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Practice Educator                 

Equiv. to Band 6 AFC

Closing Date for Applications – Monday 12th April

A rare opportunity has arisen for an experienced and enthusiastic Healthcare Professional with a passion for palliative care to join our Quality and Practice Development team here at ACCORD Hospice.

As part of our small team, you will have a key role in developing and delivering programmes of learning and practice development internally and externally and growing knowledge and skills in contemporary palliative care. You will also have an important role in quality improvement and audit and contribute to the overall clinical governance agenda within the hospice.

You will have significant professional experience in palliative care, be educated to degree level, have experience of teaching or a teaching/learning qualification and a genuine interest in quality and practice development. You will also be able to work autonomously and react to an ever changing environment to meet staffs’ learning and support needs.

Work Hours – 30 hours per week over 4 days with a degree of flexibility.

We offer an excellent working environment, totally supported mentorship programme, personal development opportunities, within a modern and friendly environment.

A secondment may be considered for the first year.

For further information please contact Susan Jackson, QPD Lead on


JOB TITLE                  Education Support Nurse

Job Identification:

Job Title:                              Hospice Education Nurse                                   

Responsible to:                    QPD Lead        

Department:                         Quality & Practice Development                                    

Last Update:                         January 2020                                     

Job Purpose and Dimensions:

  • Plan and deliver palliative care education initiatives to care homes and other partners within the local area as appropriate.
  • Assist the QPD Lead to plan and deliver training to meet the requirements of the hospice mandatory and statutory training framework.
  • In conjunction with others, create and deliver induction and on-going learning opportunities for Accord volunteers and new clinical staff.
  • Support QPD Lead with QI, practice development and audit activity.


ACCORD Hospice:         In-patient beds – (8 beds, Consultant led),

Community Orientated Services:

Care Clinical Nurse Specialists,

Hospice at Home


Occupational Therapy,

Lymphoedema Services,

Patient & Family Support Service (inc. Bereavement Network Hub),

                                                   Quality & Practice Development,

                                                    Complementary Therapy

                                                    Social Work

Outreach Support Services (inc –    ACCORD Community Hub)

Other services:

Patient Transport Service (paid and voluntary)

Fundraising and Lottery Service

Hospice Shops

Royal Alexandra Hospital Palliative Care Team

Organisational Position:

Chief Executive

Clinical Services Manager

QPD Lead

Education Support Nurse (this post)

Communications and Relationships:

  • Build relationships with key staff within local care homes and other partner organisations within Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire & the wider GGC area.
  • Communicate effectively with learners when acting as Educator
  • Inform and promote role with hospice and be seen as resource to support CPD, QI, audit and research activities.

Knowledge, Training & Experience to do the Job:

  • Specialist knowledge underpinned by theory and relevant experience at a senior level.
  • Graduate and / or post graduate studies in Cancer or Palliative Nursing Studies.
  • Previous experience in clinical education.
  • Teaching qualification
  • Documented annual Appraisal and Personal Development Plan.
  • Standard computing skills.

Analytical and Judgemental Skills:

  • Ability to make informed judgements on educational and audit matters where interpretation of information is required.
  • Ability to work using own initiative within the defined parameters of the organisation policies and procedures.
  • Ability to organise study days, conferences and other educational events using own initiative.
  • Knowledge of teaching strategies required to ensure education delivery is of the highest standard.
  • Ability to critique and analyse research and other evidence to support evidence based practice and debate.

Planning and Organisational Skills:

  • Work plans will be agreed by the QPD Lead although the ability to manage own workload will be an integral part of the post.
  • Agenda setting for education and training events.
  • Effectively manage material requirements for teaching sessions
  • Ability to adapt & implement changes at short notice and within a limited time frame.

Physical Skills:

  • Driving Licence.
  • Keyboard/computing skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of all machinery and audio-visual aids within resource centre.
  • Manual dexterity to teach clinical skills when appropriate

Responsibility for Patient / Client Care:

  • Ensure the health and safety of clients (healthcare professionals and volunteers) during educational events within the Hospice.
  • Utilise a risk assessment process if required

Responsibility for Policy & Service Development Implementation:

  • Follows policies in own role but may be required to comment on or develop policies, procedures or possible developments.

Responsibility for Financial and Physical Resources:

  • Observe personal duty of care in relation to equipment and resources used in course of work.
  • Responsible for ensuring a safe environment, with reporting/action areas of concern

Responsibility for Human Resources:

  • Responsible for the teaching /delivery of specialist training within own organisation and other venues as required.

Responsibility for Information Resources:

  • Extensive and expert knowledge of Microsoft Office to produce professional educational resources.
  • Knowledge of e-library and e-learning resources.
  • Knowledge of IT and teleconferencing facilities

Responsibility for Research and Development:

  • Undertake surveys, audits and research as necessary relevant to own work, patient care or organisational issues.
  • Participate in development of Hospice policy and procedures.

Freedom to Act:

  • Accountable for own professional actions.
  • Managed not directly supervised.
  • Guided by clearly defined occupational and clinical policies and procedures and specific standards set by NHS QIS (2002) Specialist Palliative Care and Care Commission (general and care at home).

Physical, Mental and Emotional Effort


  • Frequent requirement for sitting or standing in a restricted position for a substantial proportion of the working time

Mental Effort:

  • Concentration on course preparation and content.
  • Requires well developed knowledge and skills in the many aspects of Cancer and Palliative Care.
  • Critical thinking analysis and reflection.
  • Analytical and reasoning skills.
  • On the spot judgement.
  • Diplomacy and negotiating skills.

Emotional Effort:

  • Staff support.
  • Delivery of certain training/education intense and emotionally tiring/ draining and impact this may have on participants.

Working Conditions:

  • Lone working.
  • Unpredictable environments when undertaking external training and education.
  • Use of PC for substantial periods of time

Main Tasks, Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Comply with Clinical Governance requirements.
  • Be responsible for own personal development.
  • Observe confidentiality of records and health information and be aware of the practice and principles of GDPR.
  • Be aware of Lone Working Policy.
  • To represent the Hospice and give talks/lectures to visitors and organisations.
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times.
  • Participate in In-service training.
  • Comply and adhere to all Hospice policies and procedures.
  • Attend Mandatory training.

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