Preceptorship programmes can be hugely beneficial for individuals settling into a role. You may be involved in preceptorship at different points throughout your career, as you begin a job or as you support new starters. Here we outline how it can support the Four Pillars of Practice.
The term preceptorship is defined as: 'a period of structured transition for the newly registered practitioner during which 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.' Department of Health (2010)
- The preceptee is described as an individual who receives support and guidance.
- The preceptor is the individual who provides this support to the preceptee.
Here are some examples of how the work can support the Four Pillars of Practice.
Preceptee: newly qualified graduate
- Demonstrated by setting profession-specific learning objectives relevant to your role with a supervisor. i.e to formulate treatment programmes and rehabilitation goals in conjunction with patients.
- Participating fully in the preceptorship programme by preparing for and attending meetings as scheduled with preceptor
- Completing leadership training in preceptorship workshops
- Completing quality improvement and research skills training in preceptorship programme.
- Completing all organisation and local induction, statutory and mandatory training.
- Attending study days and training to complete preceptorship programme.
- Working collaboratively with preceptor to share reflections and identify learning and development needs.
- Owning your learning and development plan and completing CPD.
- Supporting development of others e.g. students.
The role of the preceptor is an integral part of a successful preceptorship programme. They provide guidance by helping the preceptee gain experience, apply learning and understand the scope and boundaries of their roles. This can also provide a developmental opportunity for preceptors across the four pillars of practice as below.
- Using coaching skills to enable the preceptee to develop both clinically and professionally and to develop confidence.
- Facilitating introductions to colleagues, multidisciplinary staff and others, promoting effective working relationships.
- Completing preceptor training.
- Act a guide in assessing learning needs and setting achievable goals with regular and confidential review.
- Act as a role model a high standard of practice at all times and demonstrate professional values, attitudes and behaviours.
- Using evidence-based practices to encourage critical thinking, quality improvement.