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Lead Nurse for Clinical Apprenticeships

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
£50,952 to £57,349 a year p.a. pro rata
Closing date
23 May 2024

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Band 8A
Full Time
We are seeking a highly motivated Registered Nurse to come and be part of our clinical education leadership team. This post is for an initial 12 month period as a secondment or fixed term post with a view to becoming a permanent.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop staff and our local community to access education and learning through an apprenticeship route, and to develop your leadership skills by providing inspirational leadership and strategic direction across our non-medical clinical apprenticeship provision. Working with colleagues from across the Clinical Education Team, divisions and workforce directorate colleagues you will lead the team responsible for driving continued provision and expansion of our nursing apprenticeship programmes enabling staff to acquire knowledge, skills and behaviours to successfully complete their apprenticeship journey to professional registration and promotion.

Working with the Head of Non-Medical Education you will be responsible for leading all aspects of non-medical apprenticeship education delivery, governance and working closely with our HEI partners in order to ensure that our apprentices have a excellent learning experience throughout the duration of their apprenticeship.

Main duties of the job

To act as strategic lead for the development of all non-medical clinical apprenticeships, monitoring progress and ensuring quality governance processes are in place

Ensure that the nursing and AHP education teams are active in cross organisational projects and initiatives aimed at improving the quality, coordination and delivery of clinical education apprenticeship programmes under the direction of the Head of Non-Medical Education.

To work closely with Nursing Apprenticeship Pathways Team, Apprenticeship Programme Manager and other Workforce Development colleagues to ensure apprentices are appropriately placed within divisions

Support the divisional teams and Head of Non-Medical Education to review pre-registration needs of the nursing and AHP workforce

With support from the Head of Non-Medical Education, lead the development of a strategic plan for nursing and AHP education, including new routes into professions and innovative options for education provision to maximise utilisation of the apprenticeship levy

To lead on the implementation of clinical nursing and AHP apprenticeship programmes, from attraction, on-boarding and recruitment, ensuring adequate pipeline of eligible applicants to undertake and complete level 5 & 6 apprenticeships

About us

Come Nurse with us...

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest teaching Trusts in the country. It comprises Addenbrooke's Hospital and the Rosie Hospital. We provide accessible high-quality healthcare for the local people of Cambridge and regional and national specialist services. It's a great place to nurse, work and live.

You will work on a vibrant hospital campus with a friendly community feel we have excellent facilities to practise your skills and abilities to support your career pathway and development. Our values ofTogether - Safe, Kind, Excellentsupport the delivery of outstanding care. We have a fully electronic patient record system that is improving health-care quality this is transforming services, improving patient safety and clinical outcomes.

CUH is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves. We value our differences and fully advocate and support an inclusive working environment where every individual can fulfil their potential. We want to ensure our people are truly representative of all the communities that we serve. We welcome applications for all positions in the organisation irrespective of people's age, disability, ethnicity, race, nationality, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, religion or belief, marriage and civil partnership status, or pregnancy and maternity status or social economic background.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please see the attached Applicant Information Pack (combined Job Description and Person Specification) for key duties and responsibilities.

Please note:- Internal applicants on permanent contracts can only apply for this post as a secondment and must have the approval of your current line manager before applying.

Closing date is midnight on 23 May 2024

Interviews are due to be held on 3 June 2024

Why choose Cambridge University Hospitals?
  • Our values and reputation for outstanding care
  • Opportunities to experience a range of specialities
  • Career and development opportunities
  • Preceptorship and mentoring programmes delivered by a dedicated clinical education support team
  • Research experience and opportunities
  • Lovely location and quality of life
  • Excellent schools/colleges and transport links (road, rail and air)

Benefits to you

We offer development opportunities and a wide range of benefits including on-site leisure facilities, shopping concourse, day nurseries and access to a great transport system with easy access to airports and rail travel.

Please note if you would like to discuss the required hours of this role further, you should approach the contact given. In some cases alternative working hours will be considered.

We welcome applications from the Armed Forces.

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse
  • Degree in Health/Education
  • PG Certificate in Education or equivalent experience
  • Master's Degree or significant evidence of study completed at Master's Level
  • Teaching/mentoring qualification
  • Evidence of commitment to professional continuous development


  • Advanced communication skills
  • Project Management Qualification

Experience / Knowledge


  • Professional, clinical and education knowledge, theory and experience
  • Managerial experience
  • Workforce planning and development of new clinical/patient facing workforce roles.
  • Evidence of some strategic working both locally and at national level.
  • Evidence of strategic working with other NHS organisations/sectors
  • Evidence of the national NHS Agenda and factors influencing nurse education.
  • Experience of working in the NHS or a large, complex, fast moving organisation
  • Experience of managing and developing successful and effective teams.
  • Evidence of developing and presenting comprehensive reports.
  • Evidence of successfully implementing service change.
  • Experience of working to deadlines and delivering targets.


  • Practical experience of policy development
  • Audit or research experience
  • Budget management



  • Advanced communication skills, both written and oral
  • Developed clinical skills and educational skills.
  • Effective communicator with proven ability to influence all levels of staff
  • Strong negotiating skills, sometimes in conflicting situations.
  • Proven clinical leadership and team leading skills
  • Excellent project management skills, able to plan, deliver to timescales, communicate, manage expectations, report progress plans
  • Presentation skills
  • Able to respond to change and apply themselves to development in practice.
  • Able to establish collaborative working relationships with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders
  • Proven ability to manage and progress own professional development.


  • Experience at a senior level in an acute health trust

Additonal Requirements


  • Highly motivated
  • Committed to continuous service development and quality improvement
  • Ability to work under pressure to meet deadlines and targets
  • Reliable and supportive
  • Ability to synthesise information, consider and evaluate risks and options when making difficult decisions
  • Ability to work flexibly to meet the needs of the service
  • Ability to travel to other sites
  • The ability to understand and behave at all times, towards patients, visitors and colleagues according to the Trust values of safe, kind, excellent.

Employer details

Employer name

Cambridge University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust


Addenbrookes Hospital-Corporate

Hills Road



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