Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse Birmingham, England

Queen Alexandra College
Full Time Birmingham, England 26510 - 29414 GBP ANNUAL Today
Job description


Queen Alexandra College is a national residential college for the assessment, rehabilitation, vocational education and training of students with visual impairment and other disabilities. Its primary aim is to develop the skills of all students to the full, enabling them to live and work as independently as possible in society.
Students at Queen Alexandra College are aged from 16-25. Some have a degree of visual impairment; many have additional disabilities or learning difficulties. Our student population is recruited nationally and reflects the multicultural nature of our society.
We are looking for a registered nurse (RNLD/RN/RMN) to join our Healthcare team at Queen Alexandra College.
You will be based in our Healthcare Centre within the college campus and work as part of a small team of nurses.

Job Purpose: You will be responsible for overseeing the general health needs of students’ on a daily basis and the support and development of college staff to manage the health needs of students across the academic and residential services.

Reporting to: Healthcare Services Manager

Contract: Permanent

Key Responsibilities

  • Promote the values, aims and ethos of the College both within their role as a nurse and within the corporate life of the College.
  • Have an awareness / experience of working with individuals with learning disabilities / difficulties, autism, physical disabilities, mental health needs and visual impairment.
  • Support students’ with a range of health needs and interventions including epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, anaphylaxis, PEG feeding, intermittent catheterisation, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections and tissue viability/pressure area care.
  • Assess the primary health needs of students who attend the Healthcare Centre on an ‘as required’ basis and provide appropriate treatment.
  • Assess the health needs of individuals referred for a place at QAC and produce a report outlining the support they would need.
  • Produce guidance, protocols and care plans to be implemented across the college to ensure that the needs of students can be met by all who support them.
  • Maintain accurate, professional written and electronic records in line with GDPR and the NMC Nursing Code of Conduct.
  • Periodically review and evaluate the care provided to students.
  • Provide first aid to students, staff and visitors who are involved in accidents or incidents resulting in injury.
  • Work with colleagues to offer a health promotion service that meets the needs of the students.
  • Administer, store and manage medication in line with current nursing legislation and standards.
  • Participate in the provision of support and training to staff and students with regards to health needs and interventions.
  • Complete regular audits of medication and first aid equipment and ensure that all Healthcare Centre tasks are completed as required.
  • Demonstrate sound decision making and critical thinking skills and be able to prioritise tasks and manage time effectively in a busy and sometimes unpredictable environment.
  • Have the ability to work effectively under pressure and with limited supervision.
  • Be able to communicate effectively at all levels with students, their families/carers, staff and external agencies.
  • Undertake any relevant training to support your clinical role and be responsible for your own professional development in line with Revalidation procedures.
  • Attend regular team meetings and other college meetings as required.
  • Work with healthcare staff to maintain standards of infection control, including: hand washing, universal hygiene procedures, appropriate disposal of waste materials, dealing with blood or bodily fluid spillages and assisting students and colleagues in adopting sound infection control measures.
  • Ability to work flexibly with occasional evening, weekend working to support student or training requirements, with reasonable notice.
  • Demonstrate a good understanding of equality and diversity and encourage students to be involved in their care, respecting their physical, emotional and social needs.
  • Work in a professional manner, honouring the NMC Nursing Code of Conduct and keeping up to date with professional developments within your range of practice and beyond.
  • Have an awareness of Ofsted and CQC regulations with regards to Specialist Colleges.
  • Work effectively as both part of a team and on your own initiative and ensure that the needs of the students are at the centre of all you do.
  • Perform such other duties consistent with the nature of the post as may be required from time to time.

Please note that this job description is correct at the date of issue. It should be recognised that, in keeping with organisational changes and development, it may be necessary to review the duties listed and change them to meet organisational objectives. QAC complies with safeguarding guidelines and all appointees are required to have a DBS check and two references.

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

Knowledge & Skills
  • Knowledge of a range of health needs and clinical interventions including epilepsy, diabetes, asthma, anaphylaxis, PEG feeding, intermittent catheterisation, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections and tissue viability/pressure area/wound care.
  • Knowledge of person centred, outcomes focused approaches in delivery of care.
  • Aware of accountability of own role and other roles in a nurse-led service, in line with the NMC Code of Conduct.
  • Be able to carry out detailed health assessments and write reports outlining the support required.
  • To be able to produce a range of health protocols and guidelines in collaboration with families/carers, students, health professionals and staff.
  • Be competent in delivering all aspects of medication management within a health care setting.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, and demonstrate excellent communication skills: verbal, listening & written, with a wide range of individuals including, students, their family and medical professionals.
  • Participate in the provision of support and training to staff and students with regards to health needs and interventions.
  • Have an awareness of Ofsted and CQC standards.
  • Basic IT knowledge

  • NMC registered nurse (RN/RNLD/RMN).
  • Experience of working with people with learning disabilities, autism, physical disabilities and mental health conditions.
  • Involvement in the implementation and evaluation of health protocols and clinical guidelines.
  • Experience of carrying out audits.
  • Experience of providing enhanced first aid procedures in line with current practice.
  • Experience of working with minimal supervision and the ability to make sound clinical judgements within limited timescales.

How to apply

We look forward to receiving your application and knowing more about your qualifications, skills, personal qualities and experience that you would bring to the role and to QAC. Please take time to review the job description above.

Please upload a CV/Resume* with details of your full employment history (since leaving school, including education, employment and voluntary work) including reasons for any gaps in employment. This should also include a statement of the personal qualities and experience you believe are relevant to your suitability for the post and how this meets the job description and person specification requirements. Your CV/Resume* will be re-produced in a standard format by the system (without personal identifiers) to assist us in our anonymised shortlisting process.

Under Section 7 of SVGA 2006 it is an offence to apply for the role if the applicant is barred from engaging in regulated activity relevant to children. The College's Safeguarding Policies are available here

About Queen Alexandra College

Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is a national residential College and registered charity that supports a diverse range of student/client abilities and needs.
Our College provides education, training, routes to independent living and employment through an innovative, holistic approach to learning and support.

QAC offers a vibrant, varied and fun educational experience for both residential and day students. Our curriculum aims to maximise adult life, independence and work opportunities for all students. Class sizes are small and support levels high.

All students, clients and staff are supported within safe and well-resourced environments. We have educational and learning sites based in Birmingham, one of Europe’s most welcoming and vibrant cities, with a rich and diverse culture. Our main site is based in Harborne, a pleasant leafy Birmingham suburb, on a friendly and green 8-acre campus with excellent facilities and resources.

As QAC has grown, we now have new educational and learning sites – Pinewood Campus (dedicated to employment progression) and Umberslade Campus (dedicated to horticulture and outdoor learning).

QAC makes a positive difference to the lives and learning of people with disabilities and learning difficulties. We have high expectations of staff, students and clients whilst being responsive, innovative and collaborative. Our College values drive how we work with students, clients, stakeholders and as a team.
We continue to attract and retain staff of the highest calibre, who are proud of QAC’s achievements and who wish to be an integral part of ongoing and future successes.
As Leaders in Diversity which drives the culture at QAC and we warmly welcome applications from individuals who share our values, from all backgrounds, to add to our committed and diverse team.

Registered Nurse
Queen Alexandra College
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Unknown / Non-Applicable
201 to 500 Employees
Company - Public
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