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Job reference: 163447
Salary: Band 8A (£56,992 - £61,522)
Job closing date: 24/09/2023
Job Type: Other Therapeutic
Location: Flexible Location
Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment
Hours Per Week: Please see advert
Job posted date: 07/09/2023
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Education for Scotland
Department: Pharmacy

Job Advert

Hours: 2.2 WTE available - full time and part time options available

Duration: Fixed term until 31st  March 2024 ( Subject to funding confirmation)

Flexible Location: NES is a remote friendly employer supporting office, remote and hybrid working (within the Uk).  We’re happy to talk about how you want to work.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is the national health board with statutory responsibilities to effect sustainable change through workforce development, education and training across the health and social care system in Scotland, while working at UK level with partner organisations. Full information on the recruiting department is available here:

This is an exciting time to join our innovative NES Pharmacy Senior Educator team with several significant initiatives planned which will support the development of the NHSScotland Pharmacy workforce to improve care of patients as medicines experts within the Health and Social care team.  This is an excellent opportunity for a pharmacist with experience/an interest in educational initiatives to expand their career experience, with responsibilities at both regional and national level.
This post involves being part of the NES Pharmacy team, specifically the workstream that develops, delivers and supports Foundation pharmacists  and their educational supervisors on the Post-Registration Foundation programme for Newly Qualified Pharmacists across NHS Scotland.

 What you'll do

Senior Educators in Pharmacy provide support for educational supervisors and learners across all our workstreams with a focus on one area.

A total of 2.2 WTE is available therefore we are happy to consider both full-time and sessional approaches to filling these posts.  Initially to the end of March 2024 with an extension expected.The successful postholder will be supporting community, hospital and primary care learners and their Educational Supervisors on the programme. Senior Educators are normally allocated Health Board (s) depending on the needs of the programme.

  Key activites will include but are not restricted to;

  • Manage, co-ordinate and support colleagues, within their area of expertise and across NHS Scotland, in developing the learning environment and ensuring education and training provision, supports policy initiatives and are cognisant of existing educational frameworks
  • Deliver direct support to educational supervisors and learners via educational and peer support sessions.  
  • Provide targeted individual support as required according to reporting information

Both remote approaches and ‘face to face’ approaches will be implemented as required

  • Develop information sharing networks, structures, and establish appropriate processes supporting effective two-way communication impacting upon colleagues at national, regional and health board level across NHS Scotland.
  • Monitor and report on progress educational supervisors and learners
  • Develop and maintain effective links with key stakeholders in order to support wider NES activity.

What you'll bring

These will include but are not restricted to;

  • Experience of having achieved  postgraduate learning (e.g. The Post registration Foundation programme) is desirable.
  • Experience of being involved in the delivery of education is desirable.  
  • Experience of planning and/ or delivering education and training.
  • Experience of working in a patient centred environment.
  • Working  towards, or qualified as, an independent prescriber is desirable.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, negotiating and influencing skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good communications and working relationships with a wide range of staff in a variuety of settings ( community, hospital, primary care practice), internal and external stakeholders and learners.

You should be registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council of Great Britain. 

Applicants who wish to apply on a secondment basis are strongly encouraged to discuss this with their current employer at the earliest opportunity. 

Please note that travel across Scotland may be required as part of this role. 

To have an informal discussion or for further information about this role please contact Fiona McMillan or Nanette Brown via

Closing Date: Sunday 24th September 2023

Interview Date: TBC

* For NHS employee applicants: Secondment or SLA will be considered in the first instance

You must have eligibility and entitlement to work in the UK which is required to be maintained throughout your period of employment. Evidence of this must be produced upon request.   

We actively encourage applicants from a range of backgrounds, regardless of gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.  

If you have any queries regarding the application portal or the recruitment process, please contact us at:  NES HR Recruitment:   


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