Jump to content
Careers at East Cheshire NHS Trust
Logo: East Cheshire NHS

Preceptorship for Nurses, Midwives and Allied Healthcare Professionals

East Cheshire NHS Trust has an emerging multi-professional Preceptorship framework in place, to ensure newly qualified healthcare professionals receive the support and development they need at the start of their careers so they can provide the best care possible.

East Cheshire Trust is committed to supporting newly qualified registered health professionals; Return to Practice healthcare practitioners; ‘Back to the floor’ healthcare practitioners; International recruits entering the NMC register, and those entering a new field of practice; new and emerging roles including Nursing Associates and Physicians Associates.

Preceptorship will assist practitioners to make a smooth transition to enable them to be confident and competent autonomous professionals (DOH 2011). The length of Preceptorship should be a minimum of 6 -12 months, which falls in line with national recommendations DH (2010)

Preceptorship is defined by the DH (2010) as:

‘A period of structured transition for the newly registered practitioner during which he or she will be supported by a preceptor, to develop their confidence as an autonomous professional, refine skills, values and behaviours and to continue on their journey of life-long learning’


  • To provide a supportive orientation programme to newly qualified staff
  • To support individuals within their new environment or role change
  • To consolidate competencies and prior learning
  • To facilitate reflection, support, teaching and the development of clinical competencies
  • To enable staff to develop personally and professionally
  • To facilitate the development of professional behaviour


  • The development of a competent practitioner providing high standards of care at all times
  • Development of practitioners who are politically aware of changes and developments within the NHS and the Trust
  • The enhancement of competent and confident practitioners within a specified time frame
  • The promotion of reflective practitioners and maintenance of individual professional portfolio
  • To enable individuals to identify all future learning and development to progress their career

Supporting Competency

Preceptorship requires the attainment of competency within a number of defined Domains of Learning; operational learning (by comprehensive inductions and mandatory training), transitional skills learning and a clinical skills programme appropriate to your field of practice.



Related pages

Logo: CHKS Most Improved Client Award Winner - 2018 Logo: disability confident leader Logo: Changing Culture Award Winner - 2018 Logo: CHKS Top Hospitals Award Winner - 2019

© 2022 East Cheshire NHS Trust