Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Preceptorship Programme Opportunity

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Preceptorship Programme Opportunity

The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT) is one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in the UK and has a national and international reputation for the excellence of their services and their role in teaching and research. The Trust is made up of four hospitals – the John Radcliffe, Churchill, Horton General and the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre. The hospital’s education training programmes will enable you to develop in these dynamic clinical settings.


The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUHFT) run a Preceptorship Programme for all new starters at the hospital. The Preceptorship and the Nursing, Midwifery & Allied Health Professionals Foundation Programme introduces you to the team who will be guiding you through your first year at OUHFT.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC 2008) recommends that all new ‘registrants’ have a period of extra support to consolidate knowledge and skills from training and gain experience to become a competent and professionally accountable practitioner. This period is called Preceptorship and lasts for 12 months from the start of employment in the OUHFT. A newly qualified practitioner is called a ‘Preceptee’ and each has a named support person in their clinical practice, called a Preceptor (NMC 2008).


The Oxford University Hospital NHS trust uses an e-Learning and Management System (e-LMS) to ensure that all staff have access to key Statutory and Mandatory training on line. You will be given access to these on line resources and guidance as to how to navigate this system on your Trust Induction. There is also a ‘Learning and Development’ team that can assist you if you need one to one assistance or specific e-LMS advice.


Clinical Supervision is facilitated structured group reflection, set in a strictly confidential and non-judgemental environment. Empirical and anecdotal evidence demonstrates that this method of inter-professional peer and facilitator support improves confidence, moral and job satisfaction. Clinical Supervision is arranged for you at regular intervals throughout the Preceptorship year.

Clinical Supervision provides a safe environment for clinicians to actively engage with each other to reflect on their clinical practice and improve standards of care. It allows them to think proactively and find solutions to problems. Though the sessions are confidential, you may use outcomes from clinical supervision meetings and reflections to inform your personal development plans (PDPs) and be used as documentation within your portfolios

Support during Preceptorship also includes attending a structured development programme. In the  OUHFT this is called the Foundation Programme and this continues past your Preceptorship to the end of your second year.


Oxford - Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust - Preceptorship Programme Opportunity


This is the start of your journey with the hospital and will link to a clear career pathway to develop your future skills within the Trust over the coming years. Successful completion of the 2 year programme will accelerate your career to a ‘senior Band 5’ nurse role within the organisation. After this is the opportunity of graduate, post-graduate, masters’ modular programmes and a development programme during the second year,

The Foundation Programme incorporates components required for creating an encouraging, professional, and skills based learning environment.

These include a variety of support (professional and personal), development (leadership and management) and clinical skills (tissue viability, NG tube insertion, end of life care) topics.

Essential to the Foundation Programme learning outcomes is recording your progress through regular meetings with your Preceptor and PDN’s and the formulation of Personal Development Plans (PDP) that are reviewed at 3, 6, 9 and 12 months. All of the Personal Development Plans, reflections and clinical supervision meetings you have over the 2 year Foundation period should be documented and will make up your portfolio. Professional portfolios are a fundamental resource for nurses to record their developing skills as they progress their career. The key to assembling a strong portfolio is recognising what constitutes meaningful evidence of achievement. 

During the programme you will meet and train with other new starters in your Cohort. Use the opportunities available to you on the programme to network with practitioners from different areas, share ideas and offer peer support to each other. Supporting Preceptorship and the Foundation Programme are a wide range of free multi-media e-learning resources.


  • Full time permanent positions (choose your speciality).
  • Plan pathway for career progression.
  • Mentorship and Preceptorship course.
  • Onsite accommodation & allowance of £1,000*
  • Free NHS Healthcare.
  • Salary from £22,128 – £28,746 (€25,749 – €33,509*) with yearly salary increments.
  • Additional pay for shift deferential and overtime.
  • Assistance with NMC registration and support provided with relocation to the UK.

*Exchange rates are variable, the euro prices shown above should only be used as a guide.



  • Must hold valid Nursing Registration.
  • Must hold a Degree in Nursing.
  • The successful candidate will already have commenced their application to the Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) or else be in possession of an NMC Pin Number.
  • You take pride in the quality of care you provide, you put your patients at the heart of what you do & recognise different needs.
  • You portray a spirit of support, respect and teamwork. You are committed to always going the extra mile for your patients & your colleagues and follow through on all of your commitments

This programme is a fantastic opportunity for new graduates that wish to fast track their career progression to become a Band 5 Nurse!

Interested candidates please e-mail your CV & NMC Pin Details (if you are already in possession of this) to info@kcrjobs.com or call Heather Peevers on +353 1 671 5557.

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