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Practice Education
Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
Employer type
Bournemouth/ Weymouth
Bournemouth/ Weymouth
£33,706 - £40,588 p.a
Salary period
09/10/2022 23:59
Interview date

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Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust logo

COVID-19 Vacancy Practice Educator

Band 6

Job overview

We are looking for a Practice Educator to contribute to the ongoing development of the valued people within the  Vaccination Service as it transitions into a business- as- normal model. Its an exciting time as we appoint, grow and develop the team and increase the diversity of what we do.

You’ll be based in the vaccination service delivering evidence based support to the individuals delivering direct patient care. You will have professional support from your Practice Educator and Learning and Development colleagues.

You will be a health care professional registered with either the Nursing & Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council. This role offers a proactive and enthusiastic professional the opportunity to review current learning, make a positive impact on student experiences through pastoral support and to help shape service-learning culture.

You will make recommendations based on findings and facilitate development including the design and delivery of training at various tiers.

Using advanced communication skills the post holder will be engaging with a range of staff members and managers across the vaccination teams to inform and influence practice from an educational perspective.

Main duties of the job

  • Responsible for vaccine specific clinical training design, development and delivery, and ongoing competency assessment.
  • Write, upload and role out specific vaccination training in line with  local guidance and support the take up of national training.
  • Plan, implement and review evidence based improvement programmes
  • Ensure the vaccination service has a clear robust local workplace induction programme to support staff retention.
  • Single point of contact for all training, L&D matters and to be the link between L&D and vaccination service.
  • Oversee mandatory training, appraisals and clinical supervision.
  • Work with the Bank team to ensure bank vaccinators have the appropriate and timely training and competencies.
  • Facilitate practice based learning, support, advice, supervision, continuous professional development activities and placements for learners and clinical staff.
  • Undertake regular learning needs analysis, capturing CPD needs, of all staff within the service to ensure a safe, competent and skilled workforce.

This is a full-time role of 37.5 hours per week. The post could be a perfect for a healthcare professional who can use their skills and expertise to support the development of education. The role allows flexible working hours around the needs of the service.

Travel across Dorset will be required. A full drivers licence and a car for work purposes is required within the parameters of the equality act.

Working for our organisation

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their  lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people. 

We do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, vibrant urban 
locations, thriving seaside spots, or among the rolling hills of Dorset, there are lots of ways you can make a difference in our communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future, we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team, challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

For the main duties and responsibilities for this role please read the attached job description and person specification.  When completing your application please ensure your supporting statement reflects the criteria set out in these documents by showing how your experience and skills apply to this post.

Interviews will be held on the 18th October 2022

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered practitioner to degree/diploma level and a member of the relevant professional body (NMC, HCPC)
  • Knowledge and experience of supervision and assessment of learners following appropriate training
  • Evidence of recent professional development in an up to date portfolio
  • Experience and understanding of research / education / audit requirements in a variety of settings
Desirable criteria
  • Recognised teaching / research qualification relevant to role or willingness to complete
  • Knowledge and understanding of Trust Strategy and legislation relevant to role
  • Experience of Vaccination specific training


Essential criteria
  • A minimum of 2 years post registration clinical experience of working in an NHS environment with service user contact at Band 5 or equivalent.
  • Experience of managing change in clinical settings
  • Sound clinical knowledge underpinned by evidence of theoretical understanding
  • Experience and understanding of legal, regulatory and ethical frameworks
  • Proven ability to challenge current working practices and introduce changes in light of evidence based recommendations
  • Able to analyse, compare and interpret educational outcomes, assess and benchmark.
  • Able to interpret potentially conflicting situations, manage appropriately understanding the implications.
  • Able to work autonomously, using appropriate communication methods i.e. virtual meetings, face to face, email, etc.
  • Experience and confidence in working and negotiating with a variety of stakeholders in order to provide best outcomes
Desirable criteria
  • Experience of writing reports and / or for publications


Essential criteria
  • Ability to prioritise and organise workload effectively
  • Provide clinical supervision and mentoring to junior staff
  • Experience of supporting others in complex decision making.
Desirable criteria
  • Staff management / supervision experience

Information Technolgy

Essential criteria
  • Confident in the use of Microsoft Word, databases, presentation software.


Essential criteria
  • Evidence of demonstrating the Trust’s values and behaviours
  • Able to communicate effectively at different levels of an organisation in both verbal and written form, for example with staff, patients, visitors or external organisations in the exchange of very highly complex, sensitive or contentious information, which will require the use of negotiating and/or persuasive skills.
  • Able to overcome barriers to understanding where there are physical or mental disabilities
  • Ability to use own initiative within sphere of authority
  • Demonstrated ability at using tact & diplomacy
  • Demonstrated ability to analyse situations and provide a resolution
  • Knowledge and understanding of legislation relevant to Practice
  • Ability to evaluate care leading to improvement in quality standards an service improvement
  • Demonstrable leadership qualities and the ability to perform as a role model
  • Willingness to advance own clinical knowledge, skill and competence based on current evidence
  • Experience of planning and organising complex activities requiring the formulation and adjustment of plans.

Employer certification / accreditation badges

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Caroline Campbell
Job title
Head of Service
Email address
Telephone number
Additional information

Helen Barnes - or 07876840065

Cameron Whittingham, PA to Caroline Campbell Head of Service, - 07867206447

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