The University of Sheffield
Continuing Professional Development for Health and Social Care Practitioners

Practice Nurse Work-based Induction and Preceptorship Programme

Who is it for?

The Practice Nurse Work-based Induction and Preceptorship Programme is a structured 1 year programme for nurses new to general practice (up to approximately 1 year). Nurses must be working in general practice for the duration of the programme.

Overview of content:

  • 1 year structured programme
  • Priority on all essential skills study days
  • Unique course structure for the Nurse and Practice
  • Practical support for an experience Nurse Educator
  • Online peer and programme support
  • Optional extras

What is it about?

It includes ‘Essential Skills’ study days including Travel Health, Ear Care, Cervical Screening training, Introduction to Health Promotion, Infection Control and Introduction to Primary Care Nursing as well as being able to access other study days such as Chronic Kidney Disease and  Introduction to Contraception among others.
The programme is structured to the individual needs of the nurse and the practice and includes support in practice from an experienced practice nurse educator.
Support for the nurse is provided via online peer and programme support as well as the practice nurse educator and practice mentor.

How does it enhance practice?

1. The provide participants with the knowledge, skills and competencies to practice nursing in the rapidly changing primary care environment.
2. The programme will enable the nurse to engage in an individualised, flexible work based programme that enhances skills of self-reflection, critical thinking and clinical judgement.
3. To promote a depth of understanding about the science, art and craft of nursing in the particular environment of general practice.
4. To develop a workforce with skills and knowledge for current and new services within primary care.

Course Structure:

8½ study days at the University of Sheffield

4 alternative practice days where the nurse will work in settings other than their own

5 half days in University in the second half of the programme

Total of 15 days released from practice

The programme is accessed on a ‘rolling programme’ basis therefore nurses may apply as they commence a new role as a practice nurse, start dates can be offered throughout the year.

Programme Lead/Contact Name:

For further enquiries and application details please contact:-

Debbie Limb

Tel: 0114 2222 050 or Email d.c.limb@sheffield.ac.uk