Deputy Clinical Manager - Competence Test Centre

University of Northampton
November 20, 2023
Offerd Salary:£44,263 - £54,395
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Contract Type:Fixed Term until 19
Working Time:Part time
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Deputy Clinical Manager - Competence Test Centre

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Part Time Fixed Term


£44,263 - £54,395 per annum, pro rata


University Innovation Centre

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  • About The Job

    Part Time: 22.2 hours per week - Fixed Term until 19 February 2025

    Interview Date: 5 December 2023

    We are recruiting a part time (0.6 FTE) senior nurse or midwife to support the Clinical Manager in the leadership and management of the Competency Test Centre which offers the OSCE Test of Competence (TOC) and other exams to Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) seeking entry to the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) register.

    This is an exciting opportunity for a senior nurse or midwife with operational leadership experience to work collaboratively with the Clinical Test Centre Manager and the other Deputy Clinical Manager directing a large team of lead assessors, clinical assessors, actors, and support staff (eg. OSCE administrator / technician, invigilators) in the streamlined delivery of simulated TOC exams ensuring an excellent candidate experience and a high- quality service is always maintained.

    The CTC is a welcoming, inclusive workplace with a diverse workforce. We care and are committed to staff professional development. You will benefit from a structured induction programme, annual appraisal to help identify career aspirations, access to an extensive programme of in-house and Linked-In courses. You will also be supported through a mentoring, shadowing and coaching approach along with mandatory and more formal training.

    The CTC is part of the University of Northampton. It performs an important function and has a national social impact. The CTC facilitates NMC registration of around 10, 000 IENs and midwives annually, allowing them to enter the UK healthcare workforce and directly contribute to patient care nationally.

    The post holder will:

  • Deputise and provide support for the clinical manager in all clinical and operational matters at the CTC.
  • Lead in the smooth operational day to day management of the CTC in meeting the requirements of the NMC contract.
  • Attend meetings with other test centres, the OSCE course developers and other stake holders.
  • Lead on quality provision of the end-to-end candidate journey including the quality assurance of the OCSE delivery and results.
  • Effectively manage the appeals and complaints process within the given time frame of the NMC contract.
  • Support the lead assessors in the exam moderation process and matters related to the candidate journey.
  • Co-ordinate the staff development and training for all members of the Clinical team.
  • The post holder will work in partnership with the existing deputy manager and will provide sessional support at alternate weekends.

    The contract is fixed term , in line with the duration of the current test centre NMC contract which ends February 2025.

    About You

    This post is suitable for senior nurses, or midwives who have the knowledge, skills and experience in leading multi-professional clinical teams, and the potential skills required for working with OSCEs and similar clinical exams.

    The post holder should:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the NMC Standards for Nurses, Midwives and Nursing Associates, and the requirements for those seeking entry to the NMC register
  • Have an ability to communicate at a professional level with stakeholders; such as the NMC, Trust employers, and candidates; along with exam delivery partners from other test centres, and test developers at meetings in line with the post
  • Have current experience and competence in Nursing or Midwifery clinical practice
  • Be able to contribute to the development of exam materials for OSCE assessment
  • Provide a supportive approach when managing team members in the performance of their roles and responsibilities
  • Demonstrate skills in using appropriate media including IT, and online learning platforms
  • Provide support and guidance to customers such as exam candidates and their Practice Educators
  • Have significant experience in team building and mentoring
  • Develop collaborative relationships, within the institution and externally
  • Have experience in contribution to development and achievement of quality standards and taken part in initiatives to improve quality
  • Qualifications


  • First degree in relevant subject
  • Current NMC registration relevant to the field of practice
  • Desirable:

  • Post-Graduation qualification in a related subject
  • Teaching qualification (e.g PGCTHE) Nursing and Midwifery recordable teaching qualification
  • Competence Test Centre (CTC)

    The CTC is part of the Faculty of Health, Education and Society.

    We offer tests of competence which measures candidates against the current UK pre-registration standards for nursing, midwifery and nursing associates.

    Standards for nurses - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

    Standards for midwives - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

    Standards for nursing associates - The Nursing and Midwifery Council (

    The distinct fields of practice tested includes: Adult, Child, Learning disabilities, Mental health, Midwifery and Nursing Associates.

    The CTC has expanded its facilities, and offers purpose built examination facilities for international candidates; centrally located in the heart of Northampton, opposite to the railway station.

    About Us

    Come to the University of Northampton and you will see that we do things a bit differently.

    We are one of the youngest universities in the UK but we are already leading the way in adding value to society, which we call social impact. We have won multiple awards for our work in this area, among others, but what matters the most to us is ensuring that our students and graduates have the opportunity to make their mark on the world too. That's why we were the first university in the UK to be named as a Changemaker Campus in 2012.

    We want to break the mould of what Higher Education can be. This has led us to build a whole new University from the ground up that is designed to reflect the way that students actually learn rather than the way they are expected to learn. Waterside Campus opened in September 2018.

    Our commitment to transforming lives and inspiring change is at the heart of all that we do.

    Right To Work

    All candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK at interview.


    We welcome applications from underrepresented groups.

    The University of Northampton is committed to providing a vibrant, ethical and sustainable work, study and living environment that values equality, diversity and inclusion.

    This commitment, along with our legal and moral obligations, provides an inclusive environment for staff, students and the public who may be affected by our activities.

    Together @ UON confirms our commitment to equality and inclusion, underpinned by our belief in taking action. We are dedicated to creating an environment that celebrates equality and harnesses the power of diversity.

    Together @ UON demonstrates our pledge to our staff, students and partners to nurture and develop an environment where equality and inclusion can thrive whilst we Transform Lives and Inspire Change.

    To find out more, please visit: https: // www. us/governance-and-management/management/equality-and-diversity/

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