In April 2021, there was a shortage of nearly 84,000 full-time equivalent staff across NHS England, according to NHS Digital. Staff retention forms a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan and well-planned preceptorships are important to welcome and integrate newly qualified practitioners.

Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust was nominated for the Best Preceptorship Programme for an organisation with under 15,000 employees at the Nursing Times Awards 2021.

In this video, Debbi Howard, Head of Clinical Education and Sarah Sumner, Clinical Director for Resuscitation, give insights into delivering their exemplary preceptorship programme. They share how the programme has created a standardised level of support between local trusts and improved retention of newly qualified staff.

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In April 2021, there was a shortage of nearly 84,000 full-time equivalent staff across NHS England. Urgent action is required to tackle a vicious cycle of shortages and increased pressures on staff. Debbi Howard, Head of Clinical Education and Sarah Sumner, Clinical Director for Resuscitation, Simulation and Skills at Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust discuss how preceptorship programmes can help improve staff retention in trusts.

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