Developing and piloting a new role to enhance the clinical learning environment
Evidence & Practice    

Developing and piloting a new role to enhance the clinical learning environment

Elaine Beddingham Senior lecturer, department of health and social care, University of Derby
Maxine Simmons Head of practice and professional development, Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Environments that support pre- and post-registration students’ and staff learning are vital to ensure the delivery of high quality patient care by knowledgeable and competent healthcare practitioners. A project was undertaken at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust to modernise and enhance preceptorship against a background of national and local drivers. This article describes the development, piloting and evaluation of a new role designed to support and enhance practice learning environments for newly qualified nurses, preceptors, pre-registration nursing students and mentors. The article identifies the factors that affect clinical learning environments and discusses some practical solutions to the challenges associated with learning in practice. Finally, the article offers some recommendations and implications for practice in relation to the pilot outcomes.

Nursing Management. doi: 10.7748/nm.2016.e1528

Correspondence

ebeddingham@derby.ac.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked for plagiarism using automated software

Received: 15 May 2016

Accepted: 05 July 2016

Published online: 28 July 2016