End-point Assessor for Nurse Degree Apprenticeships (external appointments)

Opening Date:
24 Dec 2021
Closing Date:
21 Jan 2022
Salary Range:

An exciting opportunity has arisen to support key activity carried out in the dynamic and vibrant Faculty of Nursing Midwifery and Health at Northumbria University. We are looking to make external appointments to engage End Point Assessors (EPA) to carry out independent end-point assessment activity in accordance with the conditions, timescales and arrangements set by Northumbria University as the End-point Assessment Organisation and the assessment plan for the Nursing (RNDA) apprenticeship standard in the fields of Adult and Children.


The externally appointed Assessors will support our quality assurance processes with integrated apprenticeship standards. By the nature of the apprenticeship structure, assessors must be independent of the teaching, learning and management of the on-programme apprentice experience.

Assessment activity will run over a 3-year period, assessors will operate under an annual agreement. We have multiple intakes each year and need to ensure flexibility of the assessment activity across the academic year to ensure that the apprentice end point assessment occurs within the standard duration.

The activities of an EPA will be to;

  • Review and confirm evidence relating to the specific EPA criteria and involvement in the EPA process as defined in the relevant Apprenticeship Standard Assessment Plan.
  • Provide detailed, appropriate feedback to support EPA processes and attend professional discussions/panel meetings and other EPA as appropriate to the standard.
  • Confirm independence and impartiality of the process.
  • Confirm maintenance of nationally comparable standards across HE institutions.
  • Attend Award Boards associated with the listed programme(s) and confirm successful apprentices with award classifications in accordance with Northumbria University Assessment Regulations.
  • Contribute to external quality assurance where appropriate.
  • Maintain registration with professional bodies as appropriate to the apprenticeship standard.
  • Work with Nurses and academic teams, demonstrating a high level of integrity, confidentiality and professionalism.

Essential criteria of the individual undertaking the activity is:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the standard and assessment plan.
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK sector agreed reference points to maintain academic standards and assurance of quality.
  • Be independent of the apprentice, EPAO or employing organisation who are involved in delivering the apprenticeship.
  • Relevant academic/professional qualifications to the level of qualification being externally examined, and/or extensive practitioner experience where appropriate.
  • Sufficient standing, credibility and breadth of experience within the discipline to be able to command the respect of academic/professional peers.

To support individuals in their effectiveness in delivering the required activity, attendance of appointed EPAs at a briefing session early 2022 will be required. Further briefing sessions may also be required periodically following any changes to apprenticeship standards or national guidance from OFSTED, ESFA and Professional Body.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Julie Derbyshire.

To express your interest in these opportunities please send your CV to Julie.derbyshire@northumbria.ac.uk by 21 January 2022