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Practice Educator

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 per annum pro rata + 5% basic salary (£1,192 to £2,011)
Closing date
23 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
We are pleased to confirm we have an opening for a Nurse looking to take the next step in their career as a Practice Educator Band 7, to work at Forest House Adolescent Unit, CAMHS service.

Forest House supports young people suffering from emotional, behavioural, and psychiatric problems offering young people a 24-hour, 7 day a week service: assessing, treating and evaluating care through a variety of therapeutic techniques including family work, individual work, group work and day-to-day milieu.

As the Practice Educator, you will provide support and clinical education to staff and student learners to improve their professional practice. You must have a genuine interest in the development of others and be organised and committed. In addition to this you will be professional and confident in answering any questions.

Main duties of the job

  • You will be expected to:
    • In conjunction with the Mental Health Nursing team, you will be responsible for facilitating education and practice development within the CAMHS inpatient and community setting.
    • Collaborate with key individuals, including the Matron, Service Line Lead, Charge Nurses, Team leaders and the Mental Health Professional Nursing team to ensure that sufficient expertise exists within Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.
    • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge base, ensuring professional, academic, and clinical credibility. This will involve working and role modelling as a practitioner in the service
    • Ensure the ongoing training and educational needs of nursing staff within CAMHS and to develop personalised development programmes to meet these needs.
    • Co-ordinate, deliver and evaluate the training and education of nursing staff within CAMHS and ensure that nursing staff have the appropriate skills and knowledge to deliver quality nursing care.
    • Play a key role in facilitating work-based learning focused on enabling staff to work in a person-centred approach. She/he will also play a key role in identifying education and development needs and meeting these in innovative ways.

About us

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (HPFT) is an outstanding organisation with ambitions to match. We are one of just five mental health trusts to achieve an overall rating of 'Outstanding' from the Care Quality Commission, and our aim is to be the leading provider of mental health and specialist learning disability services in the country.

Our family of over 3500 members of staff provide health and social care for over 400,000 people with mental ill health, physical ill health and learning disabilities across Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, and Norfolk, delivering these services within the community and several inpatient settings. We also deliver a range of nationally commissioned specialist services including Tier 4 services for children and young people, perinatal services, plus medium and low secure learning disabilities services.

The care we provide makes a fantastic difference to the lives of our service users, their families and carers - everything is underpinned by choice, independence and equality, with our Trust values embedded throughout:

Our Trust values are:Welcoming. Kind. Positive. Respectful. Professional.

These values are at the core of who we are, everything we do, and how we do it!

Job description

Job responsibilities

  • Support managers, assessors, and supervisors in practice and act as a link between clinical practice, research team, International Recruitment team, and Higher Education Institutes (HEI) in relation to the development of learners and staff.
  • The post holder will be able to work autonomously to resolve issues and problems arising within practice whilst providing skilled leadership and support to all members of the workforce involved with the learners.
  • The postholder will lead by example, acting as a role model to others by demonstrating effective professional attitudes and behaviours.
  • They will develop communication networks internally and externally as well as close working relationships with managers, practice assessors and supervisors, University Education Lead and HEIs.
  • Play a leading role as appropriate, to develop curriculum ensuring the principles of work-based learning, clinical needs and up-to-date practice of caring for service users is included.
  • Be responsible for the development, delivery, and evaluation of a programme of clinically relevant practice education to support the professional development of the workforce, with a specific focus on enabling the delivery of high-quality person-centered care that is embedded in evidence-based practice and underpinned by national, organisational, and Trust objectives, guidelines and policies.
  • Support the general duties of a Practice Education Facilitator in clinical practice.

For a more detailed description, please see attached JD and PS.

Person Specification



  • RMN / DipSW / CQSW / OT qualification
  • Evidence of current Registration with NMC, GSCC or HPC


  • Management Qualification



  • Substantial post qualifying experience of collaborating with people with mental health problems in the community.
  • Experience of working as an Approved Mental health Professional and/or Best Interests Assessor.
  • Experience of working in an integrated health and social care environment.
  • Experience of providing Clinical and Management Supervision.
  • Involvement in the development of a new service and/or change management.
  • The ability to lead a multi-disciplined team and provide ongoing operational, clinical, and professional supervision.

Employer details

Employer name

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust


Forest House Adolescent Unit, Forest Lane, Kingsley Green, Harper Lane, Radlett. WD7 9HQ

Forest Lane, Kingsley Green, Harper Lane



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