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Cheshire and Merseyside AHP Faculty Lead

NHS AfC: Band 8a

Main area
Therapy Services
NHS AfC: Band 8a
Fixed term: 6 months ((Secondment opportunity will also be considered))
Part time - 22.5 hours per week
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Whiston Hospital
£47,126 - £53,219 per annum pro rata
Salary period
22/10/2021 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work strategically across the Cheshire and Merseyside region to lead the delivery of the AHP Faculty Projects as part of the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan.

The C&M AHP Faculty is hosted by St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and was part of an initial test bed (pilot) that was launched in February 2020 funded by Health Education England and is the operational arm of the C&M AHP Council. The Faculty membership consists of a small project team and a of blend of stakeholders from health, social care, Higher Education Institutions, primary care and private, independent and voluntary organisations volunteers. Its purpose is to support and deliver a collective approach to workforce initiatives by increasing placement capacity, supporting continuing professional development (CPD), developing Advanced Clinical Practice (ACP) roles, building partnerships with education providers and addressing other local training and education priorities. The aim is to develop sustainable innovative approaches to recruitment and retention in order to provide high quality care, as well as offer training and development opportunities to support staff to realise their potential.

Main duties of the job

The post will initially be for a 6 month period on a secondment/fixed term contract basis, and would be open to application from anyone who is interested in supporting and gaining experience of working strategically across multiple organisations. This is a great opportunity for your CV and as a stepping stone for future career opportunities and it offers opportunities to network across a wide range of stakeholders.

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.

Interview Date: 10th November 2021

Working for our organisation

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the only acute Trust in Cheshire and Merseyside, and one of the 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 360,000 and provide tertiary services across a much wider area in the North West, North Wales and Isle of Man. We are 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.

Our latest achievements include:

  • Acute Trust of the Year – HSJ Awards November 2019
  • Trust rates Outstanding by the CQC – Inspection August 2018
  • Top 100 places to work in the NHS (NHS Employers and Health Service Journal)
  • Best acute Trust in England for quality of care for the 3rd year running (NHS Staff Survey)

In the NHS Staff Survey 2020 the Trust scored the highest marks in the following areas;

  • Quality of care
  • Staff engagement
  • Support from managers

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Key Faculty commitment includes;

  • Supporting the Interim NHS People Plan – “…AHP faculties will also play a key role in helping shape the next generation of AHPs…”
  • Reducing recruitment costs, gaps in service provision and variance in standards of care across system
  • Providing an AHP voice – collaboration with staff across system (NHS, HEI, Primary care, PIVO, Social Care)
  • Enhancing quality of care and efficiency across care pathways “joined up care – at the right time in the optimal setting ”

Over the last 12 months the AHP Faculty has been successful in achieving a number of key outcomes (appendix 1) and is committed to continue delivering this success with further HEE investment focussed on - Early careers/Preceptorship; Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Return to Practice; Apprenticeships; AHP support workforce.

Key Responsibilities

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the professional objectives for the AHP training and education. The post will be responsible for supporting role development and will act as a point of contact for advice and expertise on all matters relating to professional AHP issues with regards to education. The role will be integral to ensuring excellent communication with the senior AHP staff across the Region as well as with external agencies and HEI’s. Liaising with the senior AHP team and relevant others, the post holder will ensure the workforce development and education agendas are aligned and follow local and national guidance. The post holder will be supported by and escalate to the AHP Faculty Chair as required.

Leadership and Management

  • To provide high profile leadership and support to all AHP staffing groups to ensure education governance requirements are met and sustained across the Region.
  • To lead and support clinical and practice educators ensuring the quality and sufficiency of student placements.
  • To deputise for the AHP Faculty Chair at meeting relevant to training and education and research as required.
  • To be responsible for ensuring that all required reports are prepared and submitted within the agreed timescales to a high standard.
  • To lead and empower all staff and to challenge poor practice and behaviour which could compromise patient care.
  • To support the development of organisational strategies by working closely with AHP Leads, ADNs and GDNAs to foster a culture that embeds best practice and sustainable change, that will harness innovations and technologies and design out risk.
  • To act as expert advisor to other services and external bodies as required.
  • Support the AHP Faculty Chair to develop the infrastructure to support high quality training and education for AHPs.

Education, Workforce and Research

  • To support and drive the AHP workforce and educational development opportunities and oversee the delivery of robust workforce and educational pathways for AHPs.
  • To review and utilise themes and trends from workforce, research, development and education, performance metrics, university and student feedback to inform the AHP objectives and education strategy.
  • The post will identify and share best practice and lead on all internal and external educational peer audit reviews.
  • Work closely with the HEIs and external partners to ensure best practice and compliance with national guidance in any projects.
  • To contribute to the development of the annual training plan for AHP , nursing and midwifery workforce in conjunction with key stakeholders and ensure this reflects strategic priorities.
  • To lead on the development of a robust educational and development programme for all AHP staff delivering consistent assurance that all Trust staff are equipped with requisite knowledge to undertake their roles and support learners in practice in alignment with professional responsibilities and standards.
  • In conjunction with the AHP Faculty Chair to support the development and standardisation of the Clinical Educator role within the AHP groups as appropriate.
  • To represent UHCW at local, national and international events if required including presentations and delivery of reports.
  • To encourage and actively promote research and audit within AHPs professions contributing as necessary in line with strategic priorities.
  • To ensure that AHP workforce, education and training policies are reviewed and developed in line with national and local best practice guidance and/or legislation and that an assurance framework is in place to monitor compliance.

Professional and Quality

  • To develop and maintain the clinical governance structures of the Trust and the quality improvement frameworks within the groups.
  • To support the development of systems to measure AHP performance at ward, department and service level.
  • To support implementation of specific initiatives within the organisation as required with the Associate Director of Allied Health Professions.
  • Ensure professional registration and continuing professional development as required of a registered AHP with the HCPC and the Trust.
  • Support the delivery and achievement of local and national programmes of work relating to practice education and/or development.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Registered HCPC Allied Health Professional
  • Educated to masters level or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent experience
  • Teaching and Assessing qualification or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent experience
  • Leadership course/qualification or equivalent qualification and/or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of continuous professional development of relevance to practice development
Desirable criteria
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Lean methodology training

Knowledge & Experience

Essential criteria
  • Robust knowledge of HCPC standards pertaining to education and proficiency
  • Evidence of delivery at an organisational level
  • Acknowledgement of professional body standards
  • Operational experience in a clinical educational role
  • Evidence of the delivery of sustainable change management and service improvement projects locally and nationally
  • In-depth knowledge and understanding of practice education issues in an acute trust setting
  • Understanding the role and function of workforce and education within operational service delivery
  • Knowledge of the NHS strategic agenda together with an understanding of the current issues in AHP policy and practice
  • An robust understanding of governance requirements in practice education
  • Experience of working across the health economy to deliver objectives
  • Experience of working successfully as part of several teams


Essential criteria
  • Strong management and leadership skills with a proven record of motivating staff
  • Ability to produce clear and concise written material, including data analysis using appropriate IT package such as Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint
  • Ability to confront and manage challenging issues taking a problem solving approach
  • Ability to interpret complex data, carry out gap analyses and develop recommendations for consideration including report writing skills
  • Proven staff management experience with the ability to gain their support, motivate and develop teams
  • Able to build and sustain effective working relationships both internally and externally to the organisation
  • Self-motivated and resilient, with the ability to preserve order to achieve objectives and have the flexibility to take the views of others
  • Demonstrates understanding of the Trust values and the role they play in delivery of workforce and education


Essential criteria
  • Ability to perform effectively under pressure while delivering high quality outcomes within agreed timescales
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Applicant requirements

You must have appropriate UK professional registration.

Applications from job seekers 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 all candidates who are not UK or Republic of Ireland (RoI) nationals require sponsorship unless you have permission to work via another route. Non UK / RoI candidates wishing to apply can self-assess the likelihood of obtaining a Certificate of Sponsorship here. It is vital that you provide full and accurate details of your current immigration status on the application form. Overseas applicants applying for entry clearance into the UK must present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided in continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Guidance can be found here. Not everyone needs a ‘Skilled Worker’ visa. If you are applying for a vacancy in health or adult social care, check if you’re eligible to apply for the Health and Care Worker visa instead. It’s cheaper to apply for and you do not need to pay the annual immigration health surcharge

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Viki Hunt
Job title
Head of Therapy Services (Interim)
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Telephone number
0151 430 1131