A case study of a preceptorship programme in an acute NHS Trust - Using the European Foundation for Quality Management tool to support clinical practice development

Jacqueline A. Leigh, Calbert H. Douglas, Kath Lee, Mary R. Douglas*

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Abstract

Aims: To discuss the results of the evaluation, assessment and effectiveness of the trust-wide clinical practice development of a preceptorship programme for newly qualified nurses at Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust. To apply the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) model as a tool for monitoring and assessing the performance of the programme. Background: Newly qualified nurses need support and preparation for their working role in their first recruitment. A preceptorship programme, developed around a quality-monitoring framework, was introduced to address this need at Salford Royal, an acute NHS Trust. Method: The generic EFQM model was adapted to the specific case of the preceptorship programme. A questionnaire survey was undertaken to obtain evidence to assess how the EFQM tool was applied in the context of the preceptorship programme. Pre- and post-programme questionnaires were sent to preceptees and post-programme questionnaires to respective ward managers. Findings: Following introduction of the preceptorship programme, recruitment and retention of newly qualified nurses have increased, with preceptees self-reporting increased levels of confidence. Use of the EFQM tool has provided the information that managers and departments require. Anecdotal evidence to date suggests that barriers are being broken down. Utilization of the framework has also identified areas of practice that need to change. Conclusions: This paper demonstrates how use of a generic tool such as EFQM can provide systematic and evaluative information for nursing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-518
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Nursing Management
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2005

Keywords

  • European Foundation for Quality Management
  • Newly qualified nurses
  • Preceptorship
  • Quality assurance
  • Recruitment

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