New preceptorship principles

Nurses going over notes

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) has published a set of principles to support organisations and employers to deliver high quality and effective preceptorships for newly qualified nurses, midwifes and nursing associates.

Preceptorships provide a period of structured guidance and support for newly registered practitioners as they make the transition from being a student. They can be used to help welcome and integrate newly qualified professionals into teams and places of work and support them to grow in confidence.

Effective preceptorships have been linked to improved recruitment and retention, and can help to establish reflection and self-identifying development needs as part of ongoing professional practice.

The principles have been developed for professionals who design and oversee preceptorship programmes, those engaged on the programmes, and those who support them. They can be applied to newly registered professionals joining the NMC register, people returning to practise and those coming to work in the UK from within or outside the European Economic Area/EU.

You can download the principles for preceptorship document (pdf) and for further information about preceptorships, visit our preceptorships for newly qualified staff page.

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