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Clinical Placement Quality Lead

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
£43,742 to £50,056 Per Annum
Closing date
30 Nov 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
The Department of Professional Healthcare Education are seeking applications for the Clinical Placement Quality Lead role .

This is a crucial role within the organisation and thepost holder will be responsible for the day to day operational management and supervision of the Clinical Placement Team, whose purpose is to ensure high quality clinical placements to all pre registration learners in nursing within the Trust. In addition the post holder will work closely with Higher Education Institutes and NHS England to meet educational contract requirements.

This role is suitable for someone who is passionate about our future NHS staff, education and really making a difference for all students.

***Preference will be given to internal Trust staff, as well as 'Priority' and 'At Risk' status including NHS At Risk staff throughout Devon who are able to display recent relevant experience as dictated by the Person Specification.***

Main duties of the job

The Clinical Placement Quality Lead will ensure that healthcare students, pre-registration, have a positive experience which supports their learning in practice.

The role will provide operational management of the Trust Clinical Placement Team Educators.

The role will ensure that the Trust placement capacity and allocation is matched to the demand of trainees which are needed to ensure a supply of high-quality staff in different roles to deliver the highest quality care for our patients.

Produce quarterly reports on placement activity, including audits, monitor performance against agreed Key Performance Indicators

About us

We are a people business - where every member of staff matters and can make a difference. Patients are at the heart of everything we do. Joining University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust means becoming part of a team of dedicated staff, who are committed to leading the way through innovation, clinical excellence and great customer care. The Trust has great opportunities for career development in a highly progressive working environment. We offer all of this in a vibrant, modern city with a historic reputation for adventure. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL COMMUNICATION WILL BE ELECTRONIC, PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAIL ACCOUNT REGULARLY. If you have any issues with applying online and need additional support including reasonable adjustments with the application process please contact the recruitment team on 01752 432100. We recognise that work life balance is important for our colleagues and so we invite requests from applicants around less than full time/flexible working for our advertised roles. Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss this prior to your application submission. We commit to giving this full consideration in each case. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for our roles, as diversity strengthens our teams. It is sometimes necessary to close vacancies before the closing date. If you have not heard from us within 4 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To actively work with HEIs in curriculum development, lead on and advise the Trust on NMC, changes within education.

Oversee placement allocation, capacity and quality through effective management of the placement team, taking action to improve where necessary.

Lead on quality assurance, monitoring clinical placement areas and ensuring clinical education audits are in place for each clinical area, working closely with all HEIs to deliver this.

To lead the development of healthcare students placements, working in partnership with Health Education and relevant HEIs

Lead the recruitment for the Nursing Associate and Nurse Degree programmes.

To ensure assessors and supervisors of pre-registration learners abide by NMC/HPC professionals standards of education and provide assurance that clinical placements across the organisation complies with contractual agreements.

To operate the processes and performance in relation to:

Pre-registration Nursing allocation, database monitoring and compliance

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship (RNDA) placement capacity, allocation, compliance

Trainee Nursing Associate (TNA) placement capacity, allocation and compliance

To ensure placements are of high quality and to work actively with placement providers. Visiting placements regularly to support educators and placement leads.

To ensure compliance with the CQC outcomes in education and training provided for clinical staff

Manage the Supervisor/Assessor register for the organisation.

An authority on best practice advice and guidance to supervisors, assessors, educators and placement managers in relation to clinical practice and governance in the context of student competence and practice

Support the Trust education governance requirements attending and participating in relevant meetings.

Manage and resolve any concerns raised by students and or placement leads / supervisors/assessors as agreed with the Associate Director of Nursing of Education and Digital and HEIs. Escalate as appropriate / necessary.

Lead on and participate the co-ordination of external reviews/inspections in relation to education and practice

Lead on the monitoring of quality assurance, of education, training and development through the feedback from learners, HEIs and other mechanisms and act upon any issues identified, working with senior nurses, professional leads and relevant others to address areas for concern

Develop and maintain own competence in appropriate/specific clinical skills/professional knowledge and competence in accordance with the NMC The Code

Line management responsibility for the Clinical Placement Educators, including work allocation, recruitment, performance management, supervision, appraisal and sickness absence management

Manage own workload independently and prioritizing as required

Work closely with HEIs and other education providers to facilitate changes in pre-registration education programs that support the Trusts strategy requirements and the needs of the workforce

Lead on the placement provision for Return to Practice students working with HEIs to ensure that the candidates are appropriate and fit to rejoin the register

To liaise with the deputy lead for education and finance team in relation to the Learning and Development Agreement placement tariff

To promote educational excellence for nurses through role modelling

To initiate and influence policy development within the Trust, ensuring the review of any nursing policy as appropriate and working with the policy holder to implement any actions

To support the Trust in the delivery of the Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship and Nursing Associate roles.

Provide pastoral support to learners, supervisors and assessors and where necessary liaise with HEIs.

Person Specification



  • Current NMC Professional Registration
  • First degree or proven evidence of studying at this level
  • Leadership and management qualification or demonstrable experience
  • Post graduate certificate in education qualification (e.g., postgraduate Cert/Dip)


  • Post Graduate Certificate in Leadership

Knowledge and Experience


  • Demonstrable Experience of working in an Acute National Health Service provider unit
  • Demonstrable Experience in supporting students in placement
  • Demonstrable Experience in training delivery to a diverse range of adults
  • Demonstrable Experience of developing and presenting comprehensive reports

Aptititude and abilities


  • Enhanced interpersonal skills to handle group facilitation, 1:1 coaching and supporting challenging situations
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Proven Evidence of some strategic working both locally and national
  • Proven Evidence of engagement with groups both for regional and national initiatives

Employer details

Employer name

University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust


University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust



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