Role of clinical practice educators in an integrated community and mental health NHS foundation trust
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Role of clinical practice educators in an integrated community and mental health NHS foundation trust

Jane Hampson Lecturer in nursing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England
Hazel Gunning Clinical practice educator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, England
Louise Nicholson Clinical practice educator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, England
Carol Gee Modern matron, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, England
Dawne Jay Clinical practice educator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, England
Gerry Sheppard Clinical practice educator, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford, England

Clinical practice educators (CPEs) aim to provide support and education to clinical staff and students to improve their professional practice. This article examines the work of a team of six CPEs, who were employed by one large integrated mental health and community health NHS foundation trust that incorporates both mental and physical health services. It explores how the role of the CPE can have positive effects on clinical settings, and can improve the provision of evidence-based care for clinical staff and students on placement in the trust. The article provides examples of the work undertaken by the CPE team and considers the plans for its future development.

Nursing Standard. 32, 7,49-55. doi: 10.7748/ns.2017.e10729

Correspondence

clinicalpracticeeducators@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 24 October 2016

Accepted: 17 May 2017