Nursing and midwifery
King’s Health Partners aim to deliver a world-class service to patients and service users.
We need a nursing and midwifery workforce with the right skills, attitudes and knowledge, driving high quality care for patients backed up by nurse/midwife-led academic research.
Being part of an Academic Health Sciences Centre provides you with a wealth of opportunities to develop your career.
You can find out more about how to further your career, by reading our full listing of continuing personal and professional development (CPPD) opportunities.
There are a number of potential career pathways for nurses looking to take the next step.
The four career pathways are:
- Clinical Specialist. A Clinical Specialist's role typically involves clinical practice in a specialist area and is usually at least educated to degree level. This role involves applying considerable clinical experience and knowledge to plan and manage patients’ care whilst supporting patients and their families. A Clinical Specialist will use knowledge and insight from their experience working with patients to lead on and get involved in service redesign through audit, service evaluation and research, as well as teaching.
- Educator. An Educator role involves formulating and delivering an education programme as well as working alongside clinical staff to teach skills and undertake assessments. The role can include practice development and teaching, educating and supervising staff. An Educator might also teach outside the Trust where they work. An Educator will be a graduate and most likely hold a post-graduate qualification together with a sound clinical background in their speciality area.
- Researcher. A Researcher will devote significant time undertaking research to inform evidence based practice for clinical staff, and may be engaged in clinical trials. These posts are sometimes associated with a clinical academic career. Some researchers are based in university settings rather than within healthcare organisations.
- Clinical Leader / Manager. A Clinical Leader/Manager focuses on improving the quality and safety of care for patients by helping to develop service delivery plans whilst working with staff in a multidisciplinary, multi-agency team that includes patients and service users. They have an awareness of the resources available and using their influence to ensure that resources are used efficiently and safely, and reflect the diversity of needs. Leader/managers also manage staff by providing direction, reviewing performance, motivating others, and promoting equality and diversity.
The good news is that much of the training and work experience you can have while in a Band 5 or Band 6 role is easily transferable – so you can keep your options open and make a decision when the time is right for you about what role you ultimately want.
We have produced a wide range of quality assured education materials for our workforce, students and community education provider networks for the KHP Learning Hub, our innovative e-learning platform. The novel suite of learning materials, which have been developed under the guidance of the Clinical Academic Group (CAG) education and training leads and are all quality assured, is available for all staff and students, with over 50 resources currently available with another 40 in development.