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Clinical Education Support Tutor Full Time

at St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals Liverpool in Liverpool (Published at 28-06-2021)

Main area
Clinical Education
NHS AfC: Band 6
Fixed term: 12 months (Secondment opportunity would be considered)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week (8-4/9-5 Monday-Friday but sometimes 7-3 or 1-9 to support nurses in clinical practice. Part time hours considered as part of a job share)
Job ref
Vortex House
£31,365 - £37,890 Per Annum
Salary period
30/06/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

As part of the Pan Mersey Collaborative for International Recruitment, an exciting opportunity has arisen for 2 highly motivated individuals to join the Clinical Education Team within St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The role of Clinical Education Support Tutor is required to support the preparation of internationally recruited nurses to successfully complete their NMC Part 2 Test of Competence OSCE.

The Pan Mersey Collaborative has developed an OSCE training Hub to prepare international recruits to complete their OSCE and join the NMC register. The Hub comprises of Liverpool Heart & Chest Hospital, Southport & Ormskirk Hospitals, St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals & The Walton Centre NHS Trusts

This is a fixed term/secondment opportunity for 12 months.

Please note- it is the applicants responsibility to seek authorisation from their current manager to be released for the secondment before a formal application is made.

Main duties of the job

Applicants should have demonstrable experience in the planning and delivery of clinical based education, as well as experience of supporting internationally recruited nurses

Applicants will need excellent organisational skills, be self-motivated and be a committed team player. They should also have excellent communication and decision-making skills and work well under pressure.

The successful candidate will hold an appropriate professional qualification and have educational experience. Previous experience in the development, delivery and evaluation of education would be an advantage.

Based at Vortex House in Wavertree, the post holder will be expected to work across all the host Trusts to support international recruits whilst on clinical placements

Working for our organisation

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the BEST acute Trusts in England for the THIRD year running!

The Trust is currently the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and is one of few in the entire country, to achieve the title of OUTSTANDING, rated by the Care Quality Commission.

We provide a full range of acute adult services to our local population of circa 350,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are also a Major Trauma Unit and the Mersey Regional Burns Unit.

Our '5 Star Patient Care' strategy is at the heart of all that we do; supporting our vision to provide world class services for all our patients by getting it right for every patient, every time.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities


  • Supporting the induction of newly appointed international recruits into the OSCE preparation programme.

  • Supporting the development, co-ordination, evaluation and implementation of OSCE preparation programmes for the international nursing workforce including the development and testing of support materials

  • Developing the quality of the learning environment for international recruits across the host trusts, determining interventions necessary to support those staff meet the required learning outcomes.

  • Working with managers/service leads of newly appointed international recruits within host trusts as part of the Pan Mersey Hub, to identify any additional support requirements including pastoral support and work with these leads/mentors to create personal development plans related to the role of the appointee and agree deadlines for completion as and when required.

  • Support the development of clinical practice supervision and support structures for international recruits whilst on clinical placement as part of the OSCE preparation programme

  • Undertaking Quality Assurance visits across the organisation in relation to the workplace development of internationally recruited staff.

  • On successful completion of the Part 2 Test of Competence examination, support the transition of the international recruit into the Band 5 workforce, in conjunction with the Preceptorship leads for each host organisation.

  • Work in partnership with the NMC and the regional OSCE Test Centres to ensure OSCE preparation is in line with current UK practice and meets the requirements for registration


  • Support the structure, design and facilitate the delivery of learning opportunities for international recruits as part of the OSCE preparation programme

  • Produce and maintain a portfolio of education in practice activity within service area(s). For example, structured professional learning activities, teaching packages

  • Support the development, implementation and review of education in practice learning environments for international recruits.

  • Act as an expert resource/ Champion of Learning in practice, supporting managers to ensure the delivery of a high quality learning experience for staff appropriate to their role.

  • Ensure communication channels are used appropriately to facilitate the flow of information between internal and external partners.

  • Ensure that confidentiality is maintained at all times in conjunction with organisational policies

  • Collaborate with service managers to ensure academic rigor in practice learning is maintained; learning outcomes can be met, and are aligned with NMC requirements for initial entry to the nursing register.

  • Continuously monitor theory & practice learning activities against quality assurance standards enabling on-going enhancement of the learning experience for internationally recruited staff.


  • Prepare and support managers in the delivery of practice based education action plans for international recruits

  • Keep up to date in research and development relevant to education in practice and the clinical learning environment.

  • Develop and maintain up to date and accurate records and live registers of those staff undertaking development in the practice setting as part of the OSCE preparation programme

  • Develop a process to inform and enable ?shared evidence? and format to enhance the responsiveness and delivery of a single Quality Assurance process.

  • Monitor numbers of failing learners, and complaints to highlight trends and inform action planning. Liaise with the Clinical Education Support Team Nurse Lead, Ward Managers and Education Links across the host organisations, to develop appropriate action plans to support the failing student

  • Provide pastoral support to international recruits

  • Liaise with Information Service departments within host Trusts, including Library Services, to inform resource requirements and widen access to facilities for international recruits


  • Evaluate the effectiveness of any practice learning experience for international recruits, recommending any changes and improvements.

  • Work with colleagues in the wider clinical education team to develop innovative educational opportunities to support the international recruits in areas such as simulation and multi-professional learning

  • Collaborate with service leads across the host trusts to align placement learning and operational experience to learning outcomes.

  • Network locally, regionally and nationally with peer group to support the sharing of best practice.

  • Work closely with the wider clinical education team to ensure classroom based OSCE preparation is aligned to placement learning.


  • To observe the provisions of and adhere to all Trust policies and procedures.

  • To actively participate in the annual performance review to identify personal development needs

  • To attend Trust Statutory and Mandatory training sessions as required and any other training courses relevant to the post.

  • To fully comply with the relevant sections of the Health and Safety at Work Act. They must also understand and implement St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Hospitals Trust ?Statement of Policy on Health and Safety at Work? and the Trust corporate ?Health and Safety Policies and Procedures?. You are required to follow all applicable rules and procedures relating to Health and Safety at Work and to take all responsible precautions to avoid actions.

  • To be aware of the confidential aspects of the post. To keep up to date with the requirements of information governance; undertake mandatory training and follow Trust policies and procedures to ensure that trust information is dealt with legally, securely, efficiently and effectively. Breaches of confidentiality will result in disciplinary action that may involve dismissal. You must maintain the confidentiality of information about service user staff and organisational business in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation 2018 (GDPR) and Caldicott principles.

  • The post holder should also be aware that, regardless of any action taken by the employing authority, breaches of confidentiality could result in civil action for damages.

  • All staff will be treated with respect by management, colleagues, patients and visitors and equally staff will treat management, colleagues, patients and visitors with the same level of respect. Staff will be supported to challenge any discriminatory behaviour that may be based on differences in race, disability, language, culture, religion, sexuality, age, and gender or employment status.

  • You will be expected to undertake the Trusts? commitment to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

  • To ensure that when creating, managing and sharing information records it is done in an appropriate way, subject to statutory requirements and agreed security and confidentiality policies, procedures and guidelines. All employees are responsible for implementing and maintaining data quality, ensuring that records are legible and attributable and that the record keeping is contemporaneous

  • In accordance with the Health and Social Care Act 2008, the post holder will actively participate in the prevention and control of infection within the capacity of their role. The Act requires the post holder to attend infection prevention and control training on induction and at regular updates and to take responsibility for the practical application of the training in the course of their work. Infection prevention and control must be included in any personal development plan and/or appraisal.

  • To adhere to relevant Code of Practice of Professional body (if appropriate)

  • The post holder must be flexible in the duties performed and it is expected that similar duties, not specifically listed above, will be carried out as required and may be cross site.

  • The duties contained in this job description are not intended to be exhaustive. The duties and responsibilities of this post are likely to evolve in line with the Trust?s continued organisational development.

  • To adhere to the NHS Constitution and its principles and values. You must be aware of your Duty of Candour which means that you must be open and honest during your employment and if you see something wrong, you must raise it. You must read the NHS Constitution in full and can download this from the Trusts intranet site or the gov.uk website. Hard copies are available from the HR Department on request.

  • The Trust is a non-smoking site. Failure to follow this rule could lead to disciplinary action.

Person specification


Essential criteria

  • Registered Nurse

  • 1st level Degree and/or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent experience

Desirable criteria

  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education or equivalent

  • European Computer Driving License

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria

  • Significant Clinical experience

  • Experience of teaching, supervising and assessing in the clinical practice

  • Experience of developing and implementing new systems and procedures

  • Evidence of teaching clinical skills

  • Experience of supporting international recruits and new to register nurses

Desirable criteria

  • Experience of creating and implementing innovative clinical development programmes

  • Experience of having worked across professional and organisational boundaries

  • Practical experience of facilitating change

  • Knowledge of the pastoral requirements of international recruits and new to register nurses

  • Experience of participating in OSCE preparation


Essential criteria

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team

  • Ability to use Microsoft word, excel, PowerPoint and email

  • Capable of managing own workload and prioritising key elements of the role

  • Ability to develop action plans to support individual progression

  • Ability to provide constructive feedback to learners to support improvements in practice

Desirable criteria

  • Ability to develop and deliver educational sessions and programmes including simulation to groups of international recruits

St Helens & Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust are committed to providing an environment and services which embrace diversity and which promote equality of opportunity, we welcome applications from all sections of the communities we serve to enable us to reflect their diversity and improve the delivery of the services we provide.

Any information gathered during the application process relating to protected characteristics as defined by the Equality Act 2010, is gathered for statistical purposes only and is not made available to recruiting managers at any stage of the recruitment process.

As a ?Disability Confident Leader? we offer a guaranteed interview scheme for applicants who consider themselves to have a disability and who meet the minimum selection criteria (essential) at each stage of the selection process. You can indicate your wish submit an application under the Trust's guaranteed interview scheme in the personal information section of the online application form.

Transitional arrangements are in place for EU,EEA and Swiss Citizens following the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Should you this apply to you, you are advised to familiarise yourself with these arrangements to ensure you continue to have right to work in the UK and how to evidence that right in the future. Please see the document attached to this vacancy. This requirement does not apply to Irish citizens, who can continue to freely enter, live and work in the UK.

The Trust is a non-smoking site. Failure to follow this rule could lead to disciplinary action.

Please be aware, that we may close a vacancy earlier than stated, should a sufficient number of applications be received from which a shortlist can be confirmed therefore you are advised to apply at your earliest convenience.

If you are having difficulty completing an online application, please contact [email protected]

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