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Practice Education Facilitator

Career Pathway

Career Directions

  • Clinical Practice
  • Education

Area of Practice

  • Learning Disability Nursing


  • Hospital Care
  • Education Provider

Job/Role Summary

My core role involves working in partnership with a wide range of colleagues in both the clinical and educational environments across all areas of nursing; ensuring that clinical learning environments are suitable to support pre and post registration student learning.

The PEF role involves arranging and completing educational audits of different areas, updating mentors, reviewing services areas, advising managers on maintaining a mentor register, supporting mentors in the clinical area and building a team of mentors to support learning in practice.

I also lead on the mentor development programme and teach, support and advise the trainee mentors in practice areas. The mentorship programme is an NMC approved programme and follows regional process of Quality Assurance. Part of my role involves developing reports and presenting these to the Trust and the Regional Quality Assurance Board.

The Practice Education Team supports nurses through revalidation, preceptorship, international nurse facilitation, and nurse recruitment.

I deliver training to Emergency Department Nurses on how to manage the patient in crisis using the ‘Crisis Prevention Institute Model’. This provides an opportunity to discuss best practice for patients attending ED due to substance abuse, alcohol addiction, mental illness, dementia, autism and learning disabilities.


Specific qualifications and experience required

I have worked in a diverse range of roles throughout my nursing career from Nursing Auxiliary, Staff Nurse, Deputy Charge Nurse, Community Nurse and now PEF. This has allowed me to develop a wide range of clinical experiences working with adults and children with learning disabilities, their families and carers in both in-patient hospital care and also in the community.

My clinical experiences involved supporting individuals presenting with a wide variety of physical health care needs, mental health care needs and challenging behaviours.

I helped develop the risk assessment tool for mobile phone use when working as a staff nurse. There has been a significant increase in the use of mobile phones for people with learning disabilities. This tool allows individuals to agree to use their phone in private and not in the shared ward areas thus maintaining dignity and privacy of all other patients

I have always been focused on education and supporting students and completed both mentor and sign off mentor as a registered nurse. I am an advocate for learning disability nurses in practice education and this has significantly increased the practice learning experiences for learning disabilities nursing students.

Qualifications I have gained:

  • PG (dip) Specialist Practice Nursing with Community Learning Disabilities Nursing
  • PGCE Nursing Education
  • BSC (Hons) Learning Disabilities Nursing
  • Hill Rom Medal for clinical excellence in Learning Disabilities Nursing


Career Milestones

I have had quite a few career highlights; my journey in nursing was a late one. I started by completing an access diploma at the Northern college in Ballymena as a nursing auxiliary. I have done well in education and feel with the right support people can and do excel. I am proud of completing the PGCE and becoming a nurse teacher; it is a demanding course when working fulltime.


Enjoyable aspects of the job/role

I enjoy my role meeting the people who choose to become nurses. I consider it a privilege to be able to support and advise my nursing colleagues on the importance of nurse education. Ensuring that those nurses mentoring students are of a very high standard to make sure those gaining entry to the NMC register are fit to practice as registered nurses.


Advice for those considering the type of job/role?

Working in this role nurses need to be positive about education, students and learning. The role demands can change quite quickly from teaching to developing policies and guidance. Working at a ward/ team, Trust and University level require flexibility and good time management.


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