Oxleas Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Preceptorship Programme

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Oxleas Allied Health Professionals (AHP) Preceptorship Programme
Congratulations and a warm welcome to your first role as a qualified Allied Health Professional.
This Preceptorship Programme is for newly qualified Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Speech and Language Therapists.
We understand the transition from ‘student’ to ‘newly qualified’ can be a daunting experience and our role is to support Allied Health Professionals at the beginning of their career to become confident and competent clinicians.
To support you on your journey we have designed this porfolio to provide you with a step by step approach to successfully complete your preceptorship.
Eligibility Criteria
The Oxleas AHP Preceptorship Programme is for newly qualified Dietitians, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, and Speech and Language Therapists:
•Who are substantively employed by one of the nine London Mental Health NHS Trusts
•On Agenda for Change minimum pay point of Band 5
•Entering employment for the first time following professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or have not yet completed a formal preceptorship programme.
What is Preceptorship?
From the moment you register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) you become accountable and are expected to be autonomous with a responsibility to uphold the professional standards set by your professional body and HCPC.
Preceptorship is defined by the Department of Health (2010) as ‘a period of structured transition for the newly registered practitioner during which he or she will be supported by a preceptor to develop their confidence as an autonomous professional, refine skills, values and behaviours to continue on their journey of lifelong learning’.
It is therefore important that support, supervision and guidance is provided during this crucial time when a newly qualified AHP embarks on their new role at the start of their career. A foundation period (of preceptorship) for practitioners will help them begin their journey from novice to expert, Department of Health (2008).
What is a Preceptee?
A Preceptee is a registered or newly qualified practitioner who has a professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is entering employment for the first time or returning to practice.
What is a Preceptor?
A Preceptor is an experienced practitioner who has been given formal responsibility to support the preceptee.
What is a Grandparent?
A Grandparent refers to a Senior Clinician (in Oxleas the AHP Preceptorship Programme Leads) who support the process and sign off the preceptorship with both Preceptee and Preceptor.

How will the programme be delivered?
Format
The Preceptorship Programme will run alongside your new role in your Mental Health Trust. The work completed in your Preceptorship Programme will form the basis of your portfolio which can be used to meet the requirements of audit and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
Training
Support will be provided by the Oxleas AHP Preceptorship Programme Leads. With the Health Education England funds there are now 2.0WTE Band 8a posts from three professional groups: Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Podiatry to cover all nine Mental Health Trusts.
Timeframe
The AHP Preceptorship Programme is designed to be completed in the first twelve months post qualification on entering employment as a qualified clinician.
From left, Hannah Tomkins and Anna Gillespie, Oxleas AHP Preceptorship Programme Leads
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