Specialist Children's Community NDS Nurse

Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust


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Job summary

An opportunity within the childrens ASD and ADHD pathways. We are looking for Specialist Nurses. This will be to assess and support children and young people undergoing a diagnostic assessment for possible ASD. The post holder would be a key member of the multidisciplinary team offering assessment and post diagnostic support to children with a range of neurodevelopmental and complex behavioural difficulties; you will work alongside Paediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Clinical Psychologists, Nurses, and other professionals involved in the assessment and planning of therapeutic interventions to children aged 0 18 and their families.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will have an expert knowledge base of Neurodevelopmental conditions, complex decision-making skills and clinical competencies for expanded scope of practice. The post holder, complete and interpret assessment tools to inform diagnosis and effectively treat/ initiate treatment /offer advice and interventions for children and young people with neurodevelopmental conditions and will be expected to use a range of assessment skills, including formal psychometric tests, interviews with parents and carers and observations in a range of settings to inform the planning of assessment.

About us

We would love to hear from candidates who have a passion for working with children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders and would welcome informal visits and discussion prior to application. Please contact Viv Donaldson or Dr Stephanie Summers, on 01553 668712 for more information.

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


  • Use highly developed effective communication skills based on valuing others, recognising own and others strengths and differences.
  • Ability to utilise and enabling a therapeutic approach with children and young people together with their families and carers.
  • Ability to assess and plan enabling and outcome focussed care interventions with children, young people and their families/carers, drawing on previous nursing experience within an evidence based and theoretically grounded framework, utilising Every Child Matters principles.
  • Monitor and evaluate care against agreed outcome measures.
  • Effectively plan and manage group work activities with colleagues.
  • Ensure that care offered to children/young people is safe and needs focussed, drawing on current evidence based best practice.
  • Use effective and standardised assessment tools.
  • Practice in enabling and facilitative manner that aims high by drawing on strengths whilst recognising and working with stakeholders to minimise and overcome or adapt to environmental constraints.
  • Be sensitive to and validatory of, social and cultural difference whilst maintaining the primacy of safeguarding principles.
  • Keep timely, concise and accurate records, maintaining confidentiality.
  • Carry caseload as allocated by service manager, developing individualised nursing care plans.
  • Lead or participate in individual or group work with children and young people, adapting resource packages to meet specific needs.
  • Exercise clinical judgement, soundly grounded and evidence based, supported by effective case supervision.
  • Engage in play with children and young people.
  • Applying evidence based nursing knowledge to specific situations.
  • Adapting standardised methodology to meet individual need, carefully analysing situations that arise in light of previous experience and best practice.
  • Exercising sound clinical judgement with children, young people and families/carers who may have extensive needs but who have access to limited resources.
  • Person to person contact with children, young people and their family/carers on a regular basis.
  • To participate in regular reviews of cases and attend case discussions, conferences and reviews as appropriate, including safeguarding core groups and the conference process.


  • Identify and request sufficient time to continue professional development.
  • Actively engage in monthly peer support meetings.
  • Keep up to date regarding current practice and policy developments.
  • Participate in research as allocated by the service manager/Clinical Pathway Lead following NCH&C guidelines and policies.

Person Specification



  • RN Child / RN Learning Disabilities
  • Mentorship Programme
  • LSCB Core Module


  • Norfolk Steps



  • Post Registration experience of working with children who have Attention Deficit Disorders or other Neurodevelopmental Disorders
  • Substantial experience of collaborative multidisciplinary and multi-agency working


  • Community based nursing intervention with children and young people
  • Participation in group work

Skills, Abilities and Knowledge


  • Established named nurse skills
  • Evidence based and outcome led nursing practice
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the individual needs of children and their families
  • Effective use of information technology
  • Extensive knowledge of the emotional, psychological, developmental and social needs of children and young people with ASD
  • Proven ability to apply evidence based clinical interventions
  • Ability to evaluate clinical effectiveness
  • Understanding of non-verbal communication systems and their use with children and young people
  • Accurate, timely and concise recording
  • Thorough understanding of the Common Assessment Framework
  • Ability to work in partnership with others


  • Knowledge of local statutory and non-statutory resources available for this particular group
  • Holder of identified caseload
  • Participation in group work
  • Individualised enabling direct work with children/young people
  • Webster Stratton



  • Able to pass on skills and knowledge to others, in formal and informal settings
  • Able and willing to seek specialist support when clinical indicated
  • Able to manage the emotional consequences of working with patients with a range of conditions/needs
  • Good presentation skills

Personal and People Development


  • Experience of personnel management including staff recruitment, induction, career development, supervision and appraisal
  • Experience of providing effective line management
  • Ability to nurture skills and to delegate appropriately
  • Ability to manage change effectively

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


  • Able to identify with the Trust's commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
  • Value diversity



  • Must hold a full, valid driving licence and have access to a vehicle
  • Enhanced DBS
  • Able to communicate effectively using the English language in both verbal and written forms
  • To implement Norfolk Steps physical interventions

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.

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current 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 (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, 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 (Opens in a new tab).

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

https://www.norfolkcommunityhealthandcare.nhs.uk (Opens in a new tab)

For help with your application, contact:

Dr Stephanie Summers



Date posted

22 October 2021

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 6


£32,306 to £39,027 a year pa



Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Norwich Community Hospital

Bowthorpe Road



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