Find out more - Practice educators

Who we are

The role of the practice educator is broad and diverse as it entails providing an educational concept for children’s services across the 0-19 teams which incorporates health visiting, school nursing and immunisation teams.

What we do

The practice educator fosters an environment which values education as part of the philosophy of the practice area. The practice educator facilitates student induction and ensures the practice area is conducive for learning. Close links are maintained with academic institutions.

You can find out more about the work our Practice Educators do in the tabs below. 

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Contact us

Healthy Child Programme – Practice Educator, (SCPHN – School Nurse)

Croydon Health Services NHS Trust

12-18 Lennard Road



Work number: 02082746341

Work mobile: 07584886349

Canterbury Christchurch University

This is a training and development opportunity (grow your own) for the band 5 community staff nurses to obtain a public health certificate with Canterbury University. This will act a stepping stone to apply for the Specialist Community Public Health (SCPHN) HV/SN programme.


How to become a nurse

(Nursery nurse/ SNA wants to become a nurse) Training nursing associate programme

How to become a public health nurse (HV, SN, FNP, Imms Nurse) – NHS Careers: Public Health Nurse

Education:  (Training provided) healthy weight and nutrition, child development, building resilience, practice assessor/ supervisor, audits,

Roles in public health | Health Careers

Continued professional development

Continued Professional Development

We also provide funding (allocated by Health Education England) towards the continued personal/professional development (CPPD) of our clinical workforce. Registered health professionals (including nurses, nursing associates, midwives, and some AHPs) are eligible for this funding, which can be used towards conferences, courses and study.

For further information, please contact Jane Manns, Head of Nursing for Practice Development on

Apprenticeship / Nurse Associate Programme

Are you a nursery nurse, healthcare assistant or school nurse assistant?

As an apprentice you’ll be supported by your manager, a training provider and an assigned tutor who will be responsible for answering any of your questions, addressing support needs and checking how you’re getting on with your work and studies.  You’ll also have 20% off the job training to cover attending classes, practical training, learning support, and carrying out research.

Apprenticeship available in Nursing to obtain a qualification to become a nurse associate. This is a two year foundation degree at level 5.

SCPHN Students

Every year we have student health visitors or school nurses who undertake the Specialist Community Public Health course for the year.

Currently they attend Greenwich University for academics and have practice placements with the trust and are allocated a practice supervisor and practice assessor.


The first part of the preceptorship programme is covered at the hospital then you will have a tailored community one focusing on the service you work for (HV,SN, Immunisation, family nurse partnership).

Benefits of preceptorship:

  • Opportunity to consolidate learning and have more exposure of working in their practice
  • Continued professional development
  • Positive emotional well-being of the individual e.g. feeling valued
  • Improved recruitment and retention