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MIDWIFERY BASICS: PRECEPTORSHIP 1. Success at last!


Kerry Taylor

Was a preceptorship support midwife at ELHT and is midwifery lecturer at University of Central Lancashire

Frances Webster-Benwell

Faculty senior educator/midwifery lead

Alice Tindall

Faculty senior educator and midwifery preceptorship lead, both at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust

 (October 2015)


National and professional organisations advocate that employers should provide newly qualified midwives with a structured model of preceptorship. This is to increase confidence and competence, consequently strengthening recruitment and retention. Working alongside a named experienced preceptor further enhances self-belief and ability, although there is a shortage of evidence of this role being formalised within existing preceptorship models and the need and value of a structured approach can also be questioned.
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