Head of Department – Professional Advice, Publications and Education

  • Offered by: The Association for Perioperative Practice
  • Location: Harrogate head office. Hybrid or remote working will be considered for the right candidate.
  • Salary: £50,000 - £60,000
  • Closing date: Post available until filled
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To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to Sarah Grady, sarah.grady@afpp.org.uk



Job Purpose: Support the CEO in achieving Associations strategic objectives to enhance, develop and grow AfPP’s clinical and educational offering.

Reports To: CEO

Direct Reports: Clinical Patient Safety & Quality Lead, Education Lead, JPP & IPP Editorial Assistant

Key Tasks and Responsibilities

 Provide strategic leadership for the department, overseeing professional advice, publications, and educational initiatives.

  • Provide and oversee clinical, ethical, and professional advice (PAS) based on current best practice to support members and the needs of the business including key stakeholders.
  • Identify, develop, and implement a comprehensive content strategy for publications, ensuring high-quality relevant materials.
  • Lead a team of experts to deliver expert advice and guidance to members, stakeholders, and the internal team.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with industry experts, educational institutions, and relevant organisations to enhance departmental offerings.
  • Drive the development and execution of educational programs, workshops, training sessions, educational resources (including posters, toolkits, information leaflets and video), to meet the needs of members.
  • Present educational sessions to AfPP audiences and at external events.
  • Oversee relationships with the editor and publishers of the Journal and the IPP Magazine, negotiating contract amendments and reviews.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure seamless integration of departmental initiatives with overall organisational goals.
  • Manage the department’s budget, allocating resources efficiently to maximise impact.
  • Stay abreast of industry trends, regulations, and advancements to inform the development of timely and accurate content.
  • Foster a culture of continuous learning and professional development within the department.
  • Ensure the delivery of exceptional customer service by maintaining a high standard of quality in all departmental outputs.
  • Lead the clinical team with a professional, personable, and collaborative approach.


  • Extensive experiential knowledge of current best practice in the perioperative environment.
  • Knowledge of practice development and delivery of training and education techniques specific to the perioperative environment.
  • A thorough understanding of current issues facing perioperative practitioners and their continued professional development (CPD) requirements, underpinned by theoretical knowledge and practical experience.
  • An awareness of the developments and trends in the healthcare environment, particularly the policies impacting perioperative practice.
  • Proven experience in assessing training needs, program development, management, and delivery within the healthcare or not for profit sector.
  • Knowledge of content strategy, development, and publication processes.


  • Clear, concise interpersonal communication and presentation skills (written and verbal) with an open style that creates trust and credibility.
  • Ability to build and maintain meaningful and productive professional working relationships at all levels.
  • Ability to work autonomously and within a team to meet business targets, strategic objectives, and standards.
  • Effective time management and ability to manage demanding and complex workloads effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and inspire a team to achieve strategic objectives.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to align departmental goals with organisational objectives.
  • Budget management skills and a results-driven approach to achieve operational targets.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and other relevant packages.


  • Always shows commitment to treating colleagues and customers with respect in line with organisational values.
  • Displays a consistent, positive creative and collaborative approach to work.
  • Shows credibility, professionalism, tact, and diplomacy at all levels.
  • Builds rapport and develops strong internal and external working relationships.
  • Maintains credibility as a valuable source of advice with all users of the association’s services.
  • Shows a strong willingness to learn, develop, adapt, and accept new challenges in a lead capacity.
  • Acts as an ambassador for the Association.
  • Adherence to own regulatory bodies code of conduct (HCPC / NMC).


  • Registered Operating Department Practitioner (RODP) or Registered Nurse (RN) with extensive clinical experience in the perioperative environment.
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or proven track record of commitment to education and training.
  • Evidence of regulatory mandatory training and ongoing continued professional development (CPD).
  • Proven experience in a leadership role

To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to Sarah Grady, sarah.grady@afpp.org.uk

Apply now

To apply for this role, please send your CV and covering letter to Sarah Grady, sarah.grady@afpp.org.uk