New programme provides support and guidance for newly qualified professionals

Newly qualified nursing and allied health professionals joining Virgin Care will get specific support and guidance to assist colleagues during their transition from student to practitioner, as the leading independent provider of NHS and local authority services introduces a new scheme.

The ‘Preceptorship in Practice’ programme – developed by Virgin Care’s training arm, The Learning Enterprise – will give newly qualified colleagues the opportunity to increase confidence in their chosen profession, become an effective team member and ensure their knowledge is up to date..

Over the course of the year, people on the programme will complete 12 modules, collecting evidence of their competency and achievements along the way.

The modules include learning on dealing with conflict and managing difficult conversations, delivering safe care in the real world and quality improvement projects as well as resilience and medicines management training.

Colleagues will be supported on the programme by a ‘preceptor’ – a qualified, experienced colleague working in the same profession.

Tracy Harman, Head of Clinical Education for Virgin Care, said: “We’ve worked hard to put a meaningful programme in place for former students joining Virgin Care that encourages them to strive for excellence to benefit not only their career development but also service users.

“Our new Preceptorship in Practice Programme does just that, while also giving them the support they need to make the transition from student to fully qualified professional much easier.”

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