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.

Return to Guiding Principles for Preceptorship


4th November 2015
Preceptorship - Terms of Reference
The Regional Preceptorship Steering Group has been established so that overarching principles including the development of an audit tool can be agreed to guide employers of Nurses, Midwives, and Specialist Community Public Health Nurses and their managers in the implementation of preceptorship across Northern Ireland.
23rd May 2013
Preceptorship: professional development and support for newly registered practitioners
Preceptorship is one aspect of continuous professional development which is vital to support healthcare professionals in the delivery of safe, effective, person-centred care. This article outlines the various aspects of preceptorship for nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurses in Northern Ireland
5th January 2013
NIPEC Preceptorship Framework
Preceptorship Framework for Nursing, Midwifery and Specialist Community Public Health Nursing in Northern Ireland
4th November 2011
Preceptorship - Project Initiative Plan
Development of Guiding Principles for Preceptorship