Regional Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Educational Lead

NHS England and NHS Im
South West House, Bristol / Taunton / Chippenham / Saltash
Competitive salary
14 Apr 2021
23 Apr 2021
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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.

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AfC Band 8b (salary dependent on experience) 1.0 WTE

Regional Healthcare Scientist Apprenticeship Educational Lead (South West England)

Applications are invited for a 12-month Fixed Term Contract/Secondment for 1 x 1.0WTE Band 8b (salary depending upon experience) Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Educational Lead (HSEAL) to support the South West Region with the rapid roll out of regionally coordinated skills development plans to support staff training in pathology laboratories in response to the current and future capacity demands.

Please note that the reason for the fixed term of your contract is this is a newly created position to support the CoVID response and funding has been secured nationally for an initial period of 12 months.

Responsible for implementing and delivering the National Pathology Workforce Rapid Intervention Plan, the post holder will embed all levels of Healthcare Scientist Apprenticeships from Level 2- Level 6, forming a progression pathway for staff. The successful candidate will be committed to supporting the skills development and training of candidates, progressing through the Healthcare Scientist Apprenticeship Programme. The role of Apprenticeship Educational Lead will be to support the ongoing requirement to increase the pathology laboratory scientific and support workforce from Band 2 - 5.

Apprenticeships have proven to be a valuable method to establish career pathways in healthcare science utilising the apprenticeship levy. In order to establish and embed apprenticeships into networks, funding has been allocated for 1 x 1.0WTE Band 8b HSEAL for the NHSE/I South West Region.

Reporting to the South West Regional Lead Healthcare Scientist and NHS England & Improvement South West Regional Diagnostics Pathology Team, the successful candidate will work closely with Health Education England (HEE) Relationship Managers, Healthcare Scientist Practice Educators, NHS Trust Apprenticeship Leads and NHS Pathology Laboratory Training Officers. You will be required to draw upon your professional networks, experience of working within the NHS Apprenticeship scheme and by understanding the Healthcare Science professional landscape you will work to remove some of the cultural barriers to apprenticeships.

The successful candidate will be able to work flexibly and at pace to deliver on the NHS Employers Inclusive Recruitment initiative and commitments within the NHS People Plan to support the 'overhauling of recruitment practices' and 'recruiting from your community'. In turn you will be contributing towards the role the NHS has in supporting the post CoVID economic recovery. By working to create a sustainable and resilient scientific workforce for the future the successful applicant will be tasked with engaging with and supporting NHS employers to implement Healthcare Scientist apprenticeships with a particular focus on Pathology and Biomedical Science workforce. This may include an element of working with schools/colleges, particularly where there are science specific academies/ science and technology colleges on the patch, however, the main expectation will be to work with Network recruitment Teams, Education Teams, HEE Talent for Care etc to promote the apprenticeships and Pathology Networks / Departments to embed the apprenticeship route to registration.

The post holder will as a minimum hold a Level 6 (Batchelor's Degree) qualification in a relevant healthcare science subject and ideally hold a Level 7 (Master's Degree or equivalent) in a relevant subject. Supported by experts in the field, with a passion for identifying career development opportunities you will need to engage and liaise with colleagues locally by chairing the South West Training Officer Network and nationally by becoming part of the Healthcare Science Apprenticeship Lead network in order to share best practice and capitalize on shared learning. Successful candidates will be flexible in their approach, have excellent communication skills to bring innovation and replicate approaches that have been successful in other areas.

The role will likely be a mix of home, office, field and laboratory bases to match the demands and needs of host NHS Trusts and candidates. An expectation to travel will be required as part of the role as and when National/Regional CoVID-19 restrictions permit.

For further details contact:

Name: Lynne Benton or Louise Jefferies

Job title: NHSE/I South West Regional Pathology Team

Email address:

Telephone number: 07702 410163

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