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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) defines a preceptorship as 'a period to guide and support all newly qualified practitioners to make the transition from student to develop their practice further'.

Our role

NES, in collaboration with all stakeholders (?), started work on the development of a Scottish Preceptorship Framework in March 2020.

The framework will provide a consistent approach to preceptorship for:

  • newly qualified nurses
  • midwives
  • specialist community public health nurses
  • other new registrants

This will be underpinned by the NMC Principles for Preceptorship and included in Flying Start

This work was paused due to COVID-19 pandemic but will re-commence September 2020, in partnership with key stakeholders.

Flying Start NHS®

Flying Start NHS is the national development programme for all newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHPs), to be completed in the first year of practice.

It is designed to help support the transition from pre-registered student to qualified, confident and capable health professionals with the help of a local facilitator and supporting educational structure.

The programme supports learning and development for all newly qualified practitioners working in all sectors and settings across Scotland, and aims to:

  • develop confidence
  • increase skills
  • increase leadership ability
  • support exploration of values and behaviours
  • support a positive start to career and professional development

More information, or register at Flying Start TURAS


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 

Flying Start TURAS

NMC Principles for Preceptorship

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Last updated: 25/09/2020

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