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Job reference: 182670
Salary: Band 8B (£67,285 - £71,978)
Job closing date: 07/04/2024
Job Type: Nursing and Midwifery
Location: NHS Forth Valley Sites
Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment
Hours Per Week: 37
Job posted date: 02/04/2024
Employer (NHS Board): NHS Forth Valley
Department: Practice Development

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Secondment/Fixed term opportunity- 3 months to improve service delivery.

*Secondment Opportunity – Existing permanent employees must first discuss this opportunity with their substantive line manager and complete the secondment request form prior to interview. The secondment request form and the associated secondment policy can be found on the HR/Recruitment intranet pages and must be completed and signed by the substantive line manager.  The Candidate should then take it with them to interview as confirmation that an agreement has been granted.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an engaging and inspiring professional to join NHS Forth Valley as Head of Practice Development

NHS Forth Valley is one of 14 regional health boards in Scotland and serves a population of nearly 310,000 in a diverse geographical area which covers the heart of Scotland and covers three council areas, CClackmannanshire, Stirling and Falkirk.  We provide a range of primary, community based and acute hospital services and have strong strategic partnerships with our two Integration Joint Boards, three Local Authorities and our local University and College. Boards.

The Professional and Practice Development Team engages at both strategic and operational levels across all areas and disciplines in NHS Forth Valley, taking account of professional and practice development requirements. There is extensive engagement with external partners at both regional and national level, including Higher and Further Education partners, NHS Education for Scotland (NES), Scottish Government (SG) and Voluntary and Statutory sectors.

The Professional and Practice Development Team is one of the services within the corporate NMAHP Directorate of NHS Forth Valley.  The role of the team is:

  1. To lead and implement learning governance in accordance with national standards and relevant legislation and the operational delivery of all nursing, midwifery AHPs professional and practice development activities.
  2. To assure the effective use of nursing, midwifery and AHP education and learning infrastructures and funding to ensure learning provision is consistently focused on essential workforce priorities and service redesign
  3. To develop and support our professional and practice development infrastructure for current and future needs, promoting a culture that improves quality and enhances the delivery of person-centred, safe and effective care
  4. To provide the Board and the Chief Executive with strong professional and clinical governance advice on all matters related to Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions (AHPs).
  5. To drive forward developments in clinical policy and practice and in relation to NMAHP’s and wider as required.
  6. To provide executive leadership and input into wider functions the Executive Nurse Director is responsible for: e.g. Healthcare Environment Inspections and Healthcare Acquired Infection Prevention, oversees and manages referrals to Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

Candidates must be educated to degree level with evidence of:


  • Registration as a nurse, midwife or AHP
  • Post graduate qualification in Education or working towards (or equivalency)
  • Relevant Masters Degree in Health & Education or Advanced Practice (or equivalency)
  • Membership of relevant professional institution / body


  • Significant senior experience in nursing, midwifery or AHP senior management and clinical education including advanced practice and operational experience at scale.
  • An accomplished and credible leader, naturally engaging and who is able of inspiring and motivating staff to work in new and collaborative ways to achieve the best workforce development services.
  • Evidence of staff and service management including operational experience
  • Experience at expert or Nurse/AHP consultant level in education or clinical practice setting.
  • High level facilitation, change management, QI skills and consultancy skills.
  • Expertise in policy interpretation and development of strategy.
  • Developed project planning skills and expertise link to wide spread education programmes.
  • Experience of planning, monitoring and forecasting staffing budgets.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • The ability to function politically, analyse information, understand complex arguments, make judgements, reconcile competing demands and negotiate with and influence other

If you believe that you have the relevant skills, experience, and values we are seeking, we look forward to receiving your application. 

NHS Forth Valley encourage applications from all sections of the community. We promote a culture of inclusion across the organisation and are proud of our diverse workforce.

For further information please contact Karen Goudie, Director of Nursing by contacting 01786 457280 or by emailing

Thank you for your interest in working for NHS Forth Valley.

The duties of this post require the successful candidate to be a member of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme.  More information on this scheme can be found at

Please note that the majority of correspondence is sent by e-mail, therefore please check your e-mail regularly (including junk folders) and your Jobtrain account for updates.

NHS Forth Valley is positive about disabled people and is committed to offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job.  Please contact the Recruitment Office on 0330 041 4694 if there are any reasonable adjustments we can make to assist you with your application and/or interview

NHS Scotland is committed to encouraging equality and diversity among our workforce and eliminating unlawful discrimination. The aim is for our workforce to be truly representative and for each employee to feel respected and able to give their best. To this end, NHS Scotland welcomes applications from all sections of society.

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