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Lead for Practice Education and Development

Children's Hospice South West
Post date
6 November 2023
Closing date
22 November 2023
South West England
£50,995 - 54,101 p.a. FTE
30 to 37
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Are you a care education professional passionate about staff development and looking to join a team where you can really make a difference?

Join us to help lead our team as we embark on our ambitious plans for growth and development of children’s hospice care in the South West.


30 – 37 hours per week (minimum of 30 hours)
£50,995 – 54,101 p.a. FTE
Location: A choice of one of our three hospices in Barnstaple, Devon, Wraxall, North Somerset or St. Austell, Cornwall as a base, some home working and regular travel to each site.

A rare opportunity for an experienced clinical educator to join our passionate and dedicated leadership team providing services which places children and families at the centre of what we do. This post offers the opportunity to promote a culture of learning and innovation within CHSW; provide visible leadership to the care teams at all three CHSW hospices; and establish CHSW as a major provider of high-quality training and education in children’s palliative care within the South West.

The Role:

  • To be responsible for Education and Professional Development, to lead and develop a culture of excellence through visible leadership, learning, enquiry and innovation within the Care Services at CHSW.
  • To have strong effective links with external providers developing working partnerships that promote collaboration, quality, effectively responding to the needs of the service, staff and children and families.
  • To develop a programme of learning and development for all staff including leadership and clinical skills with career progressions for all levels of care team members.
  • To provide strong leadership for all practice education staff employed within CHSW, creating a visible collaborative and cohesive education team across all CHSW hospice sites.
  • To further develop and maintain a framework of clinical / children’s palliative care competencies to provide a clear strategy and structure for learning and development that is accessible, evidence based and effective.
  • To ensure that the annual programme of mandatory and additional training is delivered and achieved with minimum 95% compliance. This programme should be dynamic and responsive finding solutions to training that are accessible, engaging and achievable to deliver. Whilst ensuring that all training is evaluated and recorded on an electronic system.
  • To ensure development opportunities are progressed including new pathways, partnerships with universities and associate nurse / apprenticeship opportunities.
  • To work as part of the senior team to develop services that are safe, have quality embedded and are responsive to the needs of children and families.

About You:

We are looking for an exceptional person with the expertise, dynamism and drive to fulfil the challenge this post offers. Applicants should be a registered nurse (ideally RSCN) with recent and relevant clinical teaching experience leading a clinical practice service within an educational or healthcare setting. We are looking for someone who understands the role of a hospice and shares the core values and behaviours of the organisation, an approachable confident leader who has a passion to develop individuals to reach their full potential. The post holder must be able to work independently and also collaboratively with a wide range of care and medical staff and managers at all levels. The ability to work with IT and technology is essential.

About Us:

An established and successful charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) provides hospice care for children with life limiting conditions and their families in the South West of England. The CHSW ethos is support the whole family and our current delivery model includes care wherever the child is when they need it most including care at the hospice base, at home and virtual support. The care and support we provide can span many years, or be a brief moment in time, being there when families need us most. You will leave each day knowing you have made a real difference to short and precious lives.

What We Offer:

We value our staff and offer an excellent working environment with an enthusiastic and committed team, you will also benefit from:

  • 33 days (plus bank holidays) holiday entitlement, (pro-rata) which increases with service
  • enhanced sick pay scheme rising up to 6 months full and 6 months half pay
  • personal pension scheme with 7% employer contribution / ability to continue NHS Pension contributions (where applicable)
  • family friendly policies, with enhanced maternity/adoption pay
  • occupational health, wellbeing and counselling services and employee assistance programme
  • group life insurance scheme
  • training and development opportunities
  • environmental and green agenda
  • a supportive and inclusive environment
  • a chance to make a real difference

Join our team for a rewarding career move to an organisation where 98% of staff say they are proud to work for.

Apply now to be part of something truly meaningful! Together, we can create moments that matter.

To find out more and to apply please see our website To arrange an informal discussion with the Director of Care, Allison Ryder, contact HR on 01271 325270.

NOTE: when applying please include a full CV with employment history with education / training information and also upload your supporting statement in addition to your CV (if you have any difficulties with this, please contact HR on

Closing date: 22 November 2023
Anticipated Interview Date: TBC

CHSW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and all employees must obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Charity Registration Number 1003314

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