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Practice Placement Team Leader

Job Reference: 202-A-21-15829

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
£40,057 - £45,839 per annum (indicative)

12 month fixed term contract.

Internal applicants who wish to be considered for a secondment opportunity should discuss with their line manager prior to application to establish suitability.

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust works alongside 5 partner universities to provide placement opportunities for around 700 Paramedic students. The future of the AHP workforce is changing; in particular advances in healthcare provision made available to our patients has initiated the opening up of career opportunities within the Paramedic profession. To ensure the future workforce continue to deliver and develop alongside these advances, the practice placement team is key in ensuring that professional preparation starts from first contact.

The practice placement team is a small but unique team that specialises in all elements of practice placement from induction through to the end of year 3 and everything in between. The team is key to building and supporting student- practice educator relationships, working with key external stakeholders, including our partner universities and Health Education England (HEE), to deliver a quality placement experience, as well as progressing placement transformation through new ways of working and capacity expansion projects.

We welcome applications from individuals that have a passion for developing the student and practice educator workforce, who thrive in a team working environment and are an experienced, compassionate leader. The post holder with have excellent communication and organisational skills, work confidently under change management, and use own initiative to plan workload under minimal supervision. The Practice Placement Team Leader will be responsible for identifying and developing team and individual potential, with an ability to motivate and inspire. An eagerness to innovate in a bid progress practice placement and the paramedic profession is essential with demonstratable tenacity and strength of character to realise the ambitions of practice placement within the Trust.

The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring key quality deliverables are achieved and that collaborative contributions are put forward to help improvement the HEE Quality Framework for placement providers. The post holder will work with our partner universities to understand capacity and expansion, explore adjustments to academic programmes and practice requirements to ensure equitability.

The practice Placement Team Leader will attend meetings at a system level to ensure practice placement within the organisation is driven by best practice. Collaborative working across all networks and systems is essential in overcoming barriers and pushing the national vision of placement forward. Capacity expansion and placement transformation is a key workstream for the post holder, and they will work closely with the placement team, wider Education Department, and external stakeholders to continue to develop the placement provision currently available within the trust; including instigation of broader professional context placement opportunities to enhance the quality of placement provision offered (Leadership, research, etc).

It is essential the post holder is a driver with access to a vehicle for work purposes, subject to provision of Equality Act 2010

We are open to discuss the possibility of flexible working, and will consider reduced hours, remote working or flexible start and finish times for example. If successful at shortlisting, individuals will be invited to explore what’s possible for them to support their work life balance as well as enabling individuals and the Trust to fulfil the requirements of the role.

Please note this does not attract any unsocial hour’s payment.

If you would like to find out more about the role please contact:

Emma Whitcombe, Learning and Development Manager.


At South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) every team member matters, we have a culture where everyone is valued for being themselves. Our aim is to work together to promote the most inclusive environment possible, which attracts people from the widest possible range of backgrounds and experiences to enrich the work that we do together, for the benefit of all of our employees and patients and communities we serve. We offer flexible working opportunities, inclusive policies and a range of feedback mechanisms to support individual needs and to enable a positive, welcoming environment in which our people and their careers can thrive.

As the first Ambulance Trust in the Country to be registered as a NHS Foundation Trust (FT) SWAST offers consistent high-quality, locally responsive and trusted care to the residents and the transient population of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Bristol, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

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South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust reserve the right to close this vacancy early, should we receive sufficient applications.

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