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

Flynn, Jonathan and Jones, Janice (2009) An evaluation of a 6-month preceptorship scheme between the University of Huddersfield and Kirklees Primary Care Trust. Project Report. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, UK. (Unpublished)

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

    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
    H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
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    Depositing User: Sara Taylor
    Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2009 10:38
    Last Modified: 07 Sep 2011 12:39


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