Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust offers a 12 month Royal College of Nursing accredited Preceptorship Programme providing support and guidance for newly registered healthcare practitioners, facilitating the transition from student to practitioner.

We recognise that the transition from student to accountable practitioner can be a daunting, as well as exciting time. The Workforce Development team are available to answer any queries about the programme and can help guide and support Preceptees through their first year in practice.

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Your first year of professional practice is a busy time, settling into a new environment and adapting to your new role. This is the time to set up good habits that will enhance your professional practice.

Newly registered practitioners benefit from regular support by experienced practitioners during their first year of practice.  Pivotal to this period of transition will be your ‘Preceptor’ supporting and guiding you, who will be allocated by your line manager.

This relationship is different to your previous relationship with your mentor/assessor/supervisor during pre-registration education. In this situation you are both accountable, registered practitioners and have shared roles and responsibilities as directed in the Preceptorship Policy.

In addition to the corporate induction, clinical mandatory training and local orientation packages you will receive, there is a bespoke Preceptee Development Programme to support your development

Blackpool hospital has recognised the value of our Preceptees and as a result, has created a ground breaking post of a pastoral support coordinator. This coordinator can be seen and approached all over our trust and offers support in a wide range of issues. The pastoral support offers another outlet for our Preceptees to access during times of need and can provide a range of support from conflict resolution to stress management

The Preceptorship Programme comprises of three main components:

  1.  Induction and orientation to the Trust and clinical areas
  2.  Support, supervision and assessment reviews in the clinical area
  3.  Further development of professional skills you have already acquired, also the acquisition of new skills pertinent to your professional development, by attending a series of study/training days.

Your input in supporting our new practitioners is invaluable and we hope you will enjoy this challenging and rewarding experience.