The NMC defines preceptorship as ‘a period to guide and support all newly registered practitioners to make the transition from student to develop their practice further

A model of transition

Fisher’s Process of Transition highlights the challenges and emotional highs and lows of transitional change, and has been shown to be the ‘normal’ personal experience of going through any significant transition. It is complex and although there is no definitive time scale, the first six months to a year of a momentous and important change is expected to be the most demanding.




Looking at the first three elements on the left of the curve:

• What are you feeling?

• What has or will help you to successfully navigate this period?

• Who will help, support, guide you through this period?

• How can you ensure that you have the help and guidance needed?

Write an action plan for your first month of preceptorship.