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Practice Development Nurse

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 to £45,839 a year per annum
Closing date
12 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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Situated on the outskirts of the popular seaside resort of Blackpool just off junction 4 of the M55 with quick and easy motorway links to the rest of Lancashire and The South Lakes The Harbour is the Trusts flagship mental health inpatient unit. Officially opened in 2015 the unit is a state of the art building from which a high quality, holistic and needs led service is delivered.

In total there are 154 beds across 10 wards and four different specialities (Dementia, Older Adult Functional, Adult Functional and PICU). The unit will also soon have a newly improved Section 136 Suite.

Parking at The Harbour is free and there is a range of high quality food served between 9am and 4pm daily from our on-site Caf which is open to both staff and patients.

Our staff receive:
  • Preceptorship and support for those new to the services
  • Access to salary sacrifice schemes for cars, electronics etc.
  • Excellent support and Wellbeing services
  • Superb internal & external training and development opportunities
  • Opportunities to develop leadership skills across differing care environments

Main duties of the job

Applications are invited from experienced and self-motivated qualified nurses with leadership qualities and a passion for developing staff of all grades and from a variety of differing health professions.

The post is to support clinicians and managers in developing quality mental health services that reflect contemporary practice and complement the aspirations of national guidance and local health improvement programmes, whilst meeting the Trusts Clinical Governance agenda.

To lead and support practice development initiatives prioritised in inpatient services as required to facilitate the delivery of evidence based high quality care.

To take a lead on the internal Preceptorship Programme, planning and delivering training to help our newly qualified nurses make the transition from student to registered professional smoothly.

To develop systems of benchmarking, audit and evaluation in order to measure and monitor standards of practice as part of the inpatient clinical governance team.

All applicants must have an interest and skills in developing others and some experience of teaching or presenting to others would be advantageous.

For further information contact:

Michael Huitson - Interim Head of Nursing and Professional Development -

Steve Bracewell - Practice Development Nurse - 07581 288118 or

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT.

Job description Job responsibilities

For more details on this vacancy please review the attached job description and person specification.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Registered Mental Health Nurse
  • Master's Degree in a relevant subject area or equivalent knowledge and experience.
  • Considerable evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • Experience of project management
  • Experience of undertaking audit, research and quality improvement
  • An ability to teach in clinical and classroom settings
  • Working knowledge and understanding of the principles and practice of clinical governance.
  • Understands national policy in relation to advancing and developing clinical practice
  • Presentation and group
  • Previous experience within Inpatient Mental Health Care

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