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Edinburgh Napier University



Principal and Vice Chancellor: Professor Joan Stringer

Lecturer/Practitioner – Community Health Nursing

Salary Grade 6 / Band 7 AFC NHS

Napier University is a dynamic, innovative and forward-looking institution
located in the heart of Edinburgh – a vibrant city, which is a major international
centre for finance and the arts, and the seat of the Scottish parliament. Napier
University also has a growing international reputation as a provider of high
quality education.


Napier University is dedicated to providing educational services which support
the transformation of people, businesses and communities.

Since 1964, when it was first established as a centre of learning, Napier
University has become one of Scotland’s largest universities with 14,341
students and 1,700 staff. It offers 130 undergraduate and 70 postgraduate
programmes in arts, business, computing and information technology, health
care, engineering and science in addition to a growing programme of continuing
professional development programmes for working professionals and a thriving
Summer School.

The University takes its name from the 16th century philosopher and polymath
John Napier, best known as the inventor of logarithms but famous in his day for
a closely-argued commentary on the prophecies of the Scriptures. Today the
University’s outward looking ethos continues to foster creativity and innovation
in putting knowledge to work in the modern world. Research is focused within
five broad themes:

       Health and Environment
       Informatics
       Infrastructure
       Creative Industries
       Business and Employment.

Our centres of research excellence within these themed areas are highly
relevant to Scotland’s economic and social priorities, as well as enjoying
international renown for their conventional research and knowledge transfer
activities. These centres include the cross-faculty Transport Research Institute,
the Employment Research Institute in the Business School, the International
Teledemocracy Centre and the Centre for Timber Engineering. These are part
of a continuing history of successful applied research collaborations with
industry and local and central government, and with other universities in the UK
and Europe. Napier is the top Scottish university for Knowledge Transfer

Partnerships and is the most successful Scottish modern university for
commercially applied research and consultancy.

Napier is located in the City of Edinburgh – a beautiful city and the UK’s top
tourist destination after London. We have four main campuses in Edinburgh
itself and additional smaller campuses within the city at Comely Bank and
Canaan Lane which, together with our campuses at Melrose and Livingston,
house the University’s nursing, midwifery and complementary therapies

In autumn 2004, our refurbished campus at Craiglockhart reopened. It provides
a new home for our Business School and successfully merges historic
structures with futuristic buildings and open space. For the future, we will
continue to invest in our estate, to give us one of the most modern and
technically advanced teaching and learning environments in the UK.


Academically the University is organised in three Faculties as follows:

      Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences
      Napier University Business School
      Faculty of Engineering, Computing & Creative Industries.

Our graduates are confident and valued by employers, for their job skills as well
as their subject knowledge. Our student body is diverse and cosmopolitan, and
is made up of about 11% international students, 10% UK students and 79%
Scottish students. As well as encouraging international students to study in
Scotland, Napier University has students studying on a number of Napier
programmes in Hong Kong and Malaysia. Napier University was the first UK
University to open a representative office in Beijing and is currently planning to
establish joint campuses in Mainland China.
About 25% of our students study at Napier University on a part-time basis. We
also have a growing community of students who are in full-time employment
and update their professional and technical skills by attending one or more of a
wide variety of courses on offer at the University which provide opportunities for
continuous professional development.


Napier University employs 1,700 staff including 850 academic staff, 70 research
staff and 800 support staff. In addition to the three Faculties, a variety of
University Services provide direct support for the academic life of the University
in areas such as Academic Development, Lifelong Learning, Learning
Information Services, Communication and IT Services and the Research Office.
In addition, Registry Services and Student Services provide a direct and front
line service to Napier University students through effective management of
student information and providing advice and guidance to support the student

Napier University is committed to ensuring that all its staff have the opportunity
for personal and professional development and this is reflected in our
achievement of Investors in People status in January 2001 and re-accreditation
in 2004. All staff participate in a Review process every year to assess
performance and highlight their development needs. Our Corporate learning
and Development Unit (L&D) organises a range of development opportunities
for all staff and Educational Development Services (EDS) is responsible for
specialist training for academic staff. EDS is also the driving force behind the
major development of flexible learning opportunities including those
programmes developed with our strategic Commercialisation partners.


The Faculty of Health, Life and Social Sciences offers programmes at diploma,
degree, honours, masters and doctorate levels in a wide range of disciplines.
The Faculty offers a vibrant and challenging academic environment and
provides leading edge education and research.

Research activity within the Faculty encompasses a wide range of disciplines,
with the School of Life Sciences especially active. The research culture within
the entire Faculty continues to grow year on year. This growth is strengthened
by the Faculty’s involvement in collaborative projects, such as the Centre for
Integrated Healthcare Research, which sees the Faculty team up with research
colleagues from Queen Margaret University and the University of Edinburgh to
focus and develop Healthcare research.

The Faculty has strong and intimate links with the National Health Service;
other clinical environments; social work; charities and voluntary agencies; and
strong, emerging Community Health partnerships. Four of the Faculty’s
campuses have a close geographical link with one of the NHS Divisions in the
East of Scotland and the Scottish Borders.

The School of Life Sciences, based at Merchiston campus, offers an exciting
and active academic environment with a diverse range of opportunities for
research and study. Research and teaching interests in the School cover the
entire spectrum of the biological and life sciences from the molecular –
immunology, biotechnology and microbiology – through the whole organism –
biomedical science, animal biology and marine and freshwater biology – to the
environment – environmental biology and ecotourism. A popular addition to this
portfolio is an honours degree programme in Sport and Exercise Science which
is supported by state-of-the-art equipment and specialist laboratories.

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Care based at Canaan Lane
campus and Comely Bank campuses, offers an extensive range of programmes
including a Diploma and Degree in Adult, Child Health, Learning Disability and
Mental Health Nursing and Midwifery, full and part time BSc Programmes in
Nursing, Specialist Practitioner programmes at Honours and Masters level and
a range of flexible (and/or online) learning MSc Programmes in Nursing; Critical
Care Nursing; Perioperative Practice; and Palliative Care. The School also
offers a BSc Veterinary Nursing programme in collaboration with the College of

Animal Welfare, the first such programme in Scotland. Also on offer are a
number of programmes, which contribute to the increasing educational
development of the nursing profession with graduates gaining a recordable
teaching qualification with the Nursing & Midwifery Council.

The School is the largest provider in Scotland of pre-registration programmes,
with Nursing branches in Child Health, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities,
offering awards at Diploma, Degree and Honours level. Pre registration
Midwifery is offered at degree level and postgraduate Masters degree in
Midwifery is delivered by flexible (and/or online) learning. NMC recordable
postgraduate certificate in education is also provided.

We are the only provider in Scotland of a Masters degree in Advanced Neonatal
Nursing Practice by blended learning (mixture of classroom based; practice and
flexible learning modules).

NHS Lothian

NHS Lothian provides a comprehensive range of primary, community-based
and acute hospital services for the populations of Edinburgh, Midlothian, East
Lothian and West Lothian. NHS Lothian provides services for the second
largest residential population in Scotland - circa 800,000 people. It employs
nearly 28,000 staff, including approximately 15,000 nurses (registered and
unregistered) and midwives and around 2,700 medical staff. At NHS Lothian we
believe that working together across all areas of the health service is the best
way to provide care for patients. Through an innovative programme of
modernisation, we are developing into a single integrated health system.
Patients and staff are benefiting from the creation of a more streamlined,
patient-centred structure and from our more integrated approach to planning
and delivering healthcare services.


The CPPD unit functions as a central resource for NHS Lothian and support
Multiprofessional education, research and practice development needs for
registered and non-registered staff across service. To meet the NHS Lothian
Learning plan goals and targets and so support NHS Lothian Boards strategy to
deliver effective, quality patient centred care based on robust evidence and practice.

NHS Lothian & Napier University

NHS Lothian & Napier University have a strong and proven track record of
collaborative working on a large diverse range of education solutions for a
number of years. There are currently a number of joint appointments with both
organisations to aid in streamlined and innovative approaches to education
provision. This has aided in ensuring education solutions are clinically
appropriate and ensures workforce development meets the evolving changes
inherent with the modernisation of NHS Lothian.

This post is for a lecturer practitioner which is a joint post working in
partnership with NHS Lothian and Napier University to lead on a collaborative
education project that will facilitate the transition of staff to New Community
Health Nurse. This is a new and innovative post, the post has been designed to
enable and facilitate clinical staff to shape and influence the training and
education required in practice to meet the requirements of the new community
health nurse. The post will be based on both Napier University and NHS
Lothian sites and will involve the successful candidate working collaboratively
within and across sites. The post holder will have a strong supportive
infrastructure working within two innovative and experienced teams in Napier
and NHS Lothian which have a proven track record of collaborative working.

It is anticipated that the post holder will be pivotal to the development,
implementation and evaluation of the education package. The post holders
experience and commitment to influence change will be crucial to the success
of this high profile initiative.

The post holder will need to support, encourage involvement and motivate the
people undertaking the education being developed and delivered. Whilst this
post is challenging there is an opportunity for the post holder to lead and shape
future community nursing within supportive collaborative teams. Experience in
successfully leading change through partnership working would be desirable.
High level of interpersonal skills, with strong negotiation and planning skills with
a proactive approach to problem solving will enable the post holder to campion
this education and training. This is an exciting development opportunity for a
motivated and experienced community practitioner who has a sound clinical
knowledge within the community setting. This is a full time post and job share
applicants will be considered.

The post is funded jointly with NHS Lothian and Napier University.


This full time post is offered on a fixed term basis for one years. Potential Start
date will be August 2008.


The post will be based at the Canaan Lane Campus of the University, which is
located on Canaan Lane in Morningside, but you may be required to work at
any other Edinburgh campus of the University subject to business needs. The
post holder will also be based at Edenhall site within NHS Lothian.


Further information is available from either Dr Lynn Kilbride on 0131 455 5654 Closing Date is 9th June 2008


We expect interviews will be held on 18th June 2008.

1.   Job description
2.   Person specification


                                  JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:               Lecturer/Practitioner

Grade:                   Grade 6 / Band 7 NHS AFC

Salary:                  £31,840 - £39.860

Responsible to:          Dr Lynn Kilbride, Director Academic Development, School of
                         Nursing & Midwifery as Director of Academic Development.
                         Janet Corcoran, Lead Practitioner for Professional & Role
                         Development - NHS Lothian

Purpose of Post:         To enable and facilitate clinical staff in shaping the
                         training and education required in practice to meet the
                         requirements of the new community health nurse. To lead
                         & manage this exciting education initiative within project

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

The range of the duties will include:


                                            NAPIER UNIVERSITY

                                        PERSON SPECIFICATION

     POST:            Lecturer/Practitioner

     GRADE:           Grade 6 / Band 7 AfC NHS

     DEPARTMENT:               School of Nursing Midwifery & Social Care

        Attributes                          Essential Requirements Desirable Requirements
A degree (or professional qualification
of equivalent standing) in community        Yes

A Higher Degree in an area relevant
to the work of the school or subject
Membership of (active involvement in)
relevant professional
Teaching/Learning/Research and or
Clinical practice development in            Yes
community nursing

Contributing to the setting and
achievement of both personal and            Yes
organisational objectives

Contributing to facilitation of effective
student learning                            Yes

Contribute to the design of module,
course and/or programme curricula at                                       Yes
an appropriate level

Mentoring of students and/or working
as practice teacher.

Skills/Personal Requirements
Candidates should be able to provide
clear evidence of their ability and/or
potential to effectively:
Make a contribution to the scholarly
activity within the school in relation to
community nursing

Experience and        commitment to         Yes
influence change      on a number of


Work as a member of the team in a        Yes
number of contexts

Well developed organisational and        Yes
time management skills
Strong negotiation, leadership    and
planning skills
Communicate at all levels within the
school, faculty, NHS, and University.
Foster and develop collaborative links
with practitioners in NHS Lothian and
Napier University
Contribute and ensure ownership in
practice relating     to the design,
development      and     delivery of
transitional education programme for
community nursing
Respond flexibly and proactively to
the needs of the project.
Demonstrate strong leadership skills
in developing and taking forward a
new programme of education.

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