Director of Nurse and Health Professional Education

Health Education and Improvement Wales
Ty Dysgu, Nantgarw
Pay Point 9, £101,823 to £106,111 from 1st April 2020
18 Feb 2021
10 Mar 2021
Job Type

Director of Nurse and Health Professional Education



The payscale for this post is Executive Salary Scale, Pay Point 9, £101,823 to £106,111 from 1st April 2020.

We are recruiting for a Director of Nurse and Health Professional Education for Health Education & Improvement Wales, who will be part of our Executive Team.  

This is an exciting opportunity for a high-performing, collaborative clinical leader to help shape the health workforce in Wales in line with A Healthier Wales and our Workforce Strategy for Health and Social Care. The successful candidate will be innovative and forward thinking, an excellent team player who is passionate about the opportunities to transform the workforce and who is experienced in the critical contribution that education and training plays in a sustainable health system. 

With a current registration as a nurse/midwife/AHP/Healthcare Scientist/Optometrist you will be able to demonstrate a track record in effective multi professional working and a reputation for working seamlessly across professional, geographical and service boundaries.  This role would suit individuals from either a clinical or educational background provided they have an enthusiasm and passion for both, and are committed to making a difference to our learners, our staff and ultimately our patients and service users.

With your understanding of both the NHS and the education sectors you will be energised by the challenges of applying your in depth understanding of education and workforce development to the service delivery challenges that face the health and care system on a daily basis, and to embed the lessons we have learned during the pandemic.  You will be keen to drive a relentless focus on continuous improvement and learning, generating a culture of creativity and innovation.  You will be adept at developing strong relationships and networks, to support the trust and reputation we have nurtured.  This includes education providers, regulators, professional and staff organisations, Welsh Government professional and policy leads, and in particular our colleagues in other NHS organisations.  Working at Executive Director level in a statutory organisation you will be able to demonstrate significant experience of working in very senior roles and demonstrating compassionate and collective leadership.


As a Board member you will work closely with the Chief Executive, Chair and other Board members to shape the strategic direction, plans and policies of the organisation to achieve maximum benefit and impact for NHS Wales.  As a senior and visible leader in the health and care system you will be an ambassador for the organisation, in Wales and across the UK.  This will include a key role in advising on and influencing national strategies and policies regarding workforce and education matters, as well as leading national work programmes involving a diverse range of partners and stakeholders.

Working closely with the Medical Director, you will provide an important source of professional, educational and clinical experience, expertise and advice to the team and Board on HEIW business. You will make a critical contribution in reflecting and representing the needs of the professional groups encompassed in your portfolio and your leadership will ensure that we take a multi professional and integrated approach wherever possible. You will forge close relationships with policy and professional leads in Welsh Government as well as the relevant NHS peer groups and you will be the strategic lead for Education providers and a number of professional bodies and regulators.

The portfolio for this role includes lead responsibilities for education commissioning and workforce modernisation, as well as professional advice and input in respect of nursing, midwifery, AHPs, HCS and optometry.  Education commissioning for these professional groups represents approximately half of HEIW’s budget and therefore this mission critical function requires an ambitious and future focused strategy together with robust governance and procurement frameworks.  The role holder will also be responsible for developing the non-registered workforce through the development of the Health Care Support Worker role and flexible work based learning approaches. 

Working closely with NHS colleagues, education providers and other key stakeholders the role will include a focus on wider workforce transformation and improvement to support the NHS response to service challenges and pressures, and to adapt to new and emerging service models and technologies. Primary care, cancer, mental health and diagnostics are just some of our current priorities, requiring an approach that spans professional and sector boundaries. 

As a very senior leader in the organisation you will be responsible for setting the tone and culture of the organisation in line with our values and behaviours framework, supporting the continued development of your team and our workforce.

The ability to speak Welsh is desirable for this post; Welsh and/or English speakers are equally welcome to apply. 

For further information about the role, please contact – Ms. Alex Howells, CEO, or Dr Chris Jones, Chair of the Board.

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Closing Date: 10/03/2021