Midwifery preceptorship: The next chapter
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Research has found that, while newly qualified midwives are competent to practise, they would benefit from preceptorship programmes providing a structured, supportive culture to enable them to develop their confidence to become autonomous, accountable practitioners (Avis et al, 2013). Structured preceptorship programmes support newly qualified midwives to enhance their clinical skills and develop their care planning and managerial skills, along with helping to socialise them into the workplace (Feltham, 2014).
The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC, 2006: 1) defines preceptorship as ‘providing support and guidance enabling ‘new registrants’ to make the transition from student to accountable practitioner, to practise in accordance with the NMC (2015)Code and develop confidence in their competence as a nurse, midwife or specialist community public health nurse.
To facilitate this, the new registrant should have learning time protected in their first year of qualified practice, and access to a preceptor with whom regular meetings are held.
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