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Trainee Consultant Practitioners

Health Education Thames Valley offers a number of Trainee Consultant Practitioner (TCP) Fellowships. The main purpose of these fellowships is to develop the TCP role across a variety of healthcare settings to help utilise a non-medical workforce and build a culture of improved outcomes for both the patient and the clinician. The Education Outcomes Framework (EOF) and Health Education England’s (HEE) approach to quality will directly link education and learning to improvements in patients’ outcomes and will help address variation in standards and ensure excellence in innovation through high quality education and training.

What is a Consultant Practitioner?

Consultant Practitioner roles are the pinnacle of the clinical career framework, and represent both clinical excellence and academic capability.  Individuals in these posts in all fields of practice, clinical speciality, setting and service are expected to provide inspirational clinical leadership in order that patient services are of exceptional quality and are modern and fit for today’s diverse and aspirational NHS.  Each post is structured around four core functions that exemplify the role:

1          Expert Practice

2          Professional leadership and consultancy

3          Education, training and development

4          Practice and quality service development through research and evaluation.


Health Education England Thames Valley will work with applicants to ensure that they are appropriately supported and networked during this exciting opportunity, to influence the direction of clinical training and have a direct and measurable impact on improving the quality of both patient and trainee outcomes.  


Applicants will need to demonstrate a keen interest in the development of a non-medical workforce within a range of specialities (including emergency care, mental health and learning disabilities, children and young people, cardiovascular, midwifery, frailty), patient safety, leadership, education and research & development.


Some guiding principles to consider are:

Engagement with clinicians

Increased awareness of Trainee Consultant Practitioner role and disseminating this to other parties within each trust.

Measurable outcomes

Project completion

Support from Line Manager, Medical /Nursing Director, Dean or Chief Executive of an NHS organisation


Applications coming soon will be for the following Fellowships supporting patient care and experience and the NHS England mandate areas of:

Children and Young People

Fellowship start dates in 2017 for up to 2 years: TBC

Closing date for applications: TBC


If you require further information on this opportunity, please contact:

Juliet Thorogood, Quality Improvement Lead – Innovation and Research, Health Education England Working across Thames Valley




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