Guiding principles for Preceptorship
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) advises that employers of nurses, midwives and
specialist community public health nurses (SCPHNs) provide them with access to professional
support and development in order to promote the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care.
Preceptorship is generally recognised as incorporating elements of teaching, role modelling,
professional socialisation, assessing and orienting the nurse, midwife or SCPHN to the new clinical
environment. This provision of professional support and development can be viewed as a continuum, commencing with mentorship for those undertaking pre-registration programmes; then preceptorship
for new registrants to parts 1,2 or 3 of the NMC Register; and supervision to support the ongoing
development of nurses, midwives and SCPHNs.
NIPEC has established a regional group of key stakeholders, to
develop guiding principles and an audit tool to support the implementation of preceptorship in
organisations employing nurses and midwives. Francis Rice, Executive Director of Nursing, Southern HSC Trust is chairing this regional group which had its first meeting on 4th November 2011. Click here for agenda, initative plan and membership details of the steering group. A sub-group has been established form the membership of the steering group to develop a draft of the guiding principles and audit tool.