School Medicines Assistant 22.5 hrs/week, term time only
(GLPC Grade C, SCP 4-5, (£18,933-£19,312 pro rata = approx £10,105-£10,308 pa)
Oak Field School is a Special School (Ofsted Outstanding 2018, 2014, 2011) for 168 pupils aged 3-19 with a wide range of learning and physical disabilities, broadly SLD (severe learning difficulties) and PMLD (profound and multiple learning difficulties). This includes some pupils with challenging behaviours linked to SLD, some pupils with ASD, and some pupils with complex health needs. This is a permanent post, to start on Monday 01 November 2021.
We are seeking a positive, proactive and organised School Medicines Assistant, who will work as one of a pair under the direction of the Headteacher and the Senior Leadership Team. They will receive training in medicines management/administration, and will be expected to undertake annual competency checks, carried out by NHS training team colleagues
At Oak Field, approximately 40% of pupils currently require medicines to be administered during the school day, in accordance with their agreed Medication Administration Records/Care Plans, and parent/carer permission. Some of these pupils have been prescribed multiple medicines, and others (approx 20%) may occasionally require emergency (or ‘rescue’) medication (such as buccal midazolam) to be administered. These medicines are stored centrally. Most of the pupils travel to and from school by bus, and many medicines need to be checked in and out of school daily. Many pupils need to take their medication with them when they go out of school, for example to swimming sessions or on trips.
On a day-to-day basis, the role will include the checking in and out of medicines, and measuring and administering them to the children and young people in accordance with their agreed Medication Administration Records or Care Plans, as above; this to include short-term medicines like antibiotics. This also to include identifying, querying, and acting upon any discrepancies, and communicating with parents/carers and others, eg when medicines are near their expiry date and a new prescription is needed. Where appropriate, and in liaison with school staff, the post holder will also be expected to support pupils in understanding their medication needs and in the self-administration of their medicines. Experience of medicines management/administration, of working with children, of working in a school, or of working in a residential or care setting would be an advantage, as would an interest in working with children and young people with SEN.
The successful candidate will receive training in relevant areas such as Safeguarding and Child Protection. They will also be expected to be proactive in seeking and developing their own continuing professional development and will be encouraged to participate in the wider life/enrichment activities of the school.
Working hours for this post are Mon-Fri 9.30am-2.30pm, term time only (22.5 hrs/week), inc 30 mins unpaid lunchbreak.
Since Oak Field is a unique specialised educational setting within the city of Nottingham, we strongly advise that before you apply for this post you have a detailed look at our website (oakfieldschool.org.uk), especially the 4-minute video, then have an informal telephone conversation with Patricia Lewis (Headteacher) to discuss this post further. This opportunity is available between 9.30am and 5pm, and we would strongly encourage you to do this, because it will support your application.
Applications close on: Monday 27 September 2021 at noon
Provisional interview date: Friday 01 October 2021
Interviews will include a range of activities, including practical skills tests.
A commitment to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people is essential, and the successful applicant will be required to have an enhanced DBS check carried out prior to commencing employment.