12 Month Preceptorship Programme
The Trust recognises that the first year in the career of any registered healthcare staff can be exciting and promising, and that this period also comes with big challenges. Therefore it is crucial that newly registered healthcare staff is given the right support during this pivotal stage in their employment as they make the transition from student to accountable professionals in order to enhance their experience and for them to become improving practitioners.
The RWT Preceptorship Programme has a learner-centred approach wherein the new healthcare staff (preceptee) will take ownership of their preceptorship programme and lead on its implementation.
Preceptorship Programme at a Glance
|Approach ||Delivery and Structure (3 parts) ||Content |
|Learner-centred ||I. Induction ||Corporate, Nurse and Midwifery and Local |
|II. Interprofessional Learning - 5 study days (5x a year): |
- Making the Transition
- Learning to LEARN at work
- Interprofessional Collaboration
- Leadership and Quality Improvement
- Patient in Deterioration: A Practical Approach to Early Detection and Management
|Preceptorship elements (Health Education England, 2017): |
- Career Development
- Dealing with Conflict/Managing difficult conversations
- Delivering Safe Care
- Emotional Intelligence
- Quality Improvement
- Safe staffing/raising concerns
- Team working
|III. Profession Specific Learning - Implementation of the Individualised Learning and Development Plan ||Learning plan in their work area. |
Access and working alongside preceptors.
Provision of learning resources.
Identification, creation and facilitation of learning opportunities.
The programme also aims to recognise the value of preceptors as they are a key factor in influencing the development and experience of newly registered healthcare staff. Achievement of this status will entail the commitment of managers/team leaders to facilitate the fulfilment of this role. Preceptors are highly experienced practitioners who actively provide positive support, and create environments conducive to learning, teaching, coaching, reflection, and debriefing. To achieve preceptor status, one must have undertaken training in effective teaching and coaching skills, and have the competence to conduct learning needs analyses and create developmental action plans.
Preceptorship will also recognise the significance of the experience of staff that has recently completed their first year of employment. These are the former preceptees who will provide peer support to new preceptees and offer valuable supportive understanding to them, and also, for former preceptees to begin working towards achieving preceptor status in the future.
The RWT Preceptorship Programme is open to:
International Healthcare Staff (i.e. overseas nurses)
Occupational Therapists (OT)
Operating Department Practitioners (ODP)
Prosthetists and Orthotists
Return to Practice (RtP) Healthcare Staff
Speech and Language Therapists (SLT)
For any enquiries, please contact:
RWT Preceptorship Lead