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TASIS The American School in England Coldharbour Lane, Thorpe, Surrey, TW20 8TE, United Kingdom
Head Nurse / Health Centre Manager
Closing Date:  27 February 2020
Contact:  TASIS The American School in England
Telephone: 01932565252
Salary:  Competitive plus benefits
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.

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


  • 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
  • Ensure that all nurses in the Health Centre have Development and Appraisal Plans in place throughout the year
  • Ensure that the Health Centre has appropriately trained staff (including agency cover staff) on duty at all times
  • Liaise with the local GP practice to coordinate bi-weekly visits of the GP to the Health Centre
  • Oversee the nursing rota and authorization of timesheets
  • 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


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Ensure that a Code of Confidentiality and GDPR is maintained
  • Provide confidential advice and/or support to all students and staff as necessary

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
  • Be a source of advice for all School staff as required
  • 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
  • Any other duties that may be reasonably requested by the Head of School or their deputies

Safeguarding Responsibilities

  • To know the identity of the School’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Deputy
  • To proactively be alert to indicators of potential safeguarding issues and report these immediately in accordance with school procedure
  • To be aware of the School’s policies relating to Safeguarding and Child Protection, Code of Conduct and Health and Safety, and follow their requirements
  • Attend training relating to Safeguarding of Children
  • Engage in safe practice and professional conduct to safeguard children and mitigate against the potential for misunderstandings or situations being misconstrued
  • Create safe and secure learning environments

The School is fully committed to safeguarding the welfare of children and young people and expects the same from its employees. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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

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.

Educational Qualifications


  • Registered Nurse or RN (Child) or equivalent with evidence of continued education School Nurse/Nurse Practitioner Qualification or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of professional updating and development


  • BSc(Hon) or BA(Hon) in a health-related field Family Planning Certificate
  • Management Qualification

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Ability to prioritise and manage changing workloads and situations, including the ability to Triage effectively
  • Knowledge and experience of school inspections Ofsted/ISI
  • A minimum of 4 years’ experience in a School Nursing, Minor Injuries Unit or Practice Nursing
  • At least two years in a leadership and management position or equivalent experience
  • Leadership skills sufficient to manage and motivate a small team
  • Teaching Skills
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Strong influencing skills – diplomatic and assertive
  • Sound understanding of the issues of adolescence and mental health
  • Experience of working in a school environment


  • Previous experience of care provision of children aged 3-18
  • Experience within an Independent Day/ Boarding School
  • Previous experience within an international school

Personal Attributes

  • Committed to safeguarding children and young people
  • A commitment to best practice and excellence in all areas of nursing
  • A dedication to professional nurse development
  • A committed interest in working with school aged children and young people to provide a professional and caring service within the School
  • Customer service focused and confident interacting with all key stakeholders including students, parents, teaching staff and boarding programme staff
  • Adaptable, collaborative and resourceful
  • Committed to lifelong learning
  • Embraces TASIS England Mission