Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust

Implementing the national preceptorship framework

What interventions or actions did you put in place to support nurses or midwives?

We put in multiple interventions to help support the transition of the newly qualified midwives onto the preceptorship programme.

Meet and greet coffee morning with a variety of Senior leadership team, ward managers, specialist midwives and education team prior to the commencement of preceptorship programme.

Acorn badges provided to preceptees to signify to all staff members that they are newly qualified and may need extra support in clinical practice. (This initiative has now adopted by the whole trust).

Preceptor team (clinical midwives supporting in practice), and buddy system, (last cohort of preceptees supporting current cohort).

Preceptorship study days including outside speakers.

Clinical skills days prior to each rotation including suturing with medical meat and cannulation.

Support and allocated time for Restorative Clinical Supervision from PMA team.

Whatsapp group for access to lead preceptorship midwife and peer support.

Why did you decide this was important?

It was felt it was important to make sure the preceptees feel part of the team from the very start of their programme so they met various members of the team at the meet and greet.

The aim was to provide as much support as possible to the preceptees in and out of the clinical areas which included the preceptor team, buddies, education team and PMA team. Having a WhatsApp group meant they could have queries answered by the lead midwife for preceptorship quickly to relieve anxiety.

Providing extra study days also provided knowledge and skills to equip the preceptees for practice.

How did you go about it?

Planning all study days, inviting outside speakers and specialist midwives to add value to teaching.

Ordering acorn badges for preceptees to have ready for clinical practice.

Providing training to preceptor team on how to effectively support preceptees and complete paperwork.

How do you know it has been sucessful in supporting colleague's to continue their NHS Career and not leave the NHS?

100% retention of two cohorts of Band 5 midwives during their preceptorship programme.

What 3 suggestions would you make to colleagues considering implementing similar change?

1. Gain support and involvement from a variety of people including senior leadership team, PMA’s, education team, clinical midwives and specialist midwives to provide holistic support to the preceptees.

2. Consider implementing the acorn initiative by ordering enamel acorn badges prior to the start of the preceptorship programme and raise awareness amongst clinical staff.

3. Create whatsapp group for preceptees including any appropriate staff members to allow for quick and easy access to support and answer questions. This also helps the group to provide each other with peer support.