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 the 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 established a regional group of key stakeholders, to develop a Preceptorship Framework comprising standards, audit tool and self assessment tool for Preceptors. The Framework is designed to support the implementation of Preceptorship in organisations employing nurses and midwives. Francis Rice, Executive Director of Nursing, Southern HSC Trust chaired the regional group which had its first meeting on 4th November 2011.

Click here for agendas, initiative plan and membership details of the Steering Group. A sub-group was established from the membership of the Steering Group to develop the Framework which was launched on 7th Februrary 2013. NIPEC developed a website to support the implementation of the Preceptorship Framework -

In the December edition of the Journal of Perioperative Practice, NIPEC Senior Professional Officer, Cathy McCusker had an article published, click below to read the article.

Journal of Perioperative Practice

Go to Guiding Principles for Preceptorship Documents

Contact Information

Cathy McCusker
Senior Professional Officer
Tel : 0300 300 0066