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University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust (UHCW)

Find out from The Practice Development Team at UHCW about how The National Preceptorship Framework was implemented in practice.


What interventions or actions did you put in place to support nurses or midwives?
  • Updated Preceptorship Policy to incorporate recommendations from the national framework.
  • A revised Preceptorship Framework for Newly registered nursing practitioners in line with national framework.
  • Preceptees are enrolled on to a 12-month preceptorship programme consisting of 5 study days.
  • Preceptees receive a minimum of 3 support visits from dedicated preceptorship team.
  • Introduction of Preceptorship champions in all clinical areas reflected on a live database.
  • Additional protected time allocated to each preceptee to complete mandatory training in a timely manner.
  • Interim Quality Mark applied for and achieved.



Why did you decide this was important?
  • Existing policy updated in line with national preceptorship framework reflecting national standards.
  • Preceptorship framework supports newly registered nursing practitioners to consolidate their skills, develop knowledge and confidence.
  • Important for regular contact, being visible and approachable whilst monitoring themes and concerns in practice.
  • Study days delivered by diverse team of specialist nurses and Allied Health Professionals.
  • Important to ensure all clinical areas have dedicated experienced preceptorship champions supporting preceptors in planning/managing preceptees.
  • Additional protected learning to support mandatory training ensuring quality/safety.
  • Achieved Interim Quality Mark – important for validating and ensuring quality of preceptorship programme.



How did you go about it?
  • Preceptorship policy was presented to Nursing and Midwifery Council for approval and dissemination.
  • Preceptorship Framework updated in line with national framework, presented at senior nurse committee.
  • Preceptorship programme devised to aid consolidation of clinical knowledge/skills. Reflecting on current local/national safety issues. Allied Health Professionals and subject experts deliver sessions.
  • Live database of preceptees used to allocate, monitor, and document outcomes of support visits by preceptorship team.
  • All clinical areas nominated Preceptorship Champions captured on a live database.
  • Additional protected time implemented following update and approval of preceptorship policy.
  • Interim Quality Mark – achieved by collating organisational evidence to support application.



How do you know it has been sucessful in supporting colleague's to continue their NHS Career and not leave the NHS?
  • Preceptors have stated they feel more supported and knowledgeable of their role and responsibilities following feedback from preceptor workshops.
  • Positive feedback from preceptees following study days and evaluation at the end of 12 months.
  • Preceptees feel supported by clinical visits from Clinical Education Facilitators.
  • Protected learning time has increased mandatory training compliance leading to improved patient safety.
  • Positive feedback from ward managers following support from Preceptorship team with development plans to manage performance and capability issues.


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

1. Gain support from senior nurses in organisation

2. Join and contribute to a local preceptorship network to share innovations and learnings.

3. Ensure robust collection of data on preceptees to develop reports and monitor themes.