Nursing Preceptorship Programme

Welcome to our information page about nursing preceptorship at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

As a nurse you are in high demand - therefore we are going to work harder to get you, and even harder to keep you. All newly qualified nurses are automatically enrolled onto the preceptorship programme, but how do you choose which preceptorship is going to be the best one for you?

We recommend all student nurses attend one of our one-stop shop recruitment days to come and meet our team, talk to them about what life is like at SaTH, what support you get during your preceptorship year, and you can secure a job offer on the day - leaving you safe in the knowledge you have secured a position at the end of your course, and hopefully in the area you want to specialise.  We recommend students attend an event once they have started their third year, however you can apply sooner if you prefer.

If you are ready to book onto an event you can see a list of all upcoming events here.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council advises that all newly registered nurses and midwives require guidance and a period of support under the guidance of a preceptor (NMC 2016, 2006).

Is a 12-month programme for newly qualified nurses and nursing associates allowing those who attend to consolidate and enhance the skills gained during their training. We run two cohorts of preceptorship per year; April and September, with all newly qualified RNs and NAs automatically enrolled on the next available preceptorship course after their start date.

Please Note:  Newly qualified Midwives within the Trust have their own preceptorship programme which is facilitated by Karen Henderson, Clinical Education Midwife.  Karen can be contacted via E Mail: for more information.

The preceptorship programme itself is the same for all adult nursing, paediatric nurssing, learning disability nurses, mental health nurses, and nursing associates, however you can choose to undertake a preceptorship when you stay on one ward or, if you are undecided where you would like to specialise yet, we would be very happy to offer you a rotational preceptorship where you can choose a number of different areas to gain more knowledge and experience. This is a great opportunity to widen your skills and if you are interested a rotational preceptorship we welcome you to contact or to discuss this further.

Lara Evans, CPE, Programme Lead

Lara came to the trust in 2015, as a CPE, from the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital at Oswestry. She is based mainly at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital but does work cross site. Lara can be contacted via email on:




Debbie Wharton, Professional Development Nurse (PDN)

Debbie joined the CPE team at the start of 2019 having previously worked as an Infection Prevention Control Specialist Nurse. Some of her working week is spent supporting the CPFs with student nurses. Debbie works cross-site. Debbie can be contacted via E Mail on:




Gill Johns, CPE

Gill was one of the original CPE Team members and has worked in clinical education since 2006. She has a background within orthopaedic nursing and clinical site management. She is based mainly at PRH but does work cross site. Gill can be contacted via email on:




Kathy O’Neill, CPE

Kathy joined the CPE team in 2008 and has worked in clinical education since. Prior to joining the CPE team she was a Clinical Placement Facilitator (CPF) supporting student nurses in the clinical environment. She also has a background in ITU at RSH. Kathy works cross site. Kathy can be contacted via E Mail on: kathy.o’ 




Rachel Armstrong, Lead Nurse for Education and Quality

Rachel has been in the role of Lead Nurse with a remit for post registration education since December 2018. She is also the Clinical Lead for the Temporary Staffing Department, a role she has done since April 2015. Rachel was one of the original CPE Team members and also has a background in Acute Medicine. Rachel works cross site as well as having an office at the Business Park. Rachel can be contacted via E Mail on:


The CPEs have offices at both hospital sites. Their contact details are as follows:

PRH: 01952 641222 Ext: 4563
RSH: 01743 261000 Ext: 2435

You should have a preceptor within one week of your start date, some ward/ department managers will allocate you a preceptor and others will discuss with you and give you an element of choice as to who you would like as your preceptor. 

We are looking forward to welcoming our new nurses. On your first day there will be:

  • A big welcome to the Trust including meeting Clinical Practice Educators.
  • Hospital Tours for those who might be new to the Trust
  • A session about understanding documentation
  • A session about understanding the Preceptorship and expectations

Study Days

Our robust programme of Study days is designed to further enhance your learning. These days include:

  • Simulation Training *New for April 2020 cohort 
  • Coroner's Hearing 
  • Clinical Skills
  • Communication
  • Safe Care Delivery
  • Leadership
  • Accountability

The dates, times and venues for the September 2019 preceptorship programme can be obtained from the Clinical Practice Educators.

As part of the programme all preceptees are expected to complete a preceptorship workbook. This can be found here (put a link in here to preceptorship book)

*New for April 2020 cohort

Your career development at the Trust is important to everyone. We will ensure you have access to at least 1 careers conversation in your first year to discuss your development and what is happening in your Team.

Click here to view the Career Pathway options for Nurses.

*New for April 2020 cohort

Nurses need research because it helps them advance their field, stay updated and offer better patient care. Information literacy skills can help nurses use information more effectively to develop their own conclusions. Evidence-based practice is important for nurses.

During your first year, you will be asked to choose a research project, with the option to present your findings in our annual career development day (tbc).

Here is also a link to a free online course via FutureLearn - , find out how medical treatments are discovered, tested and evaluated to improve healthcare for all. 4 week duration, 4 hours study time per week. Improving Healthcare Through Clinical Research [e-learning].

We want you to know you are supported throughout this important year in your career. Therefore the CPE team will ensure you are supported in the following ways:

  • Drop-In sessions with the CPE Team.
  • Regular ward-based visits 

If you have any questions about the Nursing Preceptorship Programme, please email or