Newly qualified nurses and allied health professionals (AHPs) can be assured their careers get off to a flying start at Oxford Health.

Our Flyer Programme, which provides evidence-based support and guidance to all newly registered nurses and AHPs, has been awarded a quality mark by CapitalNurse – making us the first trust outside of London to receive the accolade. CapitalNurse are Health Education England exemplar preceptorship framework for the UK.

Preceptorship supports all newly qualified practitioners to make the transition from student and helps develop people’s confidence as an independent professional, combined with refining skills, values and behaviours.

In the first year participants receive seven days’ of training and support on topics such as leading care, patient safety and action learning. Participants have the option to accredit this year and gain 20 credits at Masters level via Oxford Brookes University.

The second year continues action learning and professional development, with signposting and careers discussions to provide staff individualised career pathways.

Kate Riddle, deputy director of nursing, nursing and clinical standards, said “I am delighted the Flyer programme has been recognised with such an honour that demonstrates the high quality support our newly qualified nurses and AHP staff can all expect to receive. Our Flyer programme provides them with a foundation for life-long learning, allowing them to confidently provide the very best patient-centred care in whatever their chosen career pathway is within our trust.”

The next cohort of preceptees will begin their courses in March. If you have any questions or would like to find out more, please email preceptorship.admin@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk