An evaluation of a 6-month preceptorship\ud scheme between the University of Huddersfield\ud and Kirklees Primary Care Trust

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Flynn, Jonathan ; Jones, Janice ; Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority ; Kirklees Primary Care Trust
  • Publisher: University of Huddersfield
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a) General Summary\ud This report was funded by the Yorkshire & Humber Strategic Health Authority and is an\ud evaluation of a 6-month preceptorship scheme involving a collaboration between the\ud University of Huddersfield & Kirklees Primary Care Trust. The report presents findings\ud from both the preceptee’s and mentor’s involved in this scheme. It presents the findings,\ud limitations and conclusions of the scheme.\ud b) Preceptee Summary\ud The preceptorship scheme was particularly beneficial to the band 5’s who had been out\ud of employment for a significant period of time. The facilitated preceptorship sessions had\ud provided the band 5’s with opportunities to develop a peer support network, enhance\ud their knowledge base to apply to clinical work and develop their portfolios in line with the\ud Knowledge & Skills Framework (KSF).\ud The community settings where the bands 5’s were placed provided challenging\ud environments. They had the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge outside the\ud boundaries of secondary care settings. However they concluded their preference was to\ud work initially post qualification in secondary care settings; where they perceived greater\ud professional security was provided alongside the opportunity to develop essential core\ud skills and a wider knowledge base for future practice.\ud c) Mentor Summary\ud The mentors identified the preceptorship scheme as a positive initiative but it was not\ud without its challenges. The term ‘preceptorship’ was not a familiar phrase for several\ud mentors and the expectations of the scheme were not entirely clear to all mentors. The\ud speed in which the scheme was implemented threw up its own challenges, however the\ud mentors were able to absorb this and largely take it in their stride.\ud It was identified that some areas were more difficult than others for band 5’s to work\ud within and left them potentially at more risk. To facilitate the presence of band 5’s within\ud the community the mentors advised that specific formal training for both mentors and\ud preceptee’s would be needed. To ensure the right skill mix and aid selection and\ud retention, the mentors thought that a cross-rotational system sampling equally from\ud secondary and primary care would be extremely beneficial. All mentors were in\ud agreement that the preceptorship had certainly improved the confidence of the\ud preceptee’s. Finally a number of concerns ranging from restructuring of banding levels,\ud fears around quality and delivery of care and the burden that additional training may\ud bring were raised.
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