Following extensive collaboration with the 10 SHAs, student groups and other stakeholders through the national reference group, the Preceptorship Framework for Nursing was launched at the CNO Summit in November.
There will now be a two-month period of stakeholder engagement to explore the potential to extend the framework to midwifery and other non-medical professions, and to generate wider feedback on the framework.
Another part of the ongoing work is to trial NHS Scotland’s online preceptorship programme, Flying Start. There are currently 30 organisations signed up to participate in the pilot of this purpose-built, web-based blended learning programme, which has been tailored for use in England.
An evaluation of the pilot will occur in the New Year, with results informing whether it could be rolled out across the country to supplement the Preceptorship Framework.
‘This has been a really exciting opportunity to develop the guidance and influence its final shape to meet the needs of newly registered nurses’ says Maggie Bayley, Assistant Director of Nursing, NHS West Midlands who, on behalf of the DH, led the process to produce the framework.
‘The framework provides a structure and approach that will support NHS organisations and their senior nurses to review and develop their local preceptorship processes.
‘This will mean that new nurses are better able to make the transition to confident practitioner, developing their individual confidence to deliver their role and enhance the patient experience.’