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Following the publication in 2020 of the ‘Principles of preceptorship’ [PDF] by the Nursing and Midwifery Council stakeholders across Scotland worked together to develop a framework for preceptorship in Scotland. This was launched on 1st September 2021 and further information can be found below.  

Scotland’s preceptorship framework

NES, in collaboration with practice and education stakeholders, started work on the development of a Scottish Preceptorship Framework in March 2020. The framework and the background to its development is available at

The framework has been developed to provide a consistent approach across Scotland to preceptorship for:

  • newly qualified pre-registration nurses
  • newly qualified pre-registration midwives
  • newly qualified specialist community public health nurses
  • other new registrants e.g. return to practice nurses or midwives, overseas nurses or midwives
  • those new to role or environment

The framework is underpinned by the NMC Principles for Preceptorship [PDF] and conjoins with Flying Start

Flying Start NHS®

Flying Start NHS is the national development programme for all newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals (AHPs), to be completed in the first year of practice.

It is designed to help support the transition from pre-registered student to qualified, confident and capable health professionals with the help of a local facilitator and supporting educational structure.

The programme supports learning and development for all newly qualified practitioners working in all sectors and settings across Scotland, and aims to:

  • develop confidence
  • increase skills
  • increase leadership ability
  • support exploration of values and behaviours
  • support a positive start to career and professional development

More information, or register at Flying Start TURAS


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) 

Flying Start TURAS

NMC Principles for Preceptorship [PDF]

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Last updated: 25/09/2020

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