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Breast Screening Practice Educator

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£51,488 to £57,802 per annum inc HCAS
Closing date
28 May 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 7
Full Time
This exciting new role will provide dedicated clinical and educational support to staff within the South East London Breast Screening Programme. Whilst the primary focus will be on supporting colleagues enrolled on mammography apprenticeship and post-graduate mammography courses, the post holder will also provide educational support to wider team members according to the needs of the service.

As an HCPC registered radiographer holding the UK post-graduate mammography certificate, you will use your mentorship experience to encourage colleagues, helping them to meet their individual learning and development needs. By providing a greater access to high quality training and development, you will be helping colleagues identify opportunities available to them, so improving staff motivation.

You will retain a clinical component to your role, spending time each week performing mammography within the breast screening, breast assessment and symptomatic clinics. Whilst the clinical component will be largely undertaken within the main hospital site, you will also be expected to work on each of the breast screening static sites and mobile vans that cover the South East London Breast Screening Programme area.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will lead the educational and development needs of radiographic Breast Screening staff. Responsibilities may include: sourcing funding streams, exploring appropriate courses, assisting colleagues with course applications, planning, setting and reviewing staff development plans, maintaining accurate training records and producing reports.You will act as a mentor to colleagues enrolled on mammography courses, working closely with the departmental clinical trainers and management team to ensure the individual developmental needs of each learner are met. You will meet regularly with each learner to review their progress, provide necessary clinical support, and to set new learning objectives.You will be an accredited Practice Educator with the College of Radiographers, or if you do not hold this accreditation, you will undertake a relevant post-graduate practice education module upon commencing the role.

About us

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK's largest and busiest teaching Trusts with a turnover of c�1 billion, 1.5 million patient contacts a year and more than 15,000 staff based across South East London. The Trust provides a full range of local and specialist services across its five sites. The trust-wide strategy of Strong Roots, Global Reachis our Vision to be BOLD, Brilliant people, Outstanding care, Leaders in Research, Innovation and Education, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion at the heart of everything we do. By being person-centred, digitally-enabled, and focused on sustainability, we aim to take Team King's to another level.

We are at a pivotal point in our history and we require individuals who are ready to join a highly professional team and make a real, lasting difference to our patients and our people.

King's is committed to delivering Sustainable Healthcare for All via our Green Plan. In line with national Greener NHS ambitions, we have set net zero carbon targets of 2040 for our NHS Carbon Footprint and 2045 for our NHS Carbon Footprint Plus. Everyone's contribution is required in order to meet the goals set out in our Green Plan and we encourage all staff to work responsibly, minimising their contributions to the Trust's carbon emissions, waste and pollution wherever possible

Job description

Job responsibilities


To be a clinical expert in mammography and breast imaging and to work with staff in clinical practice to promote the acquisition of new skills and knowledge. The post holder will spend a minimum of three days a week in the clinical area (subject to service and training needs).

To lead and develop education and training for Breast Screening staff at Kings College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust by planning and providing clinical skills training to radiographic staff.

To maintain accurate and up to date training records and to produce reports from this data for managers within South East London Breast Screening Programme.

To demonstrate clinical leadership and act as a role model at all times.

To reduce clinical risk and promote client safety through the development of educational programmes, assessment of clinical skills and clinical competencies of all allocated learners.

To support senior leadership in implementing the Trust procedure for managing staff performance.

To be responsible for the clinical supervision and development of radiographic / associate and assistant practitioner or learners in conjunction with the teams senior leadership.

To work autonomously and manage own workload at all times.

To be responsible for guiding, reviewing and supporting the development of the professional and educational needs of radiographic learners across the department.

In conjunction with department leads, monitor the services educational & course requirements and all necessary planning, negotiation and commissioning processes.

To be responsible for educational funding applications for radiographic / associate practitioner learners and coordinating the applications.

To contribute to the development of clinical practice policies and evidence based practice as appropriate.

To create and maintain a suitable and acceptable learning environment within the breast screening sites.

When clinically based ensure the maintenance of a safe clinical environment conducive to client care.

Act as client advocate in line with Trust core values.

Clinical Responsibilities

To demonstrate clinical expertise and credibility in practice for at least 60% (three days) of time in the clinical areas and work autonomously when required (subject to service and training needs).

To be responsible for the assessment of learner needs, to develop, implement and evaluate plans of training, working to agreed standards and ensure others are supported to achieve the required standards.

To be actively involved in the assessment and review of clinical skills and competencies.

To undertake all breast screening procedures in accordance with Trust policies and ensure that these procedures and policies are understood and adhered to by all staff when supporting staff in clinical areas.

Maintain and ensure clear and effective communication with clients and wider clinical team is established. When dealing with difficult situations, ensure empathy and reassurance during the assessment, care and evaluation of clients needs.

To ensure accurate and comprehensive client records are maintained using appropriate documentation.

To establish effective working relations with all members of the multidisciplinary team to promote good communication and a multi-disciplinary approach to client care.

To assist in the audit of the care standards, advise and recommend improvement as required. To act as an external assessor for any benchmarking tools being used in the clinical areas where necessary. To act as a member of a working party in the development of any new benchmarks where necessary. Provide training if required to facilitate the action plans as required.

To participate in enabling and monitoring qualified radiographic staff to achieve a clinical portfolio of competency based skills that reflect the needs of the clinical areas within South East London Breast Screening Programme. Maintain and monitor records of this information.

To encourage and foster a culture which supports learning including from adverse or untoward events and to provide relevant training and support.

Responsibility for clients

To always behave in a manner that is professional, positive and polite.

To be aware of current developments in mammography, the Health Service and relevant specialist clinical practices.

To be responsible for their own professional development and participate in own Performance and Development planning.

Responsibility for policy development and education

To assist senior leadership in establishing an environment which is conducive for learning for all grades of staff within the breast screening service allowing staff to develop to their full potential.

To ensure there is a local teaching programme for the clinical areas that is forward planned to facilitate learning within the clinical areas and to address relevant teaching and training needs.

To be responsible for ensuring trainee staff, under your remit, attend mandatory training and receive continuing development and appropriate education and maintaining accurate records of training.

To plan and facilitate the teaching and clinical assessment of post registration radiographers / associate practitioners in the clinical area in conjunction with the service leadership team.

To assist in implementing new or updated clinical practices, guidelines and policies.

To develop educational opportunities in conjunction with the pan London breast screening pilot training programme.

To be responsible for addressing and resolving course funding issues with relevant department links.

To monitor and maintain accurate records of course uptake and outcome of learners results. To refer staff who fail or are unable to complete courses to senior leaders for further action.

To ensure clinical competencies are used effectively. Update and further develop such competencies in line with service needs. This may include advanced practice skills for relevant staff in addition to entry level training.

Develop and maintain orientation packages for new staff and be responsible for their orientation to the breast screening service.

Responsibility for leading and managing

In conjunction with senior leadership, to be involved in the selection, recruitment and retention of learners.

To plan, organise and orientate staff on induction and assist staff in working towards their professional objectives, competencies and knowledge and skills framework.

To liaise with other London breast screening service staff and departments to promote and maintain effective working relationships, ensuring high standards of care and service.

To ensure that there are effective communication systems in place to allow staff to keep abreast of developments in the organisation, and the NHS breast screening programme.

In conjunction with senior leadership, support them in the assessment and supervision of staff performance when initiating the Trust Performance and Conduct Procedure.

Review and evaluate policies and procedures in collaboration with clinical and managerial staff.

To act as an effective role model in ensuring a high standard of care is maintained at all times and to organise own workload.

To act as an effective mentor and preceptor and also support other staff in performing this role.

To participate in the appraisal of trainee staff in liaison with their line management.

To promote team working across South East London Breast Screening Programme.

To act as a resource, supporting and motivating staff members.

To keep abreast of and participate in local and Trust initiatives and promotion of these within the team.

Responsibility for information resources

To be responsible for ensuring confidentiality and safekeeping of clients records.

To ensure that clients records are accurate and updated with strict adherence to Trust procedures.

Responsibility for research of development

To be aware of the research process and current trends.

In collaboration with the senior leadership team, audit agreed clinical guidelines of practice, policies and benchmarks within the South East London Breast Screening Programme .

Person Specification

Education and Qualifications


  • HCPC registered radiographer
  • BSc (hons) Diagnostic Radiography (or equivalent)
  • UK Post graduate award in Mammography
  • Post-graduate Practice Educator qualification or equivalent


  • Post graduate Masters level qualification in Radiography or equivalent experience.

Knowledge and Experience


  • Experience in supervision and training of less experienced radiographers, students and departmental staff

Employer details

Employer name

King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Denmark Hill



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