A structured period of transition guided by a preceptor – an experienced practitioner – is necessary for any newly qualified health professional starting employment. This programme is designed to develop the knowledge and skills needed to act as a preceptor to guide a newly qualified healthcare professional.
Transitioning from learner to registered professional is a crucial part of the developmental journey of all health and social care professionals. This journey, known as ‘preceptorship’ needs to be supported in a structured, professional and individualised way. Preceptors are a key part of a structured support programme for newly registered professionals entering employment; giving them guidance and confidence in the development of their roles. As part of the National Preceptorship Standards, all preceptors are required to have “undertaken training and education that is distinct from mentorship preparation.”