Children & Young People’s Epilepsy Nurse Specialist

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Closing Date: 17/08/2022
Contract Permanent
Working Hours Part Time
Location Darlington
Salary £39,027
Company NHS Jobs

Job Description

The role involved the provision of specialist nursing support for children and young people (CYP) aged 0-17, and their families who have a diagnosis of epilepsy or associated conditions, in outpatient, inpatient, day care and community settings. The post holder will be a key point of contact for families between clinic reviews, providing direct, high quality and individualised specialist information, training, advice and support to the CYP and family, and those involved in the child’s education, welfare and wellbeing. The role involves the provision of a specialist paediatric nursing care within the paediatric epilepsy and complex needs service and delivering excellent patient centred care. The post holder will also deliver education and training to families, wider support networks, residential and educational settings and other professionals to ensure a safe environment for CYP with epilepsy, liaise with the medical team and coordinate treatments, reviews and investigations and work with other related specialities and promote compliance with clinical governance and regulatory standards.

Main duties of the job

We’re looking for an enthusiastic and experienced children’s nurse to join our team as a band 6 Children’s Epilepsy Nurse Specialist.

This post is part time, based at Darlington Memorial Hospital, with a requirement to travel throughout the region, both to hospital sites and patient’s homes.

This role will utilise specialist clinical skills to provide assessment, advice, care and education to children and young people with Epilepsy and their families, empowering them to manage their condition. You will hold an individual caseload, and undertake nurse led clinics, working as part of a multidisciplinary team to ensure a holistic approach to Epilepsy.

This role will require you to work independently in schools and colleges to train staff in the care of the child or young person with Epilepsy, as well as supporting the inpatient teams in developing skills in the care of children with Epilepsy.

We’re looking for someone who is dynamic and driven, is able to work autonomously and who understands the impact of Epilepsy on a child or young person’s wellbeing and is committed to working with families, to help children achieve their full potential.

About us

We are one of the largest integrated care providers in England. Over 7,000 Staff serve a population of around 650,000 people in the North East,

We provide hospital services from two acute sites – Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-Le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients’ homes.

At County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust our aim is to always deliver excellent care with compassion to deliver the highest quality of care our patients deserve. We value the personal skills, experiences and qualities that individuals bring to the Trust; creating an inclusive working environment to attract talented people who feel motivated, involved and able to influence the future direction of our services. The wellbeing of staff is important to us; we have a dedicated Health and Wellbeing team who provide support on a range of topics.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

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Job description

Job responsibilities

The role will have clinical responsibility relating to the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of programmes of care for children and young people, including the development of comprehensive care plans and emergency seizure plans which aim to empower families and reduce avoidable hospital admissions. The post holder will independently manage a caseload, which will involve liaising with patients in relation to appointments and appropriate investigations. As well as being an expert resource for children, young people and their families, the post holder will provide advice, education and support that is appropriately planned to meet each individual’s needs empowering them to manage their treatment, whilst also being an expert resource for the Trust in the provision of paediatric epilepsy treatments and interventions.

The post holder will have a key role in relation to Service development and lead in the development and quality assurance of patient information relevant care pathways, policies, procedures protocols and guidelines for the identified caseload supporting integrated care and joint working with community colleagues.

Educational responsibilities include contributing to learning programme development for all staff caring for children, so they have up to date clinical skills knowledge and competence in the field of epilepsy and seizure management, fostering environments conductive to learning and developing teaching and learning strategies to support in empowering professionals to support their caseloads and also children and their families to managing their own conditions effectively., enquiry, research and support the identification of the training and development needs of nursing staff/learners in the development.

The post holder will utilise research to support and enhance nursing practice, whilst also initiating and leading in improvement, audit and research studies relating to nursing and multidisciplinary care, within the specialist area of practice and education, presenting findings through governance events. There is a requirement to contribute to regional and local audits to benchmark services and provide drivers for service improvement and also support in the maintenance of the Service database, including ensuring data entry, retrieval and analysis and provide activity reports as requested.

Person Specification

Special Skills & Knowledge


  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Problem solving
  • Ability to work under pressure to changing deadlines
  • Prioritisation/organisational skills
  • Ability to deal with complex situations
  • Ability to develop and deliver training programmes
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
  • Able to develop individualised plans of care for diverse range of families


  • Awareness of the national transition agenda
  • Awareness of government initiatives in respect of children with disabilities and EHCPs
  • Experience of complex safeguarding cases



  • Significant post registration experience
  • Experience of managing children and young people with epilepsy and associated conditions
  • Experience of delivering training, education and health promotion


  • Experience of managing a caseload



  • Degree in health related subject
  • Meets NMC requirements for mentorship
  • Teaching and assessing qualification
  • Level 3 safeguarding children training


  • PET1/PET2 course
  • Post graduate study in Epilepsy
  • Non medical prescribing qualification
  • Clinical skills qualification

Statutory Registration


  • NMC Registered Nurse (Child)

Special Requirements


  • Able to travel across Trust sites to meet the requirements of the post

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

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust

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