Children's Continence Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


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Job summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual who can demonstrate creativity and innovation in their practice to ensure quality individualised care to our local children and young people. This role will deliver nursing support for the promotion of continence and management of incontinence within the defined paediatric age group.

This role will be based in the community setting (base to be confirmed in conjunction with the post holder) as part of an integrated team with a child / young person and family focus. The post holder will work with a small team of Continence Nurses to develop the service to meet local need. This role will be further supported by the Clinical Lead and Childrens Matron.

Main duties of the job

  • The Paediatric continence nurse will work as part of the integrated team using a person-centred approach which includes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care within the defined paediatric age group
  • To assist in the training of less experienced registered staff, non-registered staff and student nurses ensuring compliance to NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice
  • To work with the Specialist Continence Nurse and Team Leader to develop evidence- based practice by utilising research and auditing clinical effectiveness for the children with bladder and / or bowel dysfunction in the community
  • To identify health education needs, develop and facilitate health promotion activities for individual children and their families/carers which minimise ill health and help attain optimum health potential

About us

Apply now to join an organisation that has been awarded an Outstanding rating by the Care Quality Commission (CQC), the highest possible rating and the first stand-alone NHS community trust in the country to be awarded the title.

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • The post holder will be expected to participate as part of an integrated team using a person-centred approach which includes assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of care delivered.
  • To provide quality care to children in partnership with families and carers as commissioned and described within the service specification.
  • Assess the bladder and bowel needs of children and young people within the individual care environment and from this to allocate the most suitable care pathway and treatment options available. To develop, implement and evaluate programmes / plans of care in partnership with the child / young person, families and carers whilst working in close co-operation with other disciplines.
  • Refer children and young people to other specialists and agencies as appropriate.
  • To assist in the training of less experienced registered staff, non-registered staff and student nurses ensuring compliance to NMC standards to support learning and assessment in practice.
  • Support assessors of children and young people with bowel /bladder problems to be aware of and comply with related service guidelines and protocols.
  • To provide, implement and regularly assess the teaching of specific nursing techniques to identified staff in a variety of settings.
  • To support and train parents / carers in the correct use of identified medical equipment. To foster confidence, competence and independence in families caring for their children at home.
  • Administer medications, treatments and interventions as prescribed and to monitor their effects.
  • Work autonomously without direct supervision, accountable for own professional actions.
  • Keep timely, concise and accurate records, maintaining confidentiality and in line with trust policy.
  • Be able to communicate appropriately with children / young people, their parents or guardians.
  • Plan and allocate work in order of priority.
  • Contribute to the continued planning, monitoring and development of this new service.
  • To have an up to date knowledge of paediatric continence products and equipment.

Person Specification



  • Ability to travel to a variety of geographical locations.
  • Able to make own travel arrangements
  • Able to speak the English language
  • Enhanced DBS Check

Personal Attributes / Behaviours (linked to the Trust's Behaviour Framework)


  • Innovative Approach
  • Commitment to personal development for self and team
  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • Responds positively to change
  • Value and respect the privacy and dignity required for patients.



  • Good Communication Skills
  • Ability to communicate with children with complex needs and limited communication skills
  • Ability to relate and communicate with families and other professionals


  • Experience of alternative methods of communication (signalong)
  • Knowledge of de-escalation techniques

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Ability to work with children and young people, their families and carers to provide holistic, evidence-based care to children
  • Ability to work in partnership with other healthcare workers, agencies and in partnership with parents
  • Knowledge of Norfolk Safeguarding Children Board policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of legislation relating to children and national / local policy for paediatric continence services
  • Ability to work independently and within a team
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Good interpersonal
  • Observational Skills
  • Good IT Skills


  • Experience of evaluation and clinical audit
  • Post registration training in paediatric bladder / bowel dysfunction
  • Ability to teach and assess competency-based practice.



  • Relevant post registration community experience or equivalent
  • Teaching experience
  • Evidence of safeguarding experience


  • Experience of working with children in the promotion of continence and management of incontinence
  • Experience of working with children / young people with disabilities
  • Evidence of partnership working



  • Registered Nurse


  • Registered Paediatric Nurse
  • First Level Degree
  • Mentorship Qualification
  • Completion of annual update for Level 3 Safeguarding Children training

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.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Karen Horstead-Sayer


Date posted

10 June 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£24,907 to £30,615 a year



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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