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Preceptorship update

1 June 2017
Change is coming to the Preceptorship programme

This update has been produced to provide more information about the changes to the preceptorship programme following the national introduction of the band 5 Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) role and the assimilation of experienced paramedics into band 6. transitiion



It is recognised that there is a degree of uncertainty surrounding what these changes mean and how it will affect staff and it is hoped that providing this information will help dispel any myths and reassure those affected.


What has happened so far?

A national process has seen the paramedic job role match the criteria for band 6 - experienced paramedics have now been moved to band 6, ahead of a national job description being published in June 2017.

 As part of this, for the first time there is a national definition for the Newly Qualified Paramedic (NQP) role. NQPs will remain at band 5 and enter into a 24 month programme of preceptorship and on successful completion will be promoted to band 6.

During the transition period, staff who were registered and employed as paramedics prior to 01/09/16 have been moved to band 6 – those registered and employed as a paramedic after 01/09/16 will remain as NQPs at band 5.

What has not yet happened?

As part of the ongoing development of preceptorship within SECAmb, the Clinical Preceptorship Procedure will be reviewed and an updated version will be released which will cover the entire 24 months of preceptorship (the current procedure describes a 12 month duration).

There are likely to be some similarities to the current procedure but there will also be some changes – the new national programme offers the opportunity to continue improving the support we offer to newly qualified paramedics within the Trust.

Crucially so far there have been no changes to either scope of practice or the preceptorship procedure and preceptees should therefore continue working to the current arrangements.


What is going to happen next?

As part of the development of the NQP programme the Trust will review the way in which NQPs are educated and supported through the early stages of their career.

The Trust recognises NQPs as competent but inexperienced clinicians and any changes made will be to support staff development and not to impose arbitrary restrictions.

As part of professional registration all staff have an obligation to remain fit for practice - in terms of both clinical and personal ability – and the Trust is committed to helping all our staff achieve this through the provision of appropriate clinical and educational support.

transitiionWill I lose my autonomy? The Trust promotes shared decision making as best practice for all clinical staff, irrespective of grade or experience. This does not reduce autonomy but improves patient safety as well as protecting staff.

Will I be assessed on my clinical practice? Clinical practice is currently appraised through operational line management (i.e. Clinical Team Leaders). This may change with the new operational structure which includes operational team leaders and senior paramedics, however the aim will be the same: to support safe and competent practice.

How does this compare to other Trusts? All Trusts are required to follow the same national principles for NQPs, however SECAmb has the advantage of an established preceptorship programme which should lead to a smoother transition period.


More information is available via StaffZone under ‘paramedic transformation programme’.

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