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Safe Learning Environment Partner - Band 8a

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucester, Cheltenham
£50,952 to £57,349 a year pa
Closing date
22 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 8A
Full Time
As Safe Learning Environment Partner, the post holder will be responsible for coordinating and embedding the NHS England Safe Learning Environment Charter (SLEC) and all the underlying principles within Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

The objective is to strengthen the workforce by advancing high-quality learning environments, reducing learner attrition, and improving retention of qualified staff. The post holder will work collaboratively with medical and non-medical colleagues within the organisation to ingrain the charter across all learning environments and all professions within them. This will provide the supportive learning environment required across all professions to allow learners to become well-rounded professionals with the right skills and knowledge to provide safe and compassionate care of the highest quality. As well as being embedded into Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the post holder will build strong relationships within the Integrated Care System (ICS), Higher education Institute (HEI) partners and colleagues regionally through the South West SLEC network sharing information and best practice as necessary.

Close working with the Education, Learning and Development Service, People Promise Partner, Project Management, Post Graduate Medical Education, Undergrad Medical Education and the Associate Director for Education, Learning and Culture to form part of our Trust wide Cultural Improvement.

Main duties of the job

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Develop a robust project plan to ensure the co-ordination and embedding of the SLEC into the organisation by working closely with colleagues to identify all activity and interventions already taking place within the organisation relating to the SLEC charter priorities. A maturity matrix self-assessment tool is provided to assist the postholder in identifying any gaps in SLEC delivery.

Work closely with stakeholders within the organisation and partner HEIs to identify suitable actions and interventions to fill any gaps in delivery of SLEC.

Develop and monitor progress towards robust metrics (qualitative and quantitative) to ensure delivery of all aspects of SLEC interventions.

Report on progress towards the identified project plan and metrics to the Education, Learning and Development Steering Group and thus to People & OD Delivery Group.

Collaborate with colleagues across all professions to ensure feedback, insight and evidence gained is used to improve and standardise learner experience throughout the organisation. This includes but is not limited to the analysis and sharing of National Education and Training Survey (NETS) data, the identification and use of existing resources, and areas of good practice already available.

Work closely with NHS England South West Workforce, Training and Education Directorate, and the South West SLEC network, sharing learning to improve learning environments, reduce learner attrition, improve retention.

About us

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest employer in the county and with over 8,000 staff, we are one of the largest NHS trusts in the UK. We offer a generous annual leave allowance, excellent bank rates, access to the excellent NHS Pension Scheme, discounts for local shops, restaurants and services, access to our health and well-being hub, access to our two on-site nurseries, flexible working options, discounted public transport, reward and recognition schemes, exercise and activity classes and membership to our popular hospital choir.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The post holder will be accountable for the following:

Improving quality and outcomes

Develop a robust project plan to co-ordinate and manage the embedding of all aspects of the NHSE Safe Learning Environment Charter into the organisation thereby improving learning environments, reduce learner attrition, and improve retention of newly qualified staff

Promoting equality and reducing inequalitiesEquality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) is the Golden Thread that runs through the SLEC Charter

Proactively engaging the equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) subject matter expert to ensure all aspects of EDI are responded to in any SLEC activities.

All SLEC activities must be routinely reviewed to ensure they are inclusive, accessible and that diversity is valued throughout.

Ensuring relevant research, evidence, and examples of positive practice in this area are shared widely, fully understood, and applied.Partnership and cross boundary workingAdoption of sophisticated matrix working across the organisation, the ICS, and regionally to develop and sustain cohesive, productive, and sustainable relationships.

Leadership for transformational change

Modelling and influencing positive transformation - negotiating with others to achieve the best outcomes for learners and those supporting learners and learning environments within the organisation.

Working collaboratively in a friendly compassionate manner.

Acting as an enabler for team cohesion - sharing thoughts and ideas that contribute to sense of belonging and of team.

Behaving and modelling the values set out in the NHS People Plan, Long Term Workforce Plan, NHS People Promise and SLEC, and proactively engaging others in these behaviours.

Use insight and evidence for improvement and every opportunity to maximise learning and actions. Where there is a lack of evidence seek to support its development.

Adopting and promoting improvement methodology at all times.

Communication, engagement and working relationships

Establish and maintain positive, effective interpersonal relationships with other staff members characterised by trust, mutual respect, and open, honest communication.

Operate effectively in a flexible and demanding environment and proactively engage with key stakeholders.

Communicate and provide reports and information to a wide range of internal and external stakeholders. (verbal, written and numerical).

Deal with potentially antagonistic situations as required.

Nurture key relationships and maintain networks internally and externally.

Ensure close liaison with the Communications team on marketing activities.

Apply a structured change management approach and methodology in relation to change management.

Physical, Mental & Emotional Effort & Working ConditionsProvide a focal point for contact and consultation with internal and external stakeholders.

Provide comprehensive reports which seek to influence and shape practice.

Work in a complex, changing and challenging environment.

Work to tight deadlines, balancing multiple priorities.

Frequently use Display screen equipment (DSE) on a daily basis.

Driving / travelling may be required which will be mostly within Gloucestershire but occasionally may be outside of Trust County boundaries.

Most challenging part of the jobManaging programme implementation and realisation, within limited resources and to tight deadlines in a constantly changing and challenging environment.

Being responsible for leading, directing and co-ordinating the input of stakeholders alongside, rather than within, the formal line management structure.

Daily prioritising workload based on ever changing pressures.

Influencing stakeholders to prioritise the key elements of SLEC ensuring the relationship between the SLEC and making GHFT a great place to work is clear and embedded in the way the Trust operates and provides care.

Person Specification



  • Active professional registration with the Health Care Professionals Council (HCPC), NMC, GMC or other relevant professional registering bodies
  • Educated to Master's level or equivalent level of experience of working at a senior level in specialist area.
  • Evidence of continuing professional development.


  • Post Graduate Qualification within the specialism of education



  • Extensive experience and knowledge in supporting placement learning, and ability to implement and evaluate initiatives to continually improve the provision of high-quality Education, Learning & Development activity
  • Experience of analysing data/feedback/evaluations and identifying necessary actions and interventions


  • Comprehensive experience of project principles techniques and tools such as Prince 2 and Managing Successful Projects.
  • Experience of identifying and interpreting national policy/guidelines/plans

Knowledge / Skills


  • Excellent knowledge of the Safe Learning Environment Charter, the NHS People Plan, Long Term Workforce Plan, and NHS People Promise
  • Demonstrates a strong desire to improve performance and make a difference by focusing on goals.
  • Must be able to provide and receive highly complex, sensitive or contentious information, negotiate with senior stakeholders on difficult and controversial issues, and present complex and sensitive information to large and influential groups.
  • Must be able to use initiative to decide relevant actions and make recommendations with the aim of improving deliverables and compliance to policies
  • Able to make a connection between their work and the benefit to patients, staff and the public.

Employer details

Employer name

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust



Gloucester, Cheltenham


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