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Foundation Programme for nurses, midwives and allied health professionals

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008) recommend that all new 'registrants' have a period of 12 month preceptorship when they start employment. In response to the Registered Nurse education and training challenges nationally, we have created a dedicated corporate education training team which brings a wealth of experience to support staff with different learning needs.

The corporate education team work with clinical staff in your areas, such as Practice Development Nurses, to support new starters within a positive learning environment.

The components required for creating an encouraging and professional learning environment are:

  • regular clinical supervision
  • named support person (Preceptor)
  • a wide range of e-learning resources
  • portfolio support
  • structured skills based training.

Clinical Supervision is facilitated, structured group reflection, set in a strictly confidential and non-judgemental environment. Empirical and anecdotal evidence demonstrates that this method of inter-professional peer and facilitator support improves confidence, morale and job satisfaction. Clinical Supervision is arranged at regular intervals throughout the Preceptorship year.

Image illustrating the four key elements of support given to our registered nurse new starters:

  • structured clinical supervision;
  • support with Personal Development Plans;
  • portfolio guidance;
  • one to one PDN / clinical educator support.

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