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Newly Qualified Practitioner

Flying Start NHS®

Flying Start NHS® is an online, learner-directed, national development programme, designed to support/develop newly qualified nurses, midwives and allied health professionals in their first year of post registration practice. Flying Start NHS® will assist the practitioner's journey through their KSF Foundation Gateway.

Newly qualified practitioners (NQP) often feel isolated and overwhelmed with the responsibilities of their first post. Flying Start NHS® provides a national, consistent framework to address this. The NQP will also have access to an experienced work-based facilitator who will support them through Flying Start NHS®. The facilitator is not formally assessing competence but acting as a coach, being a role model and generally being a knowledge and experience resource.

Flying Start NHS® is organised around a model called the Pillars of Practice. The model is used by nurses, midwives and allied health professionals to show how different jobs need a different mix of skills and knowledge.  The programme is made up of four units, each relate to one of the Pillars of Practice. The Definitive Guide to the Programme gives a robust overview of the programme. Practitioners, with the guidance of their facilitator, will complete the programme at their own pace and an order that suits them over their first 12 months.

If you are a newly qualified nurse and want to start your Flying Start NHS® learning journey, first of all you will need to create a Turas account.  Facilitators do not need a Turas account to support an NQP with the program.

Support for NQPs can be accessed and provided by facilitators and local clinical educators/practice developments nurses. Support for facilitators and additional support for NQPs is provided by the PEF/ CHEF team who supports your practice learning environment.