Healthcare Scientist Workforce Practice Educator

NHS England and NHS Im
South West House, Taunton
Competitive salary
06 Jan 2021
15 Jan 2021
Role Type
Start Date
Our Organisation

NHS England and NHS Improvement came together on 1 April 2019 as a new single organisation. The NHS Long Term Plan focuses on delivering integrated care to patients at the local level and we can best support the NHS to deliver this as a single integrated organisation.

At the NHS, we are reminded every day of how important life is. As a flexible working friendly organisation, we want to be sure that you can work in a way that is best for us and for our patients, and for you. Speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement whether that's job share, part time or another flexible pattern. In addition, although the role advertised may have an 'home' office base indicated, we remain committed to supporting flexibility around workplace locations. If it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

Our new operating model represents a strong shift to regional delivery supported by expert corporate teams. Local health systems are supported by our integrated regional teams who play a major leadership role in the geographies they manage.

We are jointly committed to creating and maintaining a fair and supportive working environment and culture, where contributions are fully recognised and valued by all and staff feel empowered to carry out their duties to the best of their abilities. As employers we are committed to promoting and protecting the physical and mental health and well-being of all our staff. This underpins our values as set out in the NHS Constitution, supports us to be an Employer of Choice and ultimately enables our employees to support the effective care of our patients.

3 x 0.5WTE Band 8b or 1 x 1.0WTE and 1 x 0.5WTE Band 8b Healthcare Scientist Workforce Practice Educators

Applications are invited for 12 month Fixed Term Contract for 3 x 0.5WTE or 1 x 1.0WTE and 1 x 0.5WTE Band 8b Healthcare Scientist/Biomedical Scientist Practice Educators to support the South West Region with the rapid roll out of regionally co-ordinated skills development plans to support staff training in pathology laboratories in response to the capacity demands for CoVID-19 testing.

The role will be flexible, based across one or more of the 3 South West Pathology Networks - South 1 (Devon & Cornwall), South 2 (Somerset), South 3 (Bristol, Bath & Gloucester) offering 0.5WTE support to each Pathology Network.

Responsible for implementing and delivering the National Pathology Workforce Rapid Intervention Plan, the post holder will be a HCPC Registered Biomedical Scientist with considerable experience, who is committed to supporting the skills development and training of fresh biomedical science graduates - with or without completion of HCPC Registration Portfolio, and candidates progressing through the Healthcare Scientist Apprenticeship Programme. The role of Practice Educator will support the ongoing requirement to increase the pathology laboratory scientific and support workforce from Band 2 - 5, delivering CoVID-19 testing in response to the continuing global pandemic.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to apply their initiative, innovation and drive to deliver the CoVID Testing Skills Development Programme across one or more Pathology Networks.

Reporting to the Pathology Network's Pathology Incident Director (PID) and NHS England & Improvement South West Regional Diagnostics Pathology Team, the successful candidate will be experienced in undertaking GAP analyses to understand where resources are best focused, identify specific training needs for candidates and develop bespoke programmes of work to support the host laboratories within each network.

The successful candidate will be able to work flexibly and at pace to deliver on key performance indicators and liaise with existing laboratory training officers to support and predict workforce planning needs across the Pathology Network.

The post holder will ideally already have links with local education establishments and will need to engage and liaise with such providers to identify potential candidates for the skills development programme. You will be competent and confident in developing comms and publicity to attract applicants to the training programme. As Practice Educator you will act as a mentor for the candidates to ensure successful completion of the CoVID skills development programme and facilitate progression to support the local CoVID-19 testing capacity within the host laboratory.

Successful candidates will be flexible in their approach, have excellent communication skills and liaise with other Practice Educators across the Region and Nationally to capitalize on innovation and successful approaches utilised in other areas.

Pathology Networks have been allocated 0.5WTE per network, equating to 18.75 hours per week. There is opportunity to amalgamate posts to offer 1.0WTE, offering a degree of flexibility to the right candidate. The role will likely be a mix of home, field and laboratory bases to match the demands and needs of host laboratories and candidates. An expectation to travel between laboratory locations within the networks will be required.

For further details / informal visits contact:

Name -Helen Chelda

Job title -Elective and Primary Care Workstream Lead

Email address

Telephone number -07423 701529

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