Egham, Surrey, England
TW20 8UE
Full time
Job level
Manager, Deputy Manager / Senior Staff
25 Mar 2020
10 Apr 2020

Job Description

The Head Nurse / Health Centre Manager is responsible for the day to day organisation and co-ordination of nursing staff within the Health Centre during School term time, to ensure that our students (day and boarding) receive the highest level of nursing care possible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

This is a full time position, working term time plus 3 weeks, to include overnight and weekend shifts. Competitive pay plus benefits.

In addition, the Head Nurse is expected to work such additional hours as are necessary for the proper execution of his/her duties, and to commence work the week before the start of each School term to ensure that the Health Centre is fully prepared for the return of day and boarding students.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


• Adhere to the NMC Code for Nurses and be familiar with Professional Practice and other NMC advisory papers

• Ensure the Health Centre meets and exceeds regulatory expectations for the Independent Schools Inspectorate

• Manage personal work time to ensure regular opportunities for continuing professional development

• Use evidence-based practice to develop and maintain a high quality of nursing care to the students

• Develop and participate in a clinical audit programme

• Lead and motivate the nursing team to work towards highest possible standards of practice

• Follow the Surrey Local Authority Safeguarding procedures for safeguarding children

• Audit, review and update or implement protocols, procedures and medication records


• Responsible for the smooth and efficient running of the Health Centre, ensuring efficient systems and processes are in place

• Responsible for the recruitment, selection and development of nursing staff recruited to work in the Health Centre

• Responsible for the management of the Health Centre budget

• Lead, develop and empower the team of nurses to deliver exceptional standards of care.

• Conduct at least monthly supervision monthly 1:1s with nurses in the team and ensure that each has goals set and has a yearly appraisal

• Ensure that all members of the team renew their registration every three years and remain compliant with role specific and general school training requirements

• Manage the availability of nursing staff (including agency cover), maintaining appropriate staffing levels, compiling rotas and ensuring adequate cover at all times, including a nominated deputy for self

• Liaise with the local GP practice to coordinate bi-weekly visits of the GP to the Health Centre

• Maintain the philosophy of care within the Health Centre which is in line with the overall mission of the School

• Develop a model of Clinical Governance and Clinical Supervision within the nursing team


• Assist with triaging students and assessing nursing care requirements to support nurses when required

• Provide a high standard of service to students within professional competence and NMC Code and guidelines

• Responsible for the standards of nursing care of all patients including members of faculty and staff who may visit the Health Centre

• Take responsibility for keeping up to date with clinical developments that a nurse would be expected to know

• Ensure there are appropriate systems in place within the School year to monitor and plan the care of all the student’s health care needs. This includes carrying out health assessment, immunisation and health promotion programmes

• Coordinate the clinical services within the School, taking full clinical oversight and responsibility for clinical supervisions, interventions, handovers, competencies and observations

• Ensure care plans are developed and written for appropriate students in liaison with the Divisional Counsellors and the relevant student

• Ensure the immunisation programme is organised appropriately for all pupils for Dip/Tet/Polio and MenACWY within the national immunisation programme for school children

• Provide safe, secure and effective processes for the ordering, handling, storage, administration, recording and disposal of drugs, including for ensuring that students' scheduled medications are available as required

• Maintain cost effective controls of all clinical supplies (including ordering, storage, stock rotation and correct usage)

Other Responsibilities:

• Ensure there is appropriate liaison with parents, ancillary and other staff as necessary, to provide holistic care for students, with the student’s knowledge and consent

• Provide confidential advice and/or support to all students and staff as necessary

• Continue and maintain a communication strategy for the Health Centre and ensure it is effective

• Ensure a comprehensive and robust process of record keeping is maintained

• Ensure the Health Centre provides support and coaching for staff in Clinical Practice

For further information about the role and a full job description please contact Sally Holmes, Head of HR: sholmes@tasisengland.org

Ref: SH/HN

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