Oxleas leads the way with new AHP preceptorship programme

News: AHP leads
Anna Gillespie, Felicity Devereux and Hannah Tomkins

Oxleas is leading the way with the launch of our new preceptorship programme for allied health professionals (AHPs) from across London.

We’re working hand-in-hand with eight other mental health trusts, to host the delivery of the programme which will support the continued development of AHPs across five disciplines - Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Speech and Language Therapy.

Preceptees are registered or newly qualified practitioners who have a professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and are entering employment for the first time, or returning to practice.

Following a successful bid to Health Education England, Oxleas was given permission to host the programme and share it with the below NHS trusts:

  • Barnet Enfield and Haringey
  • Camden and Islington
  • Central and North West London
  • East London
  • North East London
  • South London and Maudsley
  • South West London and St George's
  • West London

Patsy Fung, Trust Lead for AHPs, said: “AHPs provide a diverse range of therapies and play a key role in providing mental health and physical care. However, in London, there is a current turnover of between 20-25%.

“Research indicates the first two years of employment are crucial in determining job retention. It is therefore important that support, supervision and guidance in provided at this crucial time, which is where the programme will help.”

A new website was launched in November: www.oxleasahppreceptorship.com

The AHP Preceptorship Programme Portfolio is also now ready for distribution, providing a step by step guide to support preceptees on their AHP career journey after qualification.

Leading the programme are Hannah Tomkins (Physiotherapist), Anna Gillespie (Occupational Therapist) and Felicity Devereux (Podiatrist).

The Oxleas AHP Preceptorship Programme will continue for newly qualified Band 5 AHP preceptees and Preceptorship Training will also continue for our Band 6 and 7 AHP preceptors.

For further information, please contact oxl-tr.ahp.preceptorship@nhs.net

Published on 17th February 2020