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Our preceptorships

When you join our Preceptorship Programme, you’ll gain valuable skills and experience in your first qualified role as a healthcare professional.

You’ll be an active member of our teams, by helping our patients manage their health needs on their care journey. You’ll also have the support you need for your own personal development in your first year of clinical practice.

You’ll be joining a programme that has been awarded the National Preceptorship Quality Mark, in one of the UK’s leading Mental Health and Community Hospital Trusts as we recently achieved a CQC rating of Outstanding.

Take a look at our opportunities and our preceptorship guides and get in touch.

Read our Welcome to our Preceptorship Programme leaflet (pdf)

Our programme provides excellent development support, including:

  • Training for your role
  • Opportunities to get involved in initiatives with our partner organisations
  • Preceptee Development sessions, to help you gain valuable knowledge and time to reflect along with other healthcare professionals
  • Support from a preceptor from your work base
  • Development workbook, so you can record your progress and share your achievements
  • Regular access to the Clinical Education Team who will guide you through your preceptorship year

You can join our programme if you are a newly qualified nurse, nursing associate, or allied health professional (AHP) and you are a member of staff at Berkshire Healthcare. If you’re interested in applying for a newly qualified role, or you know someone that is, read our preceptorship leaflet.

Once you have joined the trust, your manager should contact our preceptorship lead informing them of your recent start at Berkshire Healthcare.

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Contact Us

Get in touch to find out more

Email preceptorship2@berkshire.nhs.uk

Email clinicalpracticeeducators@berkshire.nhs.uk

Based a short journey away from the centre of Reading, Prospect Park Hospital provides is a place of nurture and compassion for our mental health patients. Our Mental Health Inpatient service consists of four adult acute, one specialist dementia, one functional older adults ward, one PICU and a Place of Safety.

We also have a library on site, which offers a wide range of resources to help you study and research.  

Prospect Park Preceptorship for Mental Health Nurses

We provide extra preceptorship support for Newly Qualified Mental Health Nurses working at Prospect Park Hospital.

From your first induction to your daily shifts, we’ll provide you with the development you need to help our patients and progress your career:

  • Leadership development programmes
  • Career clinics
  • Involvement in working parties and steering groups
  • Job shadowing
  • Full induction week
  • Local and Trust wide Preceptee networks
  • Over 100 free training and development opportunities via our staff Nexus eLearning system
  • Six development days

We may also be able to offer secondments and apprenticeships.

Find out more about our apprenticeship opportunities

Space group sessions

The monthly sessions are run by our Nurse Consultant and People Manager, and provide an opportunity for reflection and to catch up with your colleagues, as well as valuable training, including:

  • Place of safety function
  • The Duty Senior Nurse role
  • Risk & safety planning
  • Insight into PICU
  • Appraisal preparation & Career planning
  • Mental health Act in operation
  • Capacity assessment competence
  • Wound Care
  • MHA tribunal report writing

National Preceptorship for Nursing Interim Quality Mark 2023

We are proud to have been awarded the National Preceptorship Interim Quality Mark from NHS England in recognition of our Preceptorship Programme.

To achieve this award, we were required to meet numerous core and gold standards which were assessed by a national panel.

This quality mark is specifically for nursing, but as our programme is multi-professional, we will be applying for the full quality mark once the Allied Health Professional Principles of Preceptorship are published later in 2023.