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We are a teaching hospital – Award-winning preceptorship programme helps our staff thrive

Posted: 14 April 2022

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Our education team gained the Preceptorship of the Year Award at the Nursing Times workforce awards 2020.

This award recognised the multi-professional development programme implemented by our education team to support newly qualified healthcare professionals. The team was shortlisted in the ‘Best Wellbeing and Staff Engagement Initiative’ category that year too.

Preceptorship programmes guide and support newly qualified healthcare staff to transition from student to professional. They also help staff cope with the stresses and challenges that can be hard to manage during the first year as a healthcare professional. And none more so than during the pandemic.

Davinia Rodgers, clinical lead for preceptorship, said: “Preceptorship is an important support mechanism in the transition from student to registered practitioner and is best supported by an experienced practitioner, a preceptor, to develop a student’s confidence as a newly independent professional. We are committed to the preceptorship process and pleased to see the positive impact it has on the wellbeing of our staff.”

  1. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  2. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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