Nursing education and training

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05 / 8 / 2016 Midday

Students of today become our future workforce, so delivering high-quality education, placements and preceptorship, results in employers having staff who are ready to deliver the job and types of services needed for patients. 

NHS Employers supports you by providing information on nursing education, preceptorships and developing your support workforce. 

We work with the Department of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) to keep you informed via these pages and our latest news. 


Commitment to quality preceptorships should be a high priority for nursing employers. 

The beginning of a newly qualified practitioner's career can be a challenging time. Initial experiences can shape how they develop in their career. To ensure the best possible start for newly-qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals, a quality preceptorship programme is essential. 

Our preceptorship page contains advice and guidance to help you justify and implement a robust preceptorship programme for your staff.

*Please note, if you are a newly qualified nurse looking for a preceptorship opportunity, this should be discussed with your employer once you have secured a position in an NHS trust. 

Excellence in student nursing placements

A nursing student’s placement is a vital part of their learning experience. Getting it right can contribute greatly to the development of individual students, as well as the team and organisational culture they are working in. Our dedicated web section highlights what some trusts have done to achieve excellence in student nursing placements.

Support workforce

Development of the nursing support workforce means that they are more able to undertake suitable tasks from nurses, freeing up nurses to do what only they can uniquely do. Our support workforce pages contain information about core standards for assistant practitioners, reports on the regulation and role of healthcare support workers and an assistant practitioner toolkit.

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