At North Bristol NHS Trust, we appreciate that starting in your first qualified post may feel daunting.

We are proud to support the transition from student to qualified through our comprehensive Preceptorship support programme. 

What is preceptorship?

In 2010, the Department of Health defined Preceptorship as:

" A period of structured transition for the newly registered practitioner during which time 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". 

The period following registration as a healthcare professional can be an anxious and challenging time. We all know that good support and guidance during this period is essential. Managing your transition successfully will lead to you providing effective care more quickly, enable you to feel better about your role, and aid your career progression.

The North Bristol NHS Trust Preceptorship programme has been designed to assist you in your transition from student/learner to a registered practitioner in the Trust. It is a six month programme that will help you to develop your professional and reflective skills.


What will preceptorship at North Bristol NHS Trust involve?

The Preceptorship at North Bristol NHS Trust will include:

  • A full induction programme including statutory and mandatory training
  • Support and supervision from a Preceptor in your area to enhance clinical skills and improve patient care and experience
  • Opportunities to complete essential training to contribute to progression through to your next pay increment
  • Links to organisational policy and procedures
  • Links to external regulatory requirements
  • 3 Knowledge Cafe sessions run by Learning and Development and other trainers



What is a 'Knowledge Cafe'?

When you commence your Preceptorship programme, you will be joining a group of other practitioners at different stages on their programme.

Knowledge cafe sessions are your opportunity to discuss work related issues or to develop skills in an area of common interest. Attending these sessions will give you time to explore issues that need to be resolved in an environment which is empowering an which helps you to find a solution, rather than be told what to do. All members of the group also develop skills in listening, reflection, empathy and questioning.

In your group, you will be able to raise problems, ask difficult questions, discuss sensitive issues and share your learning in a supportive environment, secure in the knowledge that what you say remains confidential to the group.

Feedback from staff that have attended our Knowledge Cafes:

"Knowledge cafes helpful in terms of peer support and sharing experiences, comforting to talk to people in the same situation as you"

"Offers a time our of busy wards and gives valuable space for reflection"

"Good opportunity to share feelings with other new starters. An opportunity to reflect on experience so far"