Principal Educator

Job reference: 027181

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 07/08/2020

Job posted date: 24/07/2020

Salary: Band 8B (£59,539 - £64,095)

Employment type: Fixed-term or Secondment

Job Type: Nursing and Midwifery

Hours of work: 18.75 per week

Department: Midwifery

Employer (NHS Board) : NHS Education for Scotland

**** COVID-19 - Please note that during this time all interviews will be conducted remotely.  If successful you will also initially be working remotely in line with guidance from Scottish Government*** 

Fixed term / secondment until 31 March 2021; SLA or secondment only for NHS staff in the first instance*.

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is an education and training body and a special health board within NHS Scotland, with responsibility of developing and delivering education and training for the healthcare workforce in Scotland.

The core function of the NMAHP Directorate is to support the education, training and continuing professional development of nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, health and social care chaplains and their support workers.  The Directorate is also responsible for providing education, training and workforce development across wider professional groups and disciplines, often in partnership with other agencies, to support key policy imperatives such as Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI), dementia and health and social care integration.

This is an exiciting opportunity to join the NMAHP Directorate within NHS Education for Scotland. The purpose of this role is to lead a range of projects which will contribute to the implementation of the NES/Scottish Government (2017) Transforming Psychological Trauma: Knowledge and Skills for the Scottish Workforce.  We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated Midwife to deliver educational initiatives focussed on supporting implementation of the framework.

What you'll do

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to;

  • Review and identify gaps in current training resources related to trauma informed practice for midwives and those who provide broader maternity services.
  • Engage with key stakeholders to co-ordinate final content and delivery of a revised resource.
  • Lead an engagement plan to ensure the voices of people with lived experience are central to developments.
  • Lead the completion and reporting of an external commission relating to the implementation of trauma informed pathways.
  • Develop an education and training strategy in response to data and project activities.

What you'll bring

The successful applicant will be an innovative and highly motivated midwife (qualified to Masters level or equivalent) and have significant experience in clinical practice.  The post provides an opportunity to take a leading role in a programme of work at national level to ensure women using maternity services in Scotland receive a trauma informed approach throughout their maternity journey, that identifies their needs and mitigates potential adverse impact of trauma on pregnancy and birth. Excellent communication, negotiation, and influencing skills are essential, as is engagement through partnership working with a range of stakeholders. In addition, the post-holder will be able to demonstrate flexibility and high-level diplomacy skills.

These will include but are not restricted to;

  • Proven experience in developing, commissioning, managing and evaluating development programmes/activities.
  • Experience in the development and delivery of a range of training programme elements and developing learning materials.
  • Significant experience of managing large and complex projects/programmes.
  • Experience/understanding of the external political and social environment, including NHS policy issues and priorities, and the wider agenda of public policy impacting on other relevant agencies.
  • Ability, experience and judgement to work independently and as part of a senior team.
  • Ability to build highly effective relations internally and externally is key as well as excellent facilitation, presentation and strategic thinking and analysis skills.

The base for the post may be negotiable but it is important to note travel throughout Scotland will be required and working remotely. Informal enquiries may be directed to Clare McGuire, Head of Programme

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

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

* For NHS employees considering this post, please note that appointments will only be considered on a secondment or SLA basis, in the first instance.


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