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Being a preceptor for a healthcare professional to support their transition into your team is a vital and important role.

As an experienced healthcare professional your role is to help your preceptees to:

  • Transition into your team and their new role
  • Identify their strengths and areas of development
  • Identify opportunities for learning and development
  • Progress and develop into a confident and autonomous practitioner
  • Recognise the limits of their competence and seek help as appropriate
  • Reflect on their learning
  • Successfully complete their preceptorship period

In order to do this, you do not need to have undergone any formal preceptorship training, although you may have completed a mentorship programme or similar. However the skills you will need to support your preceptees are not identical to those needed to support a student or trainee. You will need to be:

  • An experienced healthcare professional with a minimum of 2 years in the practice area
  • A reflective practitioner
  • Able to set clear and achievable objectives
  • Able to deliver constructive feedback sensitively
  • Have effective communication skills, especially listening skills
  • Skilled at time management and prioritisation
  • Willing to share your knowledge and experience
  • Committed to the process of preceptorship
  • Highly skilled in delivering care
  • An inspirational role model

Some NHS organisations deliver in-house preceptorship preparation. To find out if this is available in your area you should contact your organisational preceptorship lead (list of leads across Yorkshire and the Humber is available below). If your organisation is not listed, please contact your line manager for further advice. 

The Yorkshire and the Humber preceptorship group has also developed a ‘Preceptorship Preparation Workbook’ which you mind find useful. (See bottom of page)

If you have any general queries around preceptorship in Yorkshire and the Humber please contact nursing.yh@hee.nhs.uk

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