Practice Development Lead Nursr for Private Hospital

Kate Raymond Consulting Ltd
06 May 2017
05 Jun 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Our client is a leading independent hospital designed to provide the highest quality healthcare to patients in Kent. With state of the art technology and equipment they offer their staff a high quality working environment with a culture based on commitment, pride and strong team spirit.

We are currently seeking a highly-experienced professional with a passion for training and development to join the team in this new role to pioneer innovation in this area of the organisation.

Initially your role will focus on setting up the infrastructure and strategy for Training and Development with a creative approach to change and influencing.

The Role

The Practice Development Lead will work collaboratively with the Chief Nurse, and senior clinical staff to lead the continuing education, training and professional development for the clinical staff and allied professionals to promote the acquisition of new skills and knowledge to promote excellence in clinical care.

Key Accountabilities;

Leadership and Change Management

• Ensure mandatory training requirements are fulfilled and that staff education and development is aligned to staff roles. Responsible for the guidance on clinical education and training aligned with service development needs.

• To develop and lead the Clinical Practice Development Group

• Carry out the training needs analysis annually for clinical teams.

• Work with human resources to develop guidelines and policies related to clinical training and education. To work collaboratively with the HR and Training Co-ordinator in ensuring that all training is recorded centrally, so that robust reporting is available for the regulator.

• Ensure that all clinical roles are supported with a library of competencies and that a plan is in place for gaps.

• To demonstrate clinical expertise and credibility in practice and maintain clinical skills.

• To work clinically supporting staff to meet identified learning needs and competencies. To provide clinical supervision as required.

• Support the implementation of evidenced based patient care within the clinical areas through training and development

• Maintain accurate records of patient care when working in the clinical environment

• Ensure equipment when used in training is in good working order, checking before use, and ensuring equipment training has taken place.

• Promote and initiate innovation and new ideas in methods of care delivery in line with national guidance. Demonstrate effective use of resources, direct resource planning, ensuring maximum utilisation of skills and knowledge.

• Support the clinical lead for training in the operating theatre department to ensure ways of working, documentation and training plans are aligned across all clinical areas

• Use change management skills to lead others to embrace change.

Clinical governance, quality and patient safety

• Provide quarterly reports for the HR Director and Chief Nurse which will form the basis of the annual clinical training and development report.

• To encourage and foster a culture which supports learning from adverse or untoward events and to provide relevant training and support.

• Undertake risk assessments when required.

• To have ownership for the corporate clinical induction programme and participate in the delivery of the training.

• Work with the Chief Nurse to design and implement a development programme for the care support workers within the clinical departments

• Ensure all Care support workers undertake the care certificate as part of their induction programme

External Networks

• Develop relationships with the key education partners in the community

• Develop the relationship with Christchurch Canterbury University and ensure all training goals are achieved to commence the student nurse programme.

• Work with Mid Kent College on developing clinical apprentice and NVQ programmes.

• Develop the clinical education programme for publication across the hospital to include research and publication of best practice

• Bring in best practice from other institutions.

The Candidate

The successful candidate will be absolutely patient focussed, with a desire and proven ability to deliver healthcare at its best. A strong and empathetic individual who is able to gain the trust and support of the clinical team.

Professional experience / qualifications


• Registered Nurse - minimum 5 years’ experience

• Post-registration clinical experience in the specialties relevant to the hospital

• Up to date clinical operational skills and knowledge

• Previous experience in a practice facilitator post or practice development role

• Strong leadership skills

• Knowledge of clinical governance and its application

• Evidence of continuous professional development and its application

• Proven ability to diffuse and solve challenging incidents.

• Enthusiastic and passionate.

• Teaching qualification city and Guilds 430 or ENB 998


• Post Graduate course in the relevant specialty

• Medicine, surgery or orthopaedic experience an advantage

• Mentorship training and qualification

• Demonstrable knowledge of current nursing and clinical developments

The Benefits

As well as working within outstanding facilities with passionate and inspiring management team, you will receive;

• Starting holiday allowance of 33 days (inclusive of 8 bank holidays)

• Contributory pension scheme

• Private medical insurance

• Life assurance (3 x annual salary)

• Opportunities to work flexibly

• Subsidised food in the restaurant

• Free tea and coffee

• Free parking at Hospital

• Interest-free season ticket loan

• Cycle-2-Work Scheme

• Green Travel Plan with facilities for cyclists including cycle racks, showers and lockers

• Employee Assistance Programme

• Health & wellbeing events with complimentary annual Flu vaccinations