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Professional Development Practitioner Countywide

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
8 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Are you a Nurse/AHP in need of a change and want to develop your skills? A NEW & EXCITING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY - 12 Month secondment. You will be enrolled on a Teaching & Training Skills Course which will focus on helping you to develop teaching and training skills.

This post is designed to support the continuing development of excellence in nursing practice across the range clinical services at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals and requires working cross-sites (Worcester, Redditch & Kidderminster)

The post-holder will provide specialist clinical advice and promote key practice developments and implementation of quality initiatives. The post-holder will co-ordinate and deliver nurse, registered professionals and HCA education packages, training materials and provide advice, mentoring, supervision to support the delivery of high-quality care.

Main duties of the job

The Professional Development Team is part of the Corporate Nursing Directorate and provides support, advice, training and education across a range of work streams. The Professional Development team is responsible for promoting high standards of patient centred care through demonstration of clinical expertise with reference to The 6 Cs and 4ward behaviours. They support Sisters/Charge Nurses, Matrons and clinical staff in creating safe, effective, caring, responsive and well lead clinical environments that encourage learning and professional growth through practice development, through delivering educational programmes and working alongside staff in clinical settings.

About us

Our purpose is simple - Putting Patients First. We are looking for exceptional colleagues who can help us achieve this.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is a large acute and specialised hospital trust that provides a range of local acute services to the residents of Worcestershire and more specialised services to a larger population in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Trust operates hospital-based services from three sites in Kidderminster, Redditch and Worcester

Our workforce is nearly 6,800 strong, and our caring staff are recognised as providing good and outstanding patient-centred care. You could be one of them.

We are committed to recruiting the best people to work with us to achieve our Vision - working in partnership to provide the best healthcare for our communities, leading and supporting our teams to move 4ward. Our 4ward behaviours, which we ask all staff to demonstrate, underpin our everyday work and remain firmly at the heart of all we do.

Our objectives are simple:
  • Best services for local people
  • Best experience of care and best outcomes for our patients
  • Best use of resources
  • Best people

Better never stops, and our Clinical Services Strategy provides a clear future vision for our Trust, our hospitals, our services and our role in the wider health and care system.

We are proud to have achieved Timewise accreditation - this means we are committed to embedding flexible working within our organisation as a flex positive employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities


  • Be a role model for clinical staff in providing a high standard of holistic and individualised patient care to patients by:
  • Working alongside clinical staff demonstrating and applying an in-depthknowledge of a range of clinical skills.
  • Acting as a reflective practitioner, applying evidence-basedpractice and critical thinking to review all practices and processes of care with clinical leads.
  • Promoting and maintaining a concept of holistic nursing which incorporates a patient centred approach to care.
  • Deliver teachingprogrammes using avariety of approaches including:patient bedside coaching, mentoring, tutorials, clinical updates, multi-professional teaching sessions and difficult cases discussions
  • Ensuring that practices of clinical staff are working in accordance with appropriate professional guidance and best practice
  • Assist in the development and review of protocols and guidelines for nursing practice.
  • Work closely with other key individuals both internally and externally to support practice developments to improve patient care.
  • Work with all nursing staff to ensure that all practitioners have a clear understanding of accountability through the NMC Code and Standards for Health Care Support Workers.
  • To effectively support the provision of the highest possible standard of physical, psychological, social and nursing care for patients, their relatives and friends.
  • Provide training in response to developmental needs identified in organisational training needs analysis and training plans, local and national developments and initiatives.
  • Facilitate the development, implementation and evaluation of best clinical guidelines, policies and protocols
  • Participate in the process of standard setting and nursing developments to facilitate continuous improvements in practice and the quality of care provided.
  • Identify and report potential issues or concerns which may compromise the quality of patient care, liaising with Ward Sisters/Charge nurses/ Matrons as appropriate.
  • Demonstrate, skills in multi-professional team working and leadership that responds to the changing needs of patients and assist/enable nursing colleagues to acquire those multi-professional team skills
  • Participate, support and role model to nursing colleagues skilled and competent nursing practice in the clinical setting.
  • To work consistently with nursing colleagues to improve all aspects of nursing care by providing on-going support, advice and by facilitating their ownership of their own learning.
  • Understand and demonstrate to other nurse colleagues good current clinical practice as well as emerging clinical practice which must be supported by nationally based care standards that are empirically/research based.
  • Provide support for staff in effectively addressing concerns and where required provide support to investigate clinical incidents or complaints in line with hospital policy.
  • Work with colleagues to promote a culture positive of reporting concerns, incidents related to patient quality and safety.
  • To provide a skills and competency based approach to the training, development and support of nursing and health care support worker staff across the organisation.
  • To act appropriately in the event of any accidents and emergencies, and to report any incident according to hospital policy.
  • To abide by the legal and statutory rules relating to nursing practice and to maintain a standard of conduct in accordance with the NMC Code and Hospital Policies.

Training and Education
  • Co-ordinate and develop specific programmes of training and education to support improvements in nursing practice using a wide range of approaches to deliver this.
  • To actively promote and facilitate a learning environment in clinical areas through a wide range of approaches.
  • Attend key groups around training and education both internally and externally and provide feedback.
  • To carry out dedicated teaching/presentations internally and externally as identified.
  • To be informed of local, regional/network and national health and social care developments and disseminate to other team members.
  • Assist in policy and audit development.

  • Acts as a professional/educational resource for all staff in the clinical areas, role modelling the use of reflective practice and professional learning.
  • Facilitate learning through continuing professional development and training needs analysis.
  • To plan self-development, further develop the role in conjunction with the Head of Department.
  • To seek assistance in aspects which require development.
  • To keep abreast of current research and to use this as a basis for nursing practise.
  • To attend all mandatory training sessions, incorporating this knowledge into everyday practice and to supervise the safe practice of others.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse with current NMC Registration in adult or general nursing or Registered Allied Healthcare professionals with current HCPC registration.
  • Educated to first degree level or equivalent experience.


  • Training/qualification in teaching/education
  • Coaching/Mentoring
  • Professional Advocate

Personal Capabilities


  • Motivated and Enthusiastic
  • Excellent communicator.
  • Excellent organisational skill/time management.
  • Flexible.
  • Confident decision maker.
  • Professional commitment and self-awareness.
  • Computer literate.
  • Able to prioritise workload, achieving a balance between clinical work and other aspects of the post.
  • Able to work autonomously and as a member of a small team, as well as part of the wider multidisciplinary team.
  • Able to undertake a range of clinical duties.
  • Able to travel across all Trust sites.



  • Minimum of 2 years post registration skills & experience
  • Acute experience
  • Experience of change management and undertaking teaching and presentation

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.

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

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust


Charles Hastings Way




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