This October, Kingston Hospital is launching a preceptorship programme for newly qualified allied health professionals (AHPs) starting work at the Trust.
Preceptorship provides a period of structured support and guidance for newly registered healthcare practitioners as they transition from students to professionals and aims to provide colleagues with opportunities to translate their knowledge into everyday practice, supporting their confidence and enabling them to have the best possible start in their careers.
The new programme, which has been developed by Layla Al-Najjar (AHP Preceptorship Lead) aims to:
- Increase recruitment and retention of Band 5 AHPs
- Provide an opportunity for Band 5s across all AHP disciplines to come together and support each other to increase awareness of various AHP roles and promote team working
- Position Kingston Hospital as the best place to work in London for newly qualified AHPs
- Maximise the productivity, happiness and wellbeing of newly qualified AHPs at Kingston Hospital
- Offer specific support and guidance in a safe, friendly environment
Emily Orme, AHP Workforce Supply Project Lead at Kingston Hospital, said: “We are delighted to be launching this new programme for allied health professionals. We have been working with a wide range of staff, running focus groups and researching other similar programmes elsewhere within the NHS, to ensure we can offer the very best opportunities for those starting their careers with us at Kingston Hospital, providing support, teaching and guidance to allow newly qualified practitioners to become confident and autonomous AHPs.”