Practice Educator - Mental Health, Band 6

Learning & Development

Posted: 1 year ago

Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust

£32,306 - £39,027 p.a.

Fixed term (12 months)

At Dorset HealthCare we’re on a mission to empower people to make the most of their lives through our outstanding, joined-up healthcare services. We’re a dynamic, forward-looking Trust, running 12 community hospitals, specialist inpatient facilities and a wide range of integrated community and mental health services for a population of almost 800,000 people.

We like to do things differently here – it’s one of the reasons the CQC rated us ‘outstanding’ in 2019. It’s also why 95% of patients across our services say they have a good or very good experience of our services and 89% of staff feel they can really make a difference. Whether you’re looking to work with us in one of our bustling market towns, a vibrant urban location, thriving seaside spot, or the among the rolling hills of a stunning rural setting, there are a lot of ways you can make a difference in our local communities.

Our 7,000-strong workforce is at the heart of what we do and our success is a testament to our brilliant people. We're all about building a workplace for the future – we believe in equal opportunities and we celebrate diversity. We’re an inclusive workplace, where everyone is welcome, everyone can be authentic, and we are all encouraged to be the best version of ourselves.

Working with us you’ll be part of a strong team. You’ll challenge yourself, build a career, and teach us what we don’t know. And you’ll be working towards our vision to be better every day through excellence, compassion and expertise in all we do.

Are you looking to join a friendly, supportive and innovative team where your voice will be heard, your contributions valued and your skills and experience celebrated?

Are you ready to shape and influence our patient’s experience through the delivery of high-quality evidence-based learning and development opportunities?

If you have answered “yes” to the questions above, you may be just the person we are looking for to join our Practice Development Team as a Practice Educator specialising in mental health education.

You will be a health care professional registered with either the Nursing & Midwifery Council or the Health and Care Professions Council with demonstrable experience in mental health care. This role offers a proactive and enthusiastic professional the opportunity to review current mental health learning, make a positive impact on student experiences through pastoral support and to help shape service-learning culture.

You will make recommendations based on findings and facilitate development including the design and delivery of training at various tiers.

Using advanced communication skills the post holder will be engaging with a range of staff members and services across clinical environments to inform and influence practice from an educational perspective and to negotiate and plan placements.

This is a full-time role of 37.5 hours per week offered as a one year secondment or fixed term. The post could be a perfect complement to a clinical post for a healthcare professional already working in mental health services who can use their skills and expertise to support the development of education. The role allows flexible working hours around the needs of the service.

Currently in line with government and Trust guidelines, the team have largely been working remotely with a plan to review working arrangements in order to support learners as effectively as possible. The Trust will provide the required resources to make this possible. As restrictions are lifted, we plan to provide more face to face contact which will require travel around the county.

Employment in this post requires a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, which the Trust will cover the cost of. Applicants who subscribe to the DBS update service are able to present a valid DBS certificate instead of requiring a new check.

For further details / informal visits contact: Chris Pitt, Pre-registration Student Lead at / 01202 705633.

What working for us will provide:

  • 27 days of annual leave, rising to 33 over ten years
  • Excellent NHS pension scheme
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Flexible working options, including family-friendly hours
  • Free training and one-to-one career coaching to reach your career goals
  • Preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses and AHPs
  • Access to nine staff networks – have a voice and transform our Trust
  • Relocation costs where applicable
  • Salary sacrifice scheme opportunities – including childcare vouchers, car lease and cycle scheme, home technology equipment, and buying and selling annual leave
  • NHS discounts to save on your shopping, gym membership and more

Visit our careers website to learn more about our culture, staff stories, benefits, development programmes and opportunities.

What you need to do:

Before applying for this post, please do ensure that you have read the job description and person specification requirements. If you think you have everything we're looking for, then we'd love to hear from you, alternatively if you would like more information about the role please do not hesitate to contact us.

After applying via NHS Jobs your application will be imported into our preferred third party recruitment system, TRAC. All information about your application will come from You won’t be able to track progress of your application or receive messages through NHS Jobs. By applying for this post you are agreeing to Dorset HealthCare transferring the information contained in the application to Trac and accept a privacy notice under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Applicants who require sponsorship to work in the United Kingdom (UK) are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. Please note that from January 2021, to work in the UK candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Further guidance can be found on the website.

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