In 2011, the Chief Nursing Officer commissioned the Northern Ireland Practice and Education Council for Nursing and Midwifery (NIPEC) to develop a regional Preceptorship Framework.  A  project steering group was established with membership drawn from a wide range of stakeholders, including the five Health and Social Care Trusts (HSC Trusts), Education Providers, Union Representatives, and  the then Department of Health, Social Services & Public Safety and the Patient and Client Council.

The Preceptorship Framework aimed to ensure a standardised approach to the effective implementation of preceptorship for nurses, midwives and specialist community public health nurse (scphn) and was launched on 7th February 2013. It provided guidance for Northern Ireland employers and managers of Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registrants in the implementation, auditing and evaluation of preceptorship. The Preceptorship Framework comprises of a standard for preceptorship (with an accompanying organisational audit tool and a skill set assessment tool for preceptors.

NIPEC developed and published its Impact Measurement Framework in 2014. The NIPEC Impact Measurement Framework facilitates NIPEC to review the resources it has developed in partnership with key stakeholders, and assess the impact of the resources in relation to the intended outcomes. One of the resources chosen for Impact Measurement by NIPEC in the business year 2016-2017 was the Preceptorship Framework.

To Progress this work a small Impact Measurement Team (IMT) was established in April 2017 to apply the Impact Measurement Framework (IMF) process to the Preceptorship Framework. The Project was completed in October 2017 to view the Final Report and Final Executive Summary click on the links below .

View the Project Plan
View the Action Notes
View the Final Report
View the Final Executive Summary

View the initial project Guiding Principles for Preceptorship

For more information regarding the Project contact Bernadette.gribben@nipec.hscni.net

Contact Information

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Dr Carole McKenna
Senior Professional Officer
Tel: 0300 300 0066
Email: carole.mckenna@nipec.hscni.net
 Bernadette Gribben
 Associate Senior Professional Officer
 Tel: 0300 300 0066
 Email: Bernadette.gribben@nipec.hscni.net