Professional Nurse Educator (Mental Health)

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum pro rata
Closing date
5 Jul 2022

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Band 7
Full Time
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We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic registered mental health nurse to the position of Professional Nurse Educator for staff within our adult and child eating disorder services, with a significant focus on advancing inpatient nursing practice and education within the Trust. The desired candidate will be able to demonstrate their professionalism and innovative attitude to challenges in the workplace and have a commitment to empowering others.

The ideal candidate will be able to work autonomously and within a team, whilst demonstrating excellent leadership skills. They will also have a strong clinical background within their area of nursing, as well as a range of clinical and practice experience within NHS services. Additionally, you will demonstrate great interpersonal skills with the ability to engage, support and motivate staff of all levels, including but not limited to student nurses, health care assistants, nursing associates and all nursing staff, enabling them to achieve their professional development whilst feeling supported and valued. Ideally, we are looking for an experienced nurse who is passionate about the development of others and keen to enhance their skills and knowledge in support and staff development.

Main duties of the job

This post is a senior nursing leadership role within Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust with a significant focus on advancing inpatient nursing practice & education within the Trust.

The overarching aim of the Professional Nurse Educator (PNE) is to facilitate and support the clinical, professional, and educational development of mental health nursing workforce colleagues (including but not limited to registered nurses, student nurses and healthcare support workers) on either The Phoenix or S3 Ward.

The post holder will be responsible for the development, delivery, and evaluation of a programme of clinically relevant practice education to support the professional development of the mental health nursing team, with a specific focus on enabling the delivery of high-quality patient/person centred care that is grounded in evidence-based practice and underpinned by national, organisational and trust objectives, guidelines, and policies. The post holder will provide expert knowledge and clinical leadership to the clinical team, facilitating the application of theory to practice within a designated clinical setting. The post holder will be responsible for the leadership of new practice initiatives that enhance patient care and experience and facilitate patient pathways throughout the psychiatric in patient stay.

About us

Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust is a health & social care organisation dedicated to providing high quality care with compassion to improve the health & wellbeing of the people we care for, as well as supporting & empowering them to lead a fulfilling life.

Our clinical teams deliver many NHS services not only via inpatient and primary care setting but also with the community. These services include Children, Adult & Older Peoples mental & physical health, Forensic & Specialist mental health, Learning Disabilities, Primary Care & Liaison psychiatry, Substance misuse, Social care, Research & Development.

To achieve our goal, we look to recruit high calibre candidates that share our vision & values. As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from all sectors of the community, particularly from under-represented groups including disabled people & members of our ethnic minorities & LGBTQ+ communities.

CPFT encourages and supports vaccination uptake, as this remains the best line of defence against Covid-19

Job description Job responsibilities

Please refer to the attached job description and person specification for full details of responsibilities
  • Lead by example, acting as a role model to others by demonstrating effective professional attitudes and behaviours
  • Act as an expert nurse demonstrating advanced knowledge and skills, clinical reasoning and decision making for patients admitted to inpatient services.
  • At all times promote and safeguard the interests and wellbeing of patients, relatives, and staff
  • Collaborate with colleagues to review and evaluate existing clinical practice training and development programmes and develop new training initiatives
  • Organise and provide high quality evidence-based clinical and theoretical educational and training programmes in response to identified training needs analysis
  • Provide a bespoke/structured in-house education and training programme to enable staff to meet the on-going needs of the patient and their family
  • Support the development of clinical competence across the nursing workforce, including (but not limited to) registered nurses, nursing students and healthcare support workers
  • Facilitate and deliver learning through a blended approach using quality assured materials to support individual learning needs and styles
  • Facilitate staff to assess their skills, knowledge, attitude, attributes, and abilities against a role specific clinical competency framework and assist in the development and implementation of effective personal development plans in conjunction with their line manager (as required).
  • Ensure that all clinical training and development programmes meet current curriculum requirements and professional standards of nursing practice
  • Encourage a supportive learning culture where nursing staff can maximise opportunities to develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes related to professional development and Nurse registration and revalidation
  • Work in collaboration with others involved in education, clinical practice and academia, in order to adapt/change and inform programme development.
  • Report performance concerns to the appropriate senior manager

Person Specification Education / Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse with highly developed specialist knowledge, underpinned by theory and experience.
  • Educated to master's level or equivalent level of experience
  • Evidence of recent Continuing Professional Development
  • Audit and research skills
  • Advanced Practice qualification
  • Post graduate qualification in teaching/practice education (or working towards)
Experience Essential
  • Experience of delivering training/development programmes
  • Awareness of national strategic professional nursing issues and key NHS policy drivers
  • Experience supporting staff
  • Introduction of change into the work environment
  • Experience of designing/developing and evaluating development programmes
Knowledge and Skills Essential
  • Knowledge of Mental health services within CPFT
  • Demonstrate knowledge of management of people and resources
  • Knowledge of key frameworks in national guidelines and NMC standards
  • Effective communication skills both verbally and written including IT literacy
  • Evidence of excellent verbal and written communication and organisational skills
Personal Qualities Essential
  • Effective leadership qualities
  • Effective interpersonal communication with all stakeholders
  • Ability to use own initiatives
  • Respond professionally and compassionately whilst under pressure
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
Other Essential
  • To be able to travel across county to various Trust sites at times if necessary
  • Willingness to embrace new ways of working
  • Flexibility in approach and attitude
  • Ability to be proactive and challenge poor practice and behaviours

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