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Advanced Certificate (School Nurses)

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BSA Advanced Certificate in Boarding Practice (School Nurses)


School nurses form a key part of the safeguarding and pastoral care framework within our schools however staff CPD opportunities seldom focus on the key areas to support their professional development. As part of a refocus of the training available through the BSA, we can now offer a standalone Professional Practice Certificate for school medical staff.

This course will link professional practice with current research and best practice to provide a unique opportunity for school nurses, whether working in relative isolation or as part of the medical team, to development their knowledge, skills and practice across a wide range of the key current themes/topics most relevant to their role. In addition, there will be a linked research project which will provide the chance to focus on a specific aspect in more detail.

Course Outline:

The course is tutor led and will consist of 4 separate live online study days spread over a full academic year. The sessions on each study day will be a mixture of presentations often with an external expert, and group discussions.

Study Dates for this course are: November 18, 2020 / January 12, 2021 / March 10, 2021 / May 11, 2021    Click Here to Reserve Your Place

Study Day sessions will include:

  • COVID Update
  • The role of the Nurse in a school setting
  • The medical centre in the wider context: inspection planning, managing medicines
  • Where to now: progression and development within the medical centre: auditing/department development plans
  • Working with children with ASD and ADHD
  • Travel Health and immunisations
  • Managing a critical incident
  • Drug misuse and screening
  • Delivering health education in a school setting
  • Working with young people with disordered eating
  • Mental health risk assessment/working with a mental health lead/pastoral team
  • legal issues
  • Policy writing
  • Sexual health, contraception and screening
  • Managing children from overseas with medical conditions
  • Supervision/revalidation and clinical supervision
  • Working with external agencies
  • Course Assignment & Reflection

Course Assignment:

The course assignment provides course students with an opportunity to focus on a specific area of particular relevance to their school/role. This can range from ‘supporting a student with a complex medical condition; a review of the nursing provision in the school; the development of a new appraisal system; the management of medical records across a whole school; health promotion models; to a student guide to accessing specific support for an emotional health issue.

The assignment will take the form of a 2500 – 3000 word written project which can be an essay or a report which must be submitted by July 2021. These will be assessed by the course tutor and the results published/certificates issued in the early Autumn.

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Timings for each study day – 10.00 to 15.45

Our Preferred Training Platform is Zoom

Cost - £650 which covers all 4 study days, assignment marking, certificates and Accredited Boarding Practitioner Status.  Find out more about The BSA Accredited Boarding Practitioner Scheme Here

This course is led by BSA Nursing Advisors, Jill Hill and Jane Graham.


   Jill Hill, BSc, DipHE, RN

 Jill Hill is entering her 6th year as Lead Nurse at The Cheltenham Ladies         College,  following a long career in Emergency care. As a Senior Sister and       Emergency Nurse Practitioner at the John Radcliffe hospital, she was responsible   for staff training and worked in association with Oxford Brookes University to deliver specialist lectures in minor injuries and autonomous practice.

In 2012, her chapter “The Role of the Trauma Nurse” was published in the 4th Edition of ABC of Major Trauma, she continues to be an ALS instructor for Resus Council (UK). Jill’s change of direction into school nursing enabled her to rekindle her love of nursing by making a marked difference to the students in her care by reinventing the medical centre and its provision at CLC.  She and her team are an integral part of the Pastoral team, working with students, staff and key stakeholders to ensure that the overall physical, emotional and psychological wellbeing of each individual pupil is at the centre of all they do. Jill is a strong advocate for the nursing profession suggesting the unique skills and qualities nurses possess make them the perfect advocates for the students in their care.


   Jane Graham, MSc, BSc, Dip Ed., R.S.C.N

  Trained at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, Jane has 27 years of        nursing background, 17 of which is in trauma and intensive care. Whilst in PICU,    she had a number of different roles. Nine years of that included a role as a             specialist  retrieval nurse (CATS) that entailed travelling around the country to     stabilize and bring back critically unstable children. To do this she learned   advanced nursing and basic medical skills in resuscitation, all medical conditions, and trauma.

She went on to teach these skills to student nurses, qualified nurses and junior doctors as the Practice educator on intensive care. This role also involved lecturing regularly at South Bank University. She is a DSL for Safeguarding at St Teresa’s School where she currently is the Lead Nurse. On the back of setting up the school’s medical services, she has set up a first aid training company Action + First Aid. She is a freelance instructor for Qualsafe an awarding body approved by the HSE.