One to One preceptorship program
The One to One Preceptorship Program has been developed to support newly qualified midwives to create a portfolio of midwifery care and to assist them with transitioning from a student to a caseloading midwife. The program offers a structured approach to reflecting on your own experiences and identifying your individual knowledge and skill requirements with guidance and support offered from the wider team.
Induction and mandatory training is specifically focused on the unique One to One company structure and the role of the midwife within that structure. Additionally, there is a rolling training program that offers opportunities to consolidate skills, update on practice issues and provide opportunities for peer learning. Many of these sessions will include members of the locality team, students and midwives from local trusts.
One to One also has an online training platform, which enables midwives to access resources from their iPad wherever they are. It also offers an interactive platform to provide companywide discussion forums and to support on-going learning and development.
Skill and knowledge consolidation
A structured approach to the preceptorship period is addressed from a two-pronged approach:
The transition from being a newly qualified midwife or a midwife new to a caseloading model of care is supported through regular meetings with an experienced midwife. You will be given the opportunity to reflect on your experiences as a caseloading midwife and the specific elements unique to caseloading midwifery such as diary management and working in a buddy system.
The Training Passport offers midwives new to One to One a step-by-step approach to their training and preceptorship as a newly qualified midwife. Midwives new to One to One will be placed within an existing buddy team who have knowledge of the locality, organisation and have the skills and knowledge to support a junior midwife. Following an initial shadowing period, which is reflected on by the midwife, learning is documented and recognised until the midwife is confident to practice with decreasing supervision in all areas of midwifery care.
An on-going approach to continued professional developed
Midwives at One to One are involved in all organisational development from taking part in audits to improve practice, planning rota’s, company initiatives and projects and activities that involve the women and families for whom we care for. All of these develop skills and knowledge in many aspects of health care service provision. New initiatives and ideas are welcomed and supported by individual teams and the organisation.
Post registration learning is supported with ten days’ study leave per annum, with qualifications such as complementary therapy training, examination of the new born and mentorship programs supported by the organisation. We have strong links with Edge Hill University and are starting to work with other Universities such as the University of Salford, the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Chester to enable students to experience our way of working prior to applying for a position within One to One Midwives. One to One also works with local trusts to develop joint training opportunities for midwives to promote shared learning, understanding and knowledge of each other’s roles between organisations and professions.