Band 7 AHP Practice Education Facilitator

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 a year pro rata
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
The role of the Practice Education AHP is to provide a high level of leadership, advocacy and support for student AHP's, practice assessors / supervisors and other colleagues. The aim is to help ensure AWP offers safe, effective and high quality learning experiences for students and other learners, and that colleagues in the placement settings are adequately prepared and supported. The learners are predominantly occupational therapists but also physiotherapy, dietetics and speech and language therapy.

In this post, you will:
  • Assess the quality of current and potential learning environments, supporting colleagues to offer a good standard of vocational training aligned with relevant learning outcomes and clinical standards.
  • Model, articulate and promote good practice around the HCPC standards for student education and the professional bodies, RCOT, CSP, BDA, RCS& LT contributing to a range of audit and reporting processes (e.g. Health Education England data returns)
  • Maintain a professional liaison between AWP and its partnering Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), representing the Trust in a range of meetings, forums and negotiating spaces.
  • Actively engage with AWP clinicians, learners and educational colleagues to alleviate concerns, remove barriers and to ensure the smooth running of practice placements.

In this role, you will be a highly visible and accessible resource to teams, and you will be an advocate for learning and education in everything you do.

Main duties of the job

  • Advise clinical teams, Practice Assessors/Supervisors on teaching best practice in a clinical setting to deliver and maintain high clinical standards for service users and families and supporters.
  • Influence and inform the development of effective and high quality learning opportunities for learners, acting as a visible resource to clinical teams
  • Implement agreed actions to maximise the required placement capacity in all clinical teams within the Trust where AHP's are present
  • Develop strong links with Practice Educators to support them within the placement areas
  • Support the development of Practice Educators in the clinical teams including the delivery of updates, workshops, conferences and development meetings
  • Provide support mechanisms for practice educators in liaison with the HEIs in addressing individual student issues, including suboptimal performance
  • Represent the Trust in operational meetings with HEIs to ensure that issues of concern about practice and performance are fully addressed. This will include addressing situations where students have raised concerns about placements.
  • Work to develop a register of AHP practice educators and ensure systems are in place in the organisation to maintain this
  • Facilitate the annual audits of practice environments with the HEIs, ensuring that improvements identified through the process are embedded and maintained, and student feedback is fully utilised to drive improvements in student experience

About us

This is an exciting new role within AWP a big mental health Trust in the SW of England . The role will work to develop new placements support existing placements and work with practice educators and HEI to make AWP a placement of choice. You will support across the AHP professions but with a emphasise on occupational therapy which is the largest AHP staff group. You will be supported by the head of Allied health professions.

Job description

Job responsibilities

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Person Specification



  • HCPC Registered AHP OT, PT, Dietician, S& lt Post graduate experience of student education. 7 years plus experience, some at a senior level. Teaching experience within health care Understanding of the undergraduate requirements for AHP placements


  • mental health Trust experience



  • BSC in a relevant AHP profession


  • Masters qualification or equivalent in a relevant subject

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

Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust


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