Our preceptorship programme

Supporting newly qualified nurses through our preceptorship programme

A nurse in uniformWe recognise the transition from being a newly qualified nurse to becoming an experienced member of the nursing team can be hard work and a bit daunting. That’s why we developed our preceptorship programme.

Preceptorship is a short-term relationship between a newly qualified member of staff (the preceptee) and an experienced qualified nurse, as the preceptor.

Our programme is designed for newly registered mental health or learning disability nurses who are providing patient care within a clinical setting.

Every newly qualified nurse at our Trust is assigned a preceptor who will be an experienced and knowledgeable practitioner of the same discipline.  The preceptor’s role is to guide you and offer support both professionally and personally throughout your preceptorship. They will also support your learning and development.


A student nurse in uniform

The aims of our preceptorship programme are to:

  • Give you a good start and ensure you are properly inducted into the working environment
  • Develop your confidence as an independent practitioner
  • Increase your job satisfaction, leading to improved patient satisfaction
  • Invest in your future and your career aspirations
  • Give you a sense of commitment to your patients, colleagues and the Trust
  • Develop your understanding of working within the nursing profession and the requirements of regulators, and
  • Develop your personal responsibility for maintaining up to date knowledge.

What’s expected of me?

Picture of Hafsa Sattar

This framework is based on an extension and expansion of the skills and competencies required of a final year student as they move into the role of a new graduate nurse. You will be expected to achieve all the required competencies and objectives within 12 months.

Over the preceptorship period you’ll be expected to demonstrate the ability to work independently, providing competent direct care to patients. Your preceptor and their clinical team will provide support, learning and development opportunities to ensure you can meet the objectives.

In addition to clinical competencies there is a range of additional assessment methods which aim to bring together the preceptorship process and demonstrate we’ve supported you in your learning. All elements of the preceptorship process must be completed before final sign off by the preceptor and team manager.

Hafsa Sattar (pictured) is a Staff Nurse at the Newsam Centre. You can read about her experience of our preceptorship programme.


What you’ll cover

The core objectives during the preceptorship are:
Assessment Skills and knowledge development
Formulation of a care plan Record keeping
Involving patients and carers Medicines management
The care programme approach Leadership


Each month preceptees attend a half-day skills-based workshop, covering the following topics:
Difficult conversations* Community working
Medication management Illicit substance misuse*
Professional conduct Physical health*
Prioritisation and delegation Care programme approach training*
Report writing

* These are joint workshops delivered with allied health professional preceptees.

Receiving support from your peers is invaluable during the transition from newly qualified to experienced nurse.  Therefore you will also attend facilitated half day action learning sets.  These sessions will also include presentations from fellow preceptees as well as other key professionals within the Trust such as our Local Security Manager, our Patient Advice and Liaison Service Manager etc.