Clinical Practice Educator

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Haywards Heath
£35,392 to £42,618 a year per annum
Closing date
4 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
A rare opportunity to join our outpatients team that cover nain OPD at PRH/RSCH/Hove and Lewes. You will part of our small but close teams who pride themselves in providing a high standard of care to our patients, families and carers.

We are looking for an experienced nurse with a clear vision on how a practice educator can help standardise care across the sites to ensure staff are fully competent and trained. You will need to be able to lead with care & understanding to create a shared purpose and ensure the team feel supported.

You will be part of a team responsible for driving outpatients forward. the successful candidate will be offered a supportive and friendly working environment with the chance to develop further.

The Practice Educator is an important team member that works with all the main Outpatient teams to help create a cohesive, evidence based work force who all receive the same training through standardised practice and teaching

Main duties of the job

To identify and promote evidence based nursing practice within Outpatients Central Clinical Services through the implementation and facilitation of clinically based teaching / education, ensuring that staff are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to perform their roles competently.

Lead on orientation and competency programmes, a development programme for new nurses that incorporates theoretical teaching, clinical skills assessment & formulation of personal development plans.

Facilitates the professional development and education of all members of staff in a positive learning environment.

The post holder works closely with the UHSussex educators and university lecturers ensuring links between theory and practice are securely comprehended and implemented.

As educator for outpatients CCS the post holder will provide advice and guidance to other personnel, will undertake audit and assist with the development of professional policies, standards & best practice guidelines.

The role also involves representing the Trust at local level. The post holder works without direct supervision.

You will be expected to spend 50% of working time in the clinical setting.

About us

Join us atUHSussex, every day is different, you can be the change, better never stops

At UHSussex we're proud to be at the heart of the NHS. As one of the UK's largest acute Trusts, we're a leading example of the excellence, the ambition and the values that have embodied the NHS for over 70 years.

Improving lives: We are a vibrant and inclusive organisation, with hardworking, talented and dedicated individuals, who work together towards a common goal, to always put our Patient First. Our mission is summed up by our 'where better never stops' motto and no matter the role at UHSussex, you will play a part in driving us forwards and in improving the lives of patients across Sussex. We treat our patients and staff with the same compassion and empathy we expect for ourselves. We're here for them when they need us, and we go above and beyond to meet their needs. This can be seen in our wellbeing programme for staff which is extensive and designed to support you when you need it because we know that to look after others we must first look after ourselves.

Build a career with us: As a university trust and a leader in healthcare research, we value learning, teaching and training so that we can be the best that we can be. From the moment you start with us and throughout your career we will help you to grow and develop. We hope that in choosing UHSussex you are choosing a long and happy career where you will be able to see the difference you make and feel valued for all that you do.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Main Duties and Responsibilities


Work collaboratively with all outpatient areas to promote cohesive consistent best practice and share resources, ideas & knowledge

Be an expert in skills related to outpatients, effectively interpreting and communicating specialist information to colleagues and patients where appropriate

Have excellent interpersonal, communication and team skills, liaising with patients and relatives, networking with other healthcare professionals and specialists, interpreting and sharing detailed and complex information

Maintain accurate and relevant clinical notes and documentation on patients. Ensuring confidentiality and adherence to the Data Protection Act is maintained, full and accurate records of relevant information is documented inpatients records

Disseminate accurate and pertinent information to OPD nursing staff regarding professional nursing practice

Demonstrating excellent communication and listening skills with patients, relatives and staff

Network with practice educators across the Trust, attend practice development meetings and forums, disseminate information to the relevant staff.

Works with each nurse manager to develop training for each area and provides regular feedback

Service Delivery and Improvement

To foster the philosophy of evidence based practice, analysing, interpreting and implementing research findings, to ensure effective and innovative nursing practice

Participate in auditing the clinical education environment, in conjunction with the Nurse Managers and the University of Brighton

Implement changes where necessary, maintain accurate data, staff training and development records.

The post holder is required to participate in the Trust appraisal process and work towards meeting identified development needs.

Assist in the general recruitment of staff for operating theatres and in particular the recruitment of staff for educational programmes.

The post holder is required to demonstrate on-going continuous professional development.

At no time should the post holder work outside their defined level of competence. If the post holder has concerns regarding this they should immediately discuss this with their team leader/manager

Ability to write new competencies and research what is needed ensuring the correct procedure for Trust approval has been followed.

People Management and Development

Assist in development and implementation of education strategies across outpatients in order that staffs are equipped with the right skills, ensuring that practice is standardised across sites

Work on own initiative to undertake a wide range of duties relating to Outpatients, backed up by professional skills and knowledge, including being able to respond in the event of an adverse reaction or emergency situations

Provide informal/formal teaching sessions for staff & colleagues, explaining and demonstrating Outpatient principles and practical skills related to each outpatient area.

Implement annual study days specifically for Outpatient staff that help meet the needs of the service and develop staff.

Supervise the maintenance of the statutory and mandatory training required by nursing staff working in all departments and ensure accurate date records are maintained according to Trust policy.

To work within the NMC Code of Conduct at all times and adhere to health and safety legislation.

To oversee department standards and monitoring of cleanliness, contributing and leading assessments/audits ensuring a clean environment for care, to include a clear oversight of the environment and facilities management services and maintenance issues.

Through being a role model create a culture which motivates, enthuses and empowers others to give their very best and challenges behaviours which fall short of those expected.

Undertake assessment of practice and mentorship of nursing on pre and post - basic education courses. Provide clinical supervision, highly specialist advice and assessment of competence in clinical practice

Undertake assessment of practice and supporting learners in practice of nursing, new learners on pre and post basic education courses

Preparation and delivery of teaching sessions across the perioperative division.

Be a positive role model to colleagues and all staff on clinical and professional standards of Outpatient practice

Use initiative and discretion to manage workload independently

To be accountable within Trust policies and procedures.

Provide feedback and educational counselling to staff, learners and support staff in relation to their appraisal, professional and personal development assist staff in formulating personal development plans and portfolios

Be responsible for initiating and directing best practice and acting as a professional role model.

Safeguard the health, safety and welfare of staff, patients and visitors. With the responsibility for staff training in the use of key equipment in the Outpatient environment.

Patient Care Delivery

Provide highly specialist Outpatient care to patients during all stages of the appointment process, expert in understanding the 18 week pathway and referral to treatment time

Act as a resource for staff in outpatients, offer expert tuition, support and guidance to nursing, new learners and support staff. This role demands expert knowledge, gained through extensive clinical experience, together with theoretical study at a minimum of post-registration level

Act as a role model both educationally and clinically, ensuring standards are met in clinical practice.

Be highly skilled and dextrous, working with technical and complex equipment and machinery, including monitors, bladder scans, fibroscans, heart monitors

Have the technical expertise to act as a trainer for medical devices and equipment, training nursing, and new learners to ensure safety and competence in practice, thereby addressing issues of clinical risk.

Maintain own clinical skills through working in practice alongside students or as a member of the team on a weekly/daily basis.

To be responsible for the professional and operational delivery of high quality clinical care standards ensuring that patients are always treated with dignity and respect.

Please see attached job description for full details

Person Specification

essential criteria


  • Supervisor/Practice Assessor, or equivalent teaching and assessing qualification
  • professional development
  • leading a team
  • proficient in computer skills
  • experience of working with multidisciplenary teams
  • working with students
  • understanding of the 18 week pathway


  • outpatient experience
  • leadership course
  • certificate in teaching
  • knowledge of outpatient procedures

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

University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust (279)


PRH, RSCH, Hove Poly Clinic & Lewes Victoria

Lewes Road

Haywards Heath

RH16 4EX

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