The beginning of a newly qualified practitioner's career can be a challenging time. Initial experiences can shape how they develop in their career. To ensure the best possible start for newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, a quality preceptorship programme is essential.
A preceptorship should be a structured period of transition for the newly qualified nurse, midwife or allied health professional when they start employment in the NHS. During this time, he or she should be supported by an experienced practitioner (a preceptor), to develop the confidence of the newly qualified nurse as an independent professional, and to refine their skills, values and behaviours. Having expert support, and learning from best practice in dedicated time gives a foundation for lifelong learning and allows nurses to provide effective patient-centred care confidently.
Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust currently offers a robust and supportive Preceptorship programme for all newly-qualified clinicians within the following staff groups:
- Nursing Associates
- Occupational Therapists
- Health Visitors
- School Nurses
- Individuals who have completed a Return to Practice programme
We also offer Preceptorship to experienced clinical staff who may require support to transition across to a new area of practice.
The Trust’s Preceptorship programme lasts for 12 months and during this time, you will be supported by the Trust’s Preceptorship & Practice Facilitator, be allocated a preceptor in your workplace (an experienced member of staff who can offer you regular support), as well as attending dedicated Preceptorship study days and work towards completing competencies in your place of work. This programme is designed to help you gain increased confidence and competence, to ensure your transition phase from student to healthcare practitioner is as smooth and supportive as possible.
The Preceptorship study days are inclusive for all staff groups, for individuals to network with other preceptees in a multi-professional forum. Content of the study days include:
- Career development
- Dealing with conflict/managing difficult conversations
- Delivering safe care
- Emotional intelligence
- Quality improvement
- Safe staffing/raising concerns
- Team working
- Medicines management (where relevant)
- Interprofessional learning and working
- Human factors
For further information regarding Preceptorship within Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, please contact Tom Challacombe – Preceptorship & Practice Facilitator, via firstname.lastname@example.org or 07748 646147.