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NB: This vacancy closed to applications on 23/04/2020.

Student Specialist Community Public Health Practitioner-School Health

Job Reference: 267-CH2319331

Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
School Nursing Students
£24,907 to £30,615 per annum

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.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Tikki Harrold Mobile: 07785 303 941 Email:

Ruth Locke Mobile: 07717 320 581 Email:

  • New starters have a 6 month probationary period. This, together with the induction process aims to create a positive supportive working environment allowing new employees to learn key elements of their role over a reasonable timescale.

  • Candidates not currently employed by the Trust who attend an interview for non-qualified Band 1-5 posts are required to undertake numeracy and literacy assessments.

  • Appointment to this post is subject to the trust receiving satisfactory references covering 3-5 years of employment or study. Please ask your referees to respond promptly to reference requests.

  • Employees are expected to undertake mandatory and statutory training related to their role.

  • We positively encourage applications from all areas of the community, regardless of gender, race, faith, disability, age or sexual orientation and we encourage applications from users of mental health services. This is part of our commitment to equality and reflecting the diversity of our population.

  • Oxford Health is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see applying from overseas.

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