Professional Education and Apprenticeships Lead

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
£53,703 to £59,796 a year per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
7 Jun 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented individual to join our friendly and supportive L& D team at the Royal Marsden Hospital to lead and manage our apprenticeships and professional education offer to support our strategic ambition for education and meet the aims of our workforce development plan.

The successful post holder will also be responsible for leading on the Trust's apprenticeship provision to gain best value from the apprenticeship levy, putting together a broad range of opportunities on offer and ensuring these are well-promoted. To be successful in this role you will need to form close working partnerships with professional and operational leads to understand workforce development priorities and work together to implement workforce planning solutions supported by apprenticeship pathways. In this role you will be supported by a dedicated Business Manager and will also have additional administrative support from the wider L& D team.

We are keen to hear from experienced applicants but also for someone to learn and grow into this role. It would be great if you have strong experience in the provision of apprenticeships and also in education commissioning and managing CPD budgets but if your knowledge is only in one of these areas we are still keen to hear from you.

Please note that interviews will be held onFriday 16th June.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will be responsible for all Health Education England non-medical CPD funding streams, ensuring that the financial allocation for professional education is used effectively to meet the learning needs of the organisation to ensure the continued ability to deliver safe, effective patient centred care and treatment.

This will involve working closely with nursing, AHP and other professional leads to identify learning needs so that commissioning with The Royal Marsden School, higher education institutions and other education providers is co-ordinated and streamlined for the whole organisation. The post holder will lead on the monitoring of commissioned professional education and training ensuring cost-effectiveness, equality of access and quality outcomes, in line with the organisation's strategic direction.

The post holder will also lead on the delivery of the Apprenticeships programme to upskill new and existing staff, build career pathways, create entry routes into healthcare and help to address skills shortages across the workforce.

About us

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is a world-leading cancer centre. Our role is to offer our patients the best cancer care available anywhere in the world, and to continue to make a global contribution to finding better ways of diagnosing and treating cancer. We employ over 4,500 staff in a diverse range of careers including nursing, medical, science, radiography, pharmacy, occupational therapy, finance and administrative services. We have two hospitals - one in Chelsea, London, and one in Sutton, Surrey - as well as a Medical Daycare Unit in Kingston Hospital

At The Royal Marsden, we deal with cancer every day, so we understand how valuable life is. When people entrust their lives to us, they have the right to demand the very best. That's why the pursuit of excellence lies at the heart of everything we do.

At the heart of the hospital is our dedicated team. We offer a stimulating and dynamic working environment, a wide range of staff benefits and learning and development opportunities. We are looking for employees who aspire to excellence, share our values and can play a crucial role in our on-going achievements.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.
  • Identify the learning needs of clinical staff across the Trust and respond to these, using the information from the annual Learning Needs Analysis for commissioning education, development planning and resource allocation.
  • Develop an annual plan for the commissioning of professional education against the various income streams in accordance with organisational priorities for quality, safety and workforce development
  • Ensure plans for spending against external funding streams are drawn up on an annual basis and reported against at mid-year and year-end within the requisite timeframes
  • Hold responsibility for the commissioning of CPD courses and modules from RM School and other higher education providers following the identification of needs in collaboration with the leads of the non-medical specialties across the organisation, ensuring best value is obtained at all times.
  • Hold responsibility for the entire CPD budget on behalf of the Assistant Director of Workforce Development maintaining excellent systems of financial monitoring and reporting
  • Maintain an overview of the quality of education provision using data from the annual quality assessment and NETS survey to drive forward quality improvement initiatives
  • Hold regular meetings with higher education institutions to review education provision, learner experience and value for money
  • Develop the annual review of multi-professional learning and development across the organisation working with RM school and professional leaders to gather the data and present in an organised and visually attractive format
  • Lead the annual multi-professional quality assessment process in line with HEE quality standards, liaising with professional leads to capture the data and create action plans to address areas of low quality
  • Hold responsibility for the management of study leave within the organisation, ensuring smooth processes are in place for application, approval and fair decision-making on CPD spending
  • Contribute to the allocation of placement tariff funding to ensure resources are in place to monitor and maintain the quality of student placements.
  • Develop and maintain the Trusts study leave policy, processes and digital workflows
  • Monitor expenditure monthly and make immediate recommendations if spending is not tracking against projected targets
  • Oversee the work of the Business Manager ensuring that all invoices are processed promptly, proactively taking steps to resolve issues that arise
  • Maintain an excellent knowledge of procurement systems and processes and act as an expert resource to the rest of the L& D team
  • Provide expert support and advice to individuals and managers in respect of education and professional qualifications
  • Work in collaboration with multi-professional colleagues to promote inter-professional learning
  • Ensure that systems are in place that enable equitable access to non-mandatory training and development and ensure that measures are in place to identify and take action where there is inequity
  • Represent the Trust with HEE and maintain networks with professional education leads within the integrated care partnership and across London

Person Specification



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Masters degree / professional clinical qualification or equivalent levels of experience in a senior L& D role



  • Significant experience in L& D commissioning and procurement
  • Experience in utilising apprenticeships to create workforce development pathways
  • Significant experience managing sizeable training budgets
  • Experience developing, improving and managing systems and processes
  • Significant experience working with spreadsheets using intermediate MS Excel skills
  • Experience in writing papers to a very high standard

Skills Abilities/knowledge


  • Detailed knowledge of the apprenticeship levy rules and associated rules and regulations
  • Detailed knowledge of public sector procurement processes
  • Knowledge of higher education levels and standards

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

The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust


The Royal Marsden Hospital Sutton



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