Role of facilitators in delivering high quality practice education
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Role of facilitators in delivering high quality practice education

Chris Sykes Practice education facilitator, NHS Midlands and East, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire
Wendy Durham Practice educator, Hinchingbrooke Hospital education centre, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
Pauline Kingston Senior lecturer and education champion, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge

Chris Sykes and colleagues discuss the contribution of educators in developing education programmes and in providing support in the clinical learning environment

Investment in the professional development of the nursing workforce is essential to enhance patient safety, quality of care, personal development and lifelong learning. When resources are scarce, however, education spending is often the first cost saving and this can reduce quality of care. This article explores the role of education facilitators, who are central to strategic representation of practice education issues, delivery of training and development, determining training needs, and the development of relevant education programmes. In addition, they provide support for mentors, practice educators and clinicians.

Nursing Management. 19, 9, 16-22. doi: 10.7748/nm2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 09 August 2012

Accepted: 22 October 2012

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