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Children in Care Team also known as Children Looked After - Cumbria
NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
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Flaxmans Court, Westmorland General Hospital
£35,392 - £42,618 per annum
Salary period
04/07/2024 23:59

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Children in Care Senior Nurse Band 6 – Health Visitor

NHS AfC: Band 6

Job overview

The Strengthening Families service is jointly commissioned by Cumberland Council, Westmorland & Furness Council and Integrated Care Boards. It is part of a whole system approach to the delivery of services, and as such requires agencies to collaborate to support children, young people and their families to lead a healthy life and maximise their full potential.

The Strengthening Families team will take a systems leadership role, and is required to deliver a holistic health service to families including parents / carers, children and/or young people, aged pre-birth to 18 and in some instances to age 25, that according to the Cumbria’s Safeguarding Children Partnership (CSCP)  multi-agency threshold guidance require a statutory intervention.

The Service brings together the following three services:

  • Health Expertise contribution to the Multi-agency Safeguarding Hub
  • The Partnership Plus element of the 0-19 Healthy Child Programme
  • Children in Care Specialist Health Service.

Main duties of the job

Children in Care:

  • Be able to meet or work towards achieving level 4 competency as outlined in the Intercollegiate Document Looked After children: Roles and Competencies of Health Care Staff (RCN, 2020)
  • Promote good professional practice, regarding the health needs of Children in Care in line with government guidance “Promoting the health and Wellbeing of Looked After children (DH, 2015), The Children’s Act, 2004
  • To participate in the assessment and review of health needs for Children in Care, ensuring that all of their physical and emotional health and wellbeing needs are met
  • Be able to act as a source of specialist advice to social workers, foster carers, residential carers and other to facilitate positive health outcomes
  • Ensure Seamless transfer of care when children and young people have changes in care arrangements both within and outside of Cumbria
  • Act as an advocate and a multiagency partner


  • Be responsible for maintaining all patient contact information using the RiO electronic patient record
  • Undertake regular management supervision with their Clinical Lead.
  • Be responsible for organising your own work, assessing and planning whilst considering competing priorities and to consider revising workload to meet the changing needs of service users.
  • Attend and contribute to staff meetings
  • Participate in safeguarding, clinical and peer supervision with colleagues as required and as set out within policy.

Working for our organisation

At NCIC, we have an ambition to deliver outstanding healthcare services to the population of North Cumbria.  The Trust is committed to creating a centre of excellence in providing rural and remote healthcare and provides a wide range of community and acute services throughout our county.


Our 5 key principles demonstrate our belief in the delivery of ‘safe, high quality care every time’:

·         Being a clinically led organisation

·         Quality and safety at the heart of our Trust

·         A positive patient experience every time

·         A great place to work

·         Managing our money well


As an organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.


Across the North East and North Cumbria we are working together to deliver our ambition to be the greenest region in England by 2030. All staff are expected to support sustainability.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Please see attached job description and person specification for further information regarding the role and the essential and desirable criteria required to be met by applicants.


Please note, due to changes implemented by the Government to the UK immigration policy, individuals who require a Health and Care Visa or a Skilled Worker Visa may no longer be eligible for sponsorship where the UKVI salary threshold is not met or if the occupation is not included in the updated Immigration Salary List (ISL).  Applicants must check their eligibility to be employed in any role they are interested in applying for, prior to completing an application for employment. Any applicants who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not be progressed.


If you are applying under the Disability Confident Scheme or Armed Forces Covenant and you meet all the essential criteria for a post, you will be guaranteed an interview.


Relocation assistance may be available for successful applicants moving to the region for certain posts.  Please see our Policy for eligible vacancies.


  • Please ensure that you document evidence of meeting all the essential criteria in the supporting information.
  • If sufficient response is received this post could be closed earlier than the specified closing date, please apply as soon as possible to ensure that your application is considered.

Important Information

Candidates who have been successfully shortlisted for interview will be asked via an email notification to log on to their Trac account to select an interview time. This will usually be within 2 weeks of the closing date.

For candidates applying using a Hotmail account or have strict firewall settings please ensure the following:

  • Junk Mail is checked regularly

Disclosure and Barring Service:

On 28 November 2020, the new Disclosure and Barring Service filtering rules will come into effect.

The changes mean that:                  

  • youth cautions, reprimands and final warnings will no longer be subject to automatic disclosure
  • the multiple conviction rule has been removed, meaning that if an individual has more than one conviction, regardless of offence type or time passed, each conviction will be considered against the remaining rules individually, rather than being automatically disclosed.

If you are unsure about whether you need to disclose certain criminal record information, free confidential advice may be sought from one of the charity bodies listed below. These bodies can advise you on what you are legally required to declare and may also be able to advise you on how you can disclose criminal record information to a prospective employer and your legal rights when doing so.

Nacro – Tel: 0300 123 1999, or email: [email protected]

Unlock – Tel: 01634 247350, email [email protected] or complete the online form on the Unlock website

The Trust is committed to safeguarding adults and children therefore if the post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (ROA) 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (as amended) the successful candidate(s) will be subject to a criminal records check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). The cost of the DBS must be met by the successful candidate(s) through salary deduction. DBS charges are as follows if applicable to the post:

Standard Check: £18 + Administration cost of £3.85 = £21.85. Deducted at £6.85 from 1st month salary and £5 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

Enhanced Check: £38 + administration cost of £3.90 = £41.90. Deducted at £11.90 from 1st month salary and £10 deducted from salary over following 3 months.

As part of the one of the largest employers in the UK NCIC future employees will have also access to the following benefits.

A lease car may be available for this position; further details will be provided upon appointment if applicable.

27-day holiday scheme rising to 33 after 10 years

Flexible working Scheme

Excellent opportunities for development

Competitive NHS Pension scheme

Access to NHS discounts with retailers and leisure companies

EAP (Employee Assistance Programme) a free, confidential counselling and information service to assist with personal or work-related problems

These schemes are subject to availability

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered Nurse Qualification.
  • Health Visitor Qualification/Specialist Community Public Health Nurse – Health Visitor (SCPHN-HV) - BScHons
Desirable criteria
  • Dual qualification in School Nursing/Health Visiting - Specialist Community Public Health Nurse –Schooling Nursing/Health Visiting (SCPHN-HV/SN) (BSc Hons)
  • ENB 998 Teaching and Assessing in Clinical Practice or equivalent
  • Leadership training and development.


Essential criteria
  • • Experience of working with children and families in a community setting
  • • Experience of working on own or as part of a team
  • • Experience and understanding of working within safeguarding procedures and guidelines processes
  • • Experience of working to address health inequalities.
  • • Experience of working collaboratively with other professionals within the health economy and from other organisations.
  • • Evidence based health promotion
  • • Knowledge and understanding of other supporting agencies and voluntary organisations
  • • Knowledge and experience of child development
  • • Knowledge and understanding of child protection procedures.
  • • Knowledge of relevant government policy and professional issues.
  • • Understanding of the determinants of health and health inequalities.

Skills and Aptitudes

Essential criteria
  • Ability to work in a child and family centred way
  • Excellent and highly developed communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality
  • Ability to work in an integrated multi-agency way with partner organisations as stated in the 2004 Children Act and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
  • Enthusiasm and ability to work as part of a team and maintain positive working relationships
  • Ability to adapt to situations and work within sometimes difficult environments
  • Willingness to continue professional development
  • IT skills, knowledge and appreciation
  • Demonstrates ability to work independently
  • Ability to use initiative and demonstrate leadership
  • Ability to apply research to practice

Personal Circumstances

Essential criteria
  • Approachable personality with ability to demonstrate empathy towards others
  • Reliable.
  • Demonstrates flexibility to meet the needs of the service.
  • Integrity
  • Clean driving licence and access to own transport

Other requirements

Essential criteria
  • Equality and Diversity (from KSF core dimension 6- one to be selected)
  • Act in ways that support equality and value diversity (Level 1)
  • Support equality and value diversity (Level 2)
  • For all with managerial responsibilities: Promote equality and value diversity (Level 3)
  • Develop a culture that promotes equality and values diversity (Level 4)

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyPositive about disabled peopleAge positiveArmed Forces Covenant (Silver Award)Mindful employer.  Being positive about mental health.Disability confident employerBetter Health - SilverFair Train Silver StandardStep into health

Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Helen May
Job title
Clinical Lead, Children in Care Team - Cumbria
Email address
[email protected]
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