Preceptorship programme


What is Preceptorship?

The term Preceptorship describes ‘a period of structured transition for the newly registered practitioner during which he or she will be supported by a Preceptor, to develop confidence as an autonomous professional, refine skills, values and behaviours and to continue on their journey of life-long learning’(DH, 2010).

Preceptorship is designed to combine learning in the work place with a theoretical component based upon group learning. An effective transition will enable you to feel confident in your role and will help you to find your feet and provide effective care more quickly.

The programme is multi-professional and supports newly registered nurses, midwives, allied health professionals, return to practice practitioners, registrants entering a new part of the register and European/overseas prepared practitioners who register with the NMC / HCPC.

Why do we offer Preceptorship?

  • to promote best practice, to improve patient care and safety
  • to assist with the integration of staff in to the work/clinical setting
  • to help staff apply their knowledge to practice, consolidating their professional identity
  • to assist staff on their professional journey through clear learning objectives
  • to ensure staff are fit to practice
  • to meet the standards set out for healthcare organisations (HEE, 2015)

The Preceptorship programme provides an opportunity for you to:

  • develop confidence
  • benefit from multi-professional learning
  • feel valued and respected
  • be supported by a Preceptor and other colleagues in the clinical area for 12 months
  • apply and develop the knowledge, skills and values already learned
  • develop specific role specific competencies
  • have protected time to undertake the Preceptorship Programme, attend the study days, meet with their Preceptor/Manager and Preceptorship lead as planned
  • reflect on practice and receive constructive feedback
  • become practice supervisor ready
  • compile a Preceptorship portfolio and have the option to APEL the portfolio towards degree / masters credits with the University of Plymouth

If you would like more information on the programme please contact the Clinical Training Team on 01271 311640