DBTH Preceptorship team shortlisted for Nursing Times Awards

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals’ (DBTH) Preceptorship programme has been shortlisted for this year’s Nursing Times Workforce Awards, under the category of ‘Preceptorship Programme of the Year’.

Designed to bridge the gap between university study and working full-time in a hospital, preceptorship programmes help to develop the newly qualified nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals to refine their skills and familiarise themselves with the role. 

During this transitionary period, colleagues are given structured support from experienced clinicians and are afforded time to learn about best practice, in a setting where everyone else is also at the start of their journey. 

The Preceptorship Programme at DBTH provides a minimum of 12-months of support for newly qualified registrants and those internationally educated. During this period, candidates attend eight study days on a variety of topics, such as patient safety, Leadership, healthy lifestyles. 

Speaking about the nomination, Natalie McCarthy, Education Lead for Clinical Specialties and Preceptorship at DBTH, said: “Being shortlisted for this esteemed award is such an honour and fills me with great pride, underscoring the exceptional efforts of our team and the excellence embedded within our preceptorship program here at DBTH.

“We believe that offering support to newly registered Nurses, Midwives, and Allied Health Professionals throughout their initial 12 months is of paramount importance. This approach ensures a smooth transition and empowers them with the essential support and expertise needed to progress confidently in their newfound roles.”

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of Yorkshire’s leading acute trusts, serving a population of more than 420,000 across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, and the surrounding areas. The Trust provides a wide range of hospital-based services, including emergency and critical care, maternity, cancer, surgical, and medical specialties. 

Karen Jessop, Chief Nurse at DBTH, said: “The first 12 months after qualifying can be a very challenging time for new starters. This is why we believe it is crucial to have a smooth transition in place to ease them in. We believe that our preceptorship programme delivers just that. Not only does it help candidates through their first year, but they are also offered continued support once the programme is completed. 

With 17 categories, the Nursing Times Workforce Summit & Awards recognizes a wide range of achievements within the nursing profession, with the winners announced on Tuesday 21 November.ovember.