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Practice Educator - Emergency Department

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
£35,392 to £42,618 a year PA
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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Other Health Profession
Band 6
Contract Type
Part Time
An exciting opportunity has arisen in the Emergency Department for a Practice Educator, working alongside the Practice Development Nurse.

The roles will be supporting adult and paediatric nurses working in the Emergency Department.

Applications for both full and part time positions, may be considered with ability to undertake hours either as management time or clinically to support the Emergency Department please discuss at interview.

The ED at Luton is a busy fast paced environment seeing a wide range of patient groups presenting with a variety of presentations from acute trauma to medical and surgical emergencies.

Supporting our nurses in practice bridging their knowledge and skills gap to help them reach their clinical potential while supporting them pastorally will improve staff retention, patient care and also give you an immense sense of job satisfaction.

Main duties of the job

To develop and deliver clinical skills and vocational training programmes for multi-professional audiences in support of identified training needs to support the delivery of learning within the Emergency Department (ED) in conjunction with the Emergency Department Practice Development Nurse (PDN).

To work alongside ED nursing staff in clinical areas, offering 1:1 clinical teaching with guidance and supervision.

To actively promote patient safety and, through the facilitation of training programmes, departmental teaching or coaching ensure that learning reflects improvements to the patient experience. To manage the process of assessment of clinical skills, ensuring that competency data is collected, maintained and reported on a quarterly basis to the divisional Matron via the Emergency Department PDN.

The expectation is that this role will be based in a clinical area.

About us

Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to a growing population of around 700,000 people living across Bedfordshire and the surrounding areas across two busy hospital sites in Bedford and Luton. Both hospital sites offer key services such as A& E, Obstetrics-led Maternity and Paediatrics.

You will be joining a friendly, high performing Trust committed to ensuring the health and wellbeing of staff. As one of the largest NHS Trusts in our region you will have access to a programme of high quality training and development to help you grow your career.

We have state-of-the art facilities placing us at the heart of cutting edge health care. The Trust continues to be committed to delivering the best patient care using the best clinical knowledge and technology available.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date when sufficient number of applications have been received. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

All new staff will be subject to a probationary period covering their first six months in post. Travel between hospital sites may be required.

Please review all documents attached to this advert to ensure you familiarise yourself with all requirements of the job.

Job description

Job responsibilities

See Job Description attached

Clinical Skills Training
  • To deliver agreed training programmes for clinical practice in support of the Trusts Development Strategy ensuring that the programmes are updated evidence based and that the process for assessed practice is monitored.
  • To provide on-going support and assessment of clinical skills such as those requiring competency sign off in the practice areas ensuring the assessment documentation is completed to the expected standard creating an atmosphere conducive to learning i.e. Preceptorship Handbook, Care certificate, Apprenticeship course.
  • To actively encourage and participate in sharing good practice throughout the Emergency Department with multi-professional staff.
  • To contribute to the training needs analysis of each clinical area in liaison with Emergency Department PDN.
  • In liaison with Emergency Department PDN develop and facilitate new clinical skills training programmes and to design competency based training programmes where they do not exist to meet those needs.
  • To contribute to the quality control aspects of Education ensuring that the standards required of the Educational governance from the Health Education East of England are maintained.
  • To deliver training on new clinical equipment in each area.
  • To support the newly qualified nurses at the Trust throughout the preceptorship period and assist in the delivery of the preceptorship competency programme.
  • To support Training nurse associate, Nurse associate, health care assistants and technicians.

  • Managerial Responsibilities
  • To take part in sharing good practice days for multi-professional staff, raising awareness of development opportunities throughout the Trust.
  • To participate in recruitment and selection of staff for Student Nurses, Return to Practice students as and when appropriate.
  • To be actively involved in promoting good communication between wards/departments.

  • Education, Training and Development of Staff
  • To support the ongoing Trust programmes, including the corporate and local induction programme for both registered and unregistered staff.
  • To provide workshops for nursing staff and students to update their practice or learn new skills.
  • To provide approved training programmes using appropriate handouts and presentations and to continually review and develop training methods using the latest research.
  • To ensure own knowledge base is up to date and evidence based.
  • Ensure that procedures for extending the role of the nurse and scope of professional practice are implemented and revised regularly.

  • Professional and Legal Responsibilities
  • To develop the role of clinical expert in providing care and advice on related problems and to take responsibility for own professional development, undertaking appropriate activities to update clinical knowledge and skills.
  • Promote awareness and compliance amongst colleagues regarding Trust policies, procedures, guidelines and standards.
  • Uphold the principles of the NMC Code of Professional conduct.
  • Comply at all times with regulations issued by the Trust especially those governing health and safety at work and to ensure that any defects which may affect staff or patient safety at work are brought to the attention of the appropriate Manager.

  • Care and Compassion

    The post holder must be able to actively demonstrate and proactively deliver effective and personal care, which is safe for the patients, in a calm and compassionate manner to every patient, every time. This should be at the core of all planning that actively involves the patient and where appropriate, their relatives /carers. With the ability to escalate areas of inter-professional and multiagency care concerns to the ward manager, Matron or Deputy/Head Nurse in a timely manner.

    NB: This job may involve the manual handling of heavy loads, for which training will be given. If there is any reason why you should not do this, it is your responsibility to inform your manager immediately.

    Person Specification



    • NMC registered
    • MSPP or equivalent
    • Safeguarding level 3


    • ALS/EPALS instructor



    • The relevant ED experience
    • Has worked as a band 6
    • Experience of mentoring or supervising staff


    • Experience of variety of teaching methods
    • Has taken part in audit



    • Understanding of the need of confidentiality awareness at all times.
    • Evidence and awareness of customer care


    • People Management
    • Knowledge of In Phase



    • Broad range of clinical skills with recent clinical experience.
    • Can lead by example and challenge bad practice.
    • Excellent written communication skills


    • Experience of change management
    • The ability to develop learning and action plans

    personal skill


    • Examples of ability to work as part of a team
    • Enthusiastic application demonstration that they are a change agent.
    • Committed to own and others personal and professional development

    Employer details

    Employer name

    Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust


    Luton and Dunstable Hospital

    Lewsey Road


    LU4 0DZ

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