Principal Educator

Job reference: 106866

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 27/06/2022

Job posted date: 13/06/2022

Salary: Band 8B (£61,325 - £66,018)

Employment type: Fixed-term

Job Type: Nursing and Midwifery

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Portfolio B - NMAHP

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

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Principal Educator Full- time (Core Programmes) Band 8B NHS Scotland Academy:

Fixed Term/Secondment: 23 months

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

Please note, for this role, travel to Golden Jubilee University National Hospital and throughout Scotland may be required.

Who We Are

About the NHS Scotland Academy                                                              

The NHS Scotland Academy is an exciting partnership between NHS Golden Jubilee and NHS Education for Scotland to offer accelerated training for a wide range of health and social care roles and professions. The Academy will provide an opportunity for staff to improve their skills in specific areas, using residential, distance and virtual reality learning. It will offer attractive training programmes linked to recruitment and career progression. 

The Academy draws on the strengths of both parent organisations. It will use both the state-of-the-art clinical and simulation facilities at NHS Golden Jubilee and the educational expertise and technology-enabled learning offered by NHS Education for Scotland 

The Academy will support NHS Scotland to develop additional capacity and new capabilities. It will add to existing educational programmes and respond to evolving and emerging workforce needs. By addressing recruitment gaps and training needs, it will help ensure the health and social care workforce is prepared for future needs in Scotland. 

As part of this partnership, the successful applicant will be employed by NHS Education for Scotland within the Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Directorate (NMAHP).

Job Role

We are seeking to appoint a dynamic Principal Educator with extensive clinical and educational leadership to join our evolving NHS Scotland Academy team. As a Principal Educator you will lead on specific NHS Scotland Academy education workstreams including National Clinical Skills for Pharmacists Programme and NMC OSCE Preparation; in addition to evolving NHS Scotland Academy education priorities, to ensure that they are effectively developed, coordinated, and delivered. The Principal Educator will promote a culture of change and leading-edge practice to meet the educational requirements of a ‘Once for Scotland’ approach, extending partnership and collaborative practice to meet NHS Scotland Academy priorities of building capacity and capability in NHS Scotland workforce

The post holder will support the Head of Programmes (Education) to deliver on an evolving education portfolio through providing strategic educational leadership and future focused direction for the NHS Scotland Academy.

What you'll do 

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to;

  • Deliver the work of the team through working in partnership with executives and senior managers across NHS Scotland and other parts of the public service, agencies, and learning & development providers, thereby influencing and building sustained improvements to capability and capacity.
  • Take a leading role in the management of educational infrastructure projects to assist NHS Scotland Academy in responding to changes in education and training.
  • Promotes a culture of change and leading-edge practice, which will have a long-term impact internally and/or externally by taking a leading role in the management of national educational projects.
  • Collating, interpreting and reconciling information and opinions from a range of stakeholders, especially where these may be conflicting, and analysing these to enable a compromise to be brokered or judgement made between the options.
  • Creative innovative organisational, leadership and management development solutions to improve the effectiveness of individuals, teams, organisations, networks, and systems – for example, coaching and strategic team development.

What you'll bring

  • Proven experience in developing, commissioning, managing, and evaluating development programmes/activities
  • Significant experience in your specialist area and experience of working within a multidisciplinary environment. This is essential within the acute setting.
  • Experience of strategic policy development and implementation that reflects both corporate and systems wide directives
  • Significant experience of leading and managing teams
  • Professional registration, with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, or with the Health and Care Professions Council.
  • Master’s degree plus substantial postgraduate experience or working towards this.
  • Significant experience of managing large and complex projects/programmes
  • Knowledge and expertise in education, leadership, management, and models for delivery of development
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate sensitive and complex information in a time responsive manner
  • The ability to build highly effective relations internally and externally, as well as excellent facilitation, presentation and strategic thinking and analysis skills

Informal enquiries may be directed to;

Dr Clair Graham, Head of Programmes (Education)

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

For further information please refer to the Job Information Pack below.

Unless otherwise stated the deadline for applications is 23:59 hours on the closing date.

Closing Date: 27th June 2022

Interview Date: week of 11th July 2022

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


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