Principal Educator (ARHAI)

Job reference: 036330

Location: Flexible

Job closing date: 02/12/2020

Job posted date: 11/11/2020

Salary: Band 8B (£59,539 - £64,095)

Employment type: Permanent

Job Type: Nursing and Midwifery

Hours of work: 37.5

Department: Nursing

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***

Who We Are

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) is an education and training body and a special health board within NHS Scotland, with the 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 public health, health protection, Healthcare Associated Infection (HAI), dementia and health and social care integration.

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the NHAMP directorate in  a new joint post between NHS Education for Scotland and ARHAI Scotland part of NHS National Services Scotland.

ARHAI Scotland is responsible for the coordinating of national surveillance and reporting of healthcare associated infections and the monitoring of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial prescribing. Key is the development of evidence based infection prevention and control guidance for health and social care settings and expert advice to inform national policy and practice on hospital admission screening, antibiotic use and the built environment.

NHS Education for Scotland and ARHAI Scotland are committed to progressing a cohesive and integrated approach to specialist ARHAI workforce education development for the diverse multi-agency and multi professional ARHAI staff groups.

This leadership role will include understanding needs across the system, developing training frameworks and educational resources as required for this clinical and non-clinical workforce.

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated educationalist with a keen  interest and/or significant experience in this area to lead this initiative.

What you'll do 

Key tasks will include but are not restricted to;

  • Work in close partnership with stakeholders to provide leadership in the co-production and implementation of a workforce education frameworks in line with Scottish Government priorities
  • Translating the outcomes from ARHAI Scotland (including intelligence from surveillance, emerging evidence from the ARHAI literature and themes from infection related incidents) into focused contemporary workforce education of maximum benefit to stakeholders
  • 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
  • Identify priority workforce education requirements and progress as required, including review and scoping of gaps in current provision 
  • Lead/oversee  the development of quality assured educational resources and source/identify associated development/learning opportunities
  • Provide high level reports for internal and external oversight groups as required including the delivery of agree project milestones
  • Manage and provide  leadership to a small team, linking with relevant colleagues
  • Provide support  to the Head of Programme as directed including working across workstreams as necessary

What you'll bring

The post provides an opportunity to take a leading role in a programme of work at national level to support the Scottish Government ARHAI priorities .The successful applicant will be an innovative and highly motivated educationalist (qualified to Masters level or equivalent) preferably with significant experience in Infection prevention and control area. Excellent communication, negotiation, and influencing skills are essential, as is engagement through partnership working with a range of clinical and non clinical 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/workforce education  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.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Ruth Robertson, Head of Programme,

Closing date: 25th November 2020

Interview date: 9th December 2020 onwards

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