For newly qualified nurses

We know that taking up your first job as a nurse is both exciting and scary. That's why we've set up our Preceptorship Academy, to help you get the very best start.

Our promise to you

Your transition from student to registered nurse is one of the biggest leaps you will ever make in your nursing career. But you don’t have to do it alone.

Our preceptorship programme is designed specifically for you as a newly qualified nurse, to support you in that transition.

We want you to feel equipped with the right skills to become a brilliant nurse. We will help, support and nurture you to become the best you can be. We will help you to develop in confidence as a nursing professional, enhance your skills and continue your journey of life-long learning. 

Our preceptorship programme is also a great opportunity to map out your continuing professional development and consider how you want to progress your career as a nurse. You will reflect on and evaluate your role and identity as a nurse, and when you need that extra bit of support to help you through, we'll be here for you alongside your multi-disciplinary team.

The programme

The programme is designed and delivered by senior mental health professionals and peer trainers – people with lived experience of mental health services.

Through supervision and assessment you are supported to practice safely and build your confidence during your first 12 months as a newly qualified nurse.

You are expected to attend study days during your mandatory preceptorship period. Reflective practice sessions will form part of these days. You will also, as part of your statutory and mandatory training, meet and learn alongside newly qualified practitioners from other professions with opportunities to learn about, from and with others from these different professional groups. Your preceptor is there to support you to access these different learning events.

Opportunities with us

We provide mental health and learning disability services to adults, children and young people across East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton and Hove, and children's services in Hampshire. We have opportunities across the areas we cover in a range of services including:

  • Inpatient units
  • Community mental health teams
  • Specialist services, such as perinatal mental health and early intervention in psychosis
  • Secure and forensic services
  • Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
  • Lindridge care community (for both RMNs and RGNs)
  • Dementia services
  • Learning disability

If you're interested in more than one role, or if you're not sure where you want to work, that's fine. All you have to do is apply once and we'll match you to the roles that suit you based on what you tell us in your application.

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Find out more

If you have any questions or would like to find out more about our preceptorship programme please contact:

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