Paediatric Nurse Trainer
Welbodi Partnership is a UK-registered charity working to reduce maternal and child mortality and morbidity in Sierra Leone. Since 2008, Welbodi Partnership has worked in partnership with hospital management, health facility staff, and the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to improve maternal and child health outcomes in the Western Area of Sierra Leone. We do this through a range of health system strengthening activities, staff training, hospital improvement projects, and community engagement.
Our vision is that all women and children in Sierra Leone will have access to effective essential healthcare services characterised by respect and dignity for all, including patients, communities and staff. Our mission is to build the capacity of the health system in Sierra Leone to reduce the number of women and children who are sick, suffer, or die unnecessarily.
Ola During Children’s Hospital serves a crowded and deprived local population, is in easy reach of around 1 million people (1/7 of the population) and is the only national referral centre for paediatrics. Similarly, Princess Christian Maternity Hospital is the only tertiary referral maternity facility in Sierra Leone and only healthcare facility providing Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal services (C-EmONC) across the Western Area District. Based here, we implement capacity building activities to catalyse improvements in maternal and child care delivery.
For further information, please see: www.welbodipartnership.org
One in eight children in Sierra Leone die before their fifth birthday (UNICEF 2015), mainly from preventable and treatable diseases. A lot of work remains to be done if Sierra Leone is to reach Sustainable Development Goal 3; ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages. Whilst there are interventions which address child health, there are few providing the high-level technical support needed, meaning care remains rudimentary. There is an urgent need for quality tertiary healthcare for children, requiring trained staff and well-equipped facilities to enable clinicians to make appropriate decisions about care.
MAIN PURPOSE OF THE ROLE
Welbodi Partnership is recruiting two Paediatric Nurse Trainers who, under the supervision the Nurse Training Co-ordinator, will collaborate with ODCH management to support its nurse training office. The primary focus of the Paediatric Nurse Trainers will be to implement Welbodi Partnership’s Paediatric Nurse Training Programme in the Ola During Children’s Hospital. The Trainers will strive to improve patient safety and health outcomes for children by increasing both the volume and the quality of Continuing Professional Development among nursing staff. This will be achieved through the staged introduction of CPD modules, whilst also contributing to the development of mechanisms to strengthen the health system and embed a positive learning environment in the hospital.
The Trainers will divide their time between supporting the co-ordination, design, implementation and quality assurance of clinical education through Continuing Professional Development, systems strengthening and also direct engagement in Quality Improvement activities. They will support and mentor ODCH’s Head of Nurse Training, in helping to ensure the continuous implementation of high quality in-service training for nurses. The post-holders will support the MoHS to drive the development of a nationally-recognised accredited postgraduate training programme in paediatric nursing.
- Design and deliver Continual Professional development modules to clinical staff in identified wards.
- Provide clinical support and support best practice in identified wards.
- Co-ordinate and support hospital improvement activities to strengthen staff knowledge, practices, and attitudes.
- Organise educational courses and seminars.
- Liaise with senior nursing staff, the ODCH management team, and workforce to identify training needs and how to address these needs through CPD, on an ongoing basis.
- Support the planning, implementation and evaluation of CPD programmes.
- Support on-going curriculum review and implementation, with a particular focus on strengthening the development of practical skills and implementation of evidence-based practice.
- Support in the delivery of training, education, orientation and induction programmes as agreed with the ODCH Training Office.
- A recognised professional degree in nursing and current professional registration in home country.
- A minimum of 2 years post-qualification experience within a hospital setting and/or teaching environment (achieving a minimum NHS Band 5 (or equivalent)).
- An additional qualification or significant experience in paediatric nursing.
- Experience in delivering nursing education for an academic institution or hospital, with proven results.
- Previous experience of travelling or working in Low or Middle-Income Countries.
- Knowledge of healthcare systems, medical quality management (Quality Improvement/Quality Assurance) and risk management.
- Demonstrated ability to assess needs, design and implement programmes and evaluate results.
- Ability to self-motivate and work autonomously within the scope of the role with minimal supervision.
- Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal communication skills, and demonstrated ability to work collaboratively cross-culturally.
- Passionate about improving nursing standards and a keen interest in Health System Strengthening.
- Absolute commitment to teaching and learning and skills improvement of others. A team player who shows enthusiasm for partnership and improved child mortality and morbidity in Sierra Leone.
- Fluent written and spoken English.
- Certificate Ed, PGCE, MSc or other qualification in education or research.
- Experience of workforce development and systems strengthening.
- Experience in the charity sector and/or in impoverished, post-conflict, or other challenging environments.
- More than 6 months’ work experience within Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Experience of writing donor reports.
- Knowledge of relevant evidence-based approaches to improving maternal, neonatal, and child health, and of national and international strategies and frameworks in these areas.
- Demonstrated financial skills: budget monitoring and financial reporting.
- Fluency in Krio and/or other local languages desirable.
For more information and the full job description, see www.welbodipartnership.org/jobs.
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