Practice Educator

Devon Partnership NHS Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year
Closing date
1 Oct 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Full Time
Devon Partnership Trust is recognised as an exemplar organisation for its apprenticeship provision and we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced nurse to join the Practice Education team as a Practice Educator. This is a great opportunity which will primarily provide support to our internal learners as they undertake their apprenticeshipon our well established Nursing Pathway - both Registered Nurse Apprentices and Trainee Nurse Associates.

You will be supported to gain knowledge and skills as part of a wider Apprenticeship Team to play a full part in the Trust's great 'Grow our Own' initiative which offers development opportunities across the whole organisation.

We are proud to have over 100 apprentices on our Nursing Pathway and we offer great support to enable them to succeed and become Registered Nurses and Registered Nursing Associates in our amazing clinical teams in both Mental Health and Learning Disability Services.

The post holder will also work across the wider Practice Education team supporting across the varied workstreams to gain an all round knowledge of the service we provide to learners within the Trust.

Main duties of the job

The successful candidate will provide regular supervision and support - both academic and pastoral to the learners as they undertake their apprenticeship over 2, 3 or 4 years. You will be the key link for liaison with the faculty and apprenticeship teams at the Universities, both local and national, who provide these programmes for us.

You will also offer support and advice to managers and staff teams around the apprenticeship requirements of the learner and how these can best be achieved and may act as an Assessor where challenges are faced by the clinical teams to undertake this role

The co-ordination of quality placements for our apprentices is a key part of the success of our learners and you will be responsible for the co-ordination of these both within DPT and with our Partner Trusts.

As a Practice Educator you will also lead the recruitment and selection process of enthusiastic candidates onto our programmes throughout the year.

About us

About Devon Partnership Trust

We provide mental health, learning disability and neurodiversity services, as well as a range of specialist & secure services for the wider south west region & nationally. We are passionate about promoting good mental health & wellbeing. We strive to use the expertise & resources within our organisation, and through our partnerships, to deliver high quality services that are safe & focused on people's recovery.

We are committed to developing a culture of coproduction, involving patients, families & carers in everything we do

Our values

We not only recruit based on qualifications & experience - we recruit individuals who possess & demonstrate the behaviours which underpin our Trusts core values. These include such attributes as showing a commitment to quality of care, improving lives of others, giving respect, dignity & compassion. We can bring those values to life in our everyday tasks by giving a smile making time for people challenging ourselves & others, & being open to new ideas.

We are committed to being an inclusive employer & applications are encouraged & welcomed from all sections of the community, regardless of any protected characteristics as governed by the Equality Act 2010. Part time & flexible working applications will be considered & supported, where possible. We particularly encourage applicants with lived experience of mental health conditions, neurodiversity or learning disabilities. We are a Disability Confident Leader.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Communication & Working Relationships

Develops and maintains effective working relationships with managers, staff and their representatives.

Develops and maintains effective communications with pre-registration students and new members of staff entering their professional roles.

Develops and maintains effective communications with partner and external organisations with regard to local and regional placements and practice education programmes.

Maintains effective communications with the University of Plymouth and the Open University regarding the allocation of students to practice placements.

Develops and increases communication skills between disparate staff groups to enhance clinical decision making and the support of students and preceptees when joining the organisation.

Provides managers and staff with advice and guidance on matters relating to practice development, the trusts programme, policy and approach and any training available.

Takes part in team meetings, Personal Development Reviews, personal development planning, 1:1 supervision meetings etc.

Deal with sensitive situations involving students on placement and seek guidance from other Workforce colleagues as appropriate.

Communicates with others in relation to practice education initiatives as required.

Planning & Organisation

Effectively promote the redesign and on-going improvement of approaches and processes of delivering student placements and practice development programmes, through articulating national, organisational and local vision for the future delivery of this agenda.

Co-ordination of student placements for University of Plymouth and Open University students.

Review and evaluate the practice development programmes, actively promoting understanding across the organisation of these programmes and key responsibilities for those involved in the process.

Monitor a formal clinical skills programme for all learners to be achieved within practice.

Take part in annual Personal Development Reviews, aligning personal objectives with organisational objectives supporting the senior management team.

Support the Workforce and Organisational Development team in all areas of work relating to student placements, preceptorship and other practice education initiatives where required.

Lead on training in area of expertise and engage relevant team members where appropriate.

Co-ordinate and maintain a register of placement and sign off mentors within the Trust and ensure that the Trust has sufficiently trained mentors within areas that have student placements.

Responsibility for Judgement & Analysis

Provides guidance, training and mentoring for all members of staff involved in student placements and practice education. This may include indicating useful sources of information/training, teaching new techniques or skills, providing guidance on dealing with the situational aspects of the job or encouragement to learn particularly useful skills.

Recognises areas of work through day to day activities that could be undertaken as part of remit if relevant.

Identify mistakes and errors made in current working practices and review and redesign processes requiring improvement, while also addressing any training and development requirements of self of colleagues.

Assesses information requirements against desired outcomes in order to gather or request high quality, robust information that will produce the answers required.

Challenges any data anomalies recognised through report analysis, through discussion with relevant leads and with staff members responsible for management of the information on a day to day basis.

Undertakes audits, training needs analysis, surveys, self-assessments in order to collate and analyse progress, need, gaps in service etc.

Interprets complex information which relates to staff development and ensure this is communicated effectively to the line manager, project team and others as required.

Undertakes analysis of information interpreting any trends, patterns, gaps and preparing this in presentation to communicate back to information requester.

Responsibility for Patient/Client Care, Treatment & Therapy

There is no responsibility for patient/client care, treatment or therapy, however the postholder will be required to coordinate a trustwide programme that supports the patient safety agenda in assuring that staff are confident, competent and appropriately skilled when starting new roles with the organisation.

They will also be expected to maintain their knowledge, skills and professional registration which may include an agreed level of annualised clinical activity hours involving patient care and treatment.

Policy, Service, Research & Development Responsibility

Review local, regional or national guidance, best practice and case studies to appraise development opportunities and suggest areas for implementation within this organisation where appropriate. Ensure views of stakeholders are fed into process of implementation.

Actively seek out and interpret national policy, guidance and examples of best practice with regard to student placement and practice education programmes nationally. Review this information and adopt it as appropriate.

Review and update the current policies in relation practice education and engage with as many relevant staff as possible in the process of review and planning of implementation.

Develop high standards of practice throughout trust through promotion of legislation, guidance and models of best practice identified through research and reading. Gain peer support where required from local, regional or even national colleagues where relevant and appropriate.

Have a good understanding of any local relevant policies such as recruitment, Supervision and PDR, working time directive etc. Ensures that training is delivered within these frameworks and knowledge base.

Responsibility for Finance, Equipment & Other Resources

Ensures a consistent and high quality approach to the coordination of workshops and events, to include the provision and set up and pack up of required equipment, such as laptops, projectors, etc.

Responsible for the personal use of IT and training equipment.

Responsible for the review and updating of ARC database that holds information on student placements and allocations, in conjunction with the University of Plymouth.

Responsibility for Supervision, Leadership & Management

This post has no line management responsibility.

Information Resources & Administrative Duties

Assesses information requirements against desired outcomes in order to gather or request high quality, robust information that will produce the answers required.

Ensures all information recorded by self and other individuals has been inputted accurately and is recorded on the correct information system. Challenges where this has not happened.

Utilises existing methods and systems, such as Clinical Information System, Workforce Information System, training feedback forms, to extract information where appropriate

If information is not available for analysis, make suggestions for information returns in the future.

Undertakes audits, training needs analysis, surveys, self assessments in order to collate and analyse progress, need, gaps in service etc.

Interpret complex information which relates to staff development and ensure this is communicated effectively to the line manager, project team and others as required.

Undertakes analysis of information interpreting any trends, patterns, gaps and preparing this in presentation to communicate back to information requester.

Presents a variety of information back to a variety of forums, detailing the purpose of the information, the outcomes it has achieved and the results it presents (for example preceptor / preceptee numbers per year, training attendances, levels of feedback etc).

Any Other Specific Tasks Required

Identifies whether some or all of the skills and training needs are satisfied by existing training provided. Ensures access to this training for the service involved and is connected to the programme.

Able to develop and deliver a programme of training in a way that is stimulating for the learners, encouraging them to become involved in the learning experience thus enabling learners to achieve their ands the organisations learning goals appropriately.

With others, review core training requirements for staff and design and develop education programmes which may be delivered to staff across the trust by post holder or by other staff as appropriate.

Has an in depth knowledge and understanding of the organisations learning and development priorities. Links closely with the wider workforce team in order to maintain this knowledge and understanding.

To work under own initiative managing competing demands with only minimal supervision

To actively participate in ones own professional development, supervision and annual appraisal.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse Degree
  • Mentor or Assessor qualification


  • Post Graduate Teaching Qualification



  • Experience of supporting and assessing nursing students in practice - undergraduates and/or apprentices
  • Experience of working in Mental Health and/or Learning Disability Services
  • Excellent communicator

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