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Practice Development Nurse and Excellence Facilitator, Band 6

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Practice Development Nurse and Excellence Facilitator
Band 6
6 months (Fixed Term until the end of March 2023)
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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£32,306 - £39,027 per annum
Salary period
11/08/2022 23:59

Join us at an exciting time for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust! We have recently been awarded an improved CQC rating of Good and are proud of what we’ve achieved. We have an ambitious plan for our journey to Outstanding and are looking for aspirational, committed individuals to join us, making a real difference to both staff and patients.

As a former winner of England for excellence award: Tourism destination of the year, the beautiful city of Gloucester and the scenic regency spa town of Cheltenham are fantastic places to work and live.

As a hospital Trust we are currently involved in over 100 clinical trials and studies, whilst also providing acute elective and specialist services to a population of over 620,000.

By joining Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust new colleagues can look forward to a warm welcome and a future full of opportunities and support.


Job overview

Band 6 Practice Development Nurse and Excellence Facilitator

Do you enjoy developing individuals and teams to be the best they can be?  Are you a forward thinking, clinically competent, innovative nurse who is passionate about driving professional inquiry in practice?  Would you thrive in working alongside people to deliver continual professional development in the workplace?  Are you looking to facilitate Nursing, AHP and Midwifery Excellence, supporting teams to develop Shared Governance Councils and support the Pathway to Excellence © Standards, in our evolving Institute of Care Excellence?

You will be motivated and passionate about practice development, and work across a range of Specialties and Divisions.  You will have the support of an already established, highly ambitious Practice Development Team.  We will offer you a structured induction and a supernumerary period that is tailored to you, allowing you to professionally develop, and contribute to the Positive Practice Environment. 

Main duties of the job

You will have excellent communication and have a passion for being person-centered, facilitating learning that is bespoke to individuals, based upon their development needs.  You must be able to work in and across teams, as well as under your own initiative, and can respond to changing service priorities.  

You will be flexible and will have the ability to adapt training to different requirements and environments and provide a creative focus on learning delivery to ensure it is accessible to all registrants.

You will be eenthusiastic and committed to Shared Professional Decision-Making Councils, and support evidence-based practice and the development and implementation of a Professional Practice Model Framework.

Working for our organisation

In addition, you will be able to work in partnership with a key range of stakeholders and embed professional inquiry into practice settings.          

We are looking for very special people and if you want to join a super, forward thinking team to provide outstanding evidence based researched care through supportive CPD activities, please contact Beverley Jones

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

- To support the Band 7 Senior Practice Development Nurse with the Continual Professional Development needs of Nursing and Midwifery Staff, working alongside the Ward Manager to develop and maintain a local Training Needs Analysis.

- To act as a resource for Registered Nurses requiring Specialist advice to support and participate in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of high quality nursing care.

- Qualified Nurse with current registration status with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and able to meet the revalidation requirements.

- To have knowledge and understanding to be able to act as a resource and support the nursing team to provide high quality, evidence based care

- Has relevant knowledge to be able to assist with the co-ordination of staff training to ensure a high professional standard in all aspects of patient care.

- To have relevant knowledge and experience to act as a resource to provide the nursing team with professional development and education in consultation with the Dept Matron and Band 7 Senior Practice Development Nurse

- To work effectively as a member of a multidisciplinary team

- Relevant nursing experience in an acute hospital setting

- Recognised Nursing Degree or equivalent including a Recognised Teaching Qualification

- Excellent organisational, line management, interpersonal and leadership skills.

- A willingness to develop knowledge and skill is essential

- Demonstrate proven change management skills.

- An ability to perform clinical skills with dexterity

- Knowledge of clinical governance, policy and procedure

- An understanding of evidence based practice and nursing research

- IT skills which can be built upon to incorporate the use of hospital administration, information and training systems

- Organisation and time management skills

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Active registration with the NMC as a Registered Nurse
  • Evidence of ongoing professional development through maintenance of a professional portfolio, registration revalidation & commitment to lifelong learning
  • Recognised Nursing Degree or equivalent
Desirable criteria
  • Peer Support or Professional Nurse Advocacy Qualification, and/or willingness to undertake


Essential criteria
  • Experience of working in an acute clinical environment, supporting individuals and teams
Desirable criteria
  • Previous experience in Practice Development or Nursing Education
  • Experience of Shared Professional Decision- Making Councils and Nursing Excellence Frameworks

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Essential criteria
  • Acts as a role model and are able to lead by example to ensure the Trust’s values and behaviours are reinforced throughout their area of practice
  • Passion for teaching, education and practice development
  • Demonstrates commitment to research based practice and clinical excellence and plays an active part in the introduction of research based change to improve patient centred care
  • Work with enthusiasm and genuine interest within the multidisciplinary team
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of Safeguarding policies and procedures.
  • Understand and be committed to good record keeping using the Trusts electronic and paper methods


Essential criteria
  • Display a caring attitude to patients, their relatives, colleagues and themselves in a stressful environment

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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Documents to download

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Further details / informal visits contact

Beverley Jones
Job title
Lead Nurse- Continual Professional Development
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