Helen Punshon Preceptorship Lead and Clinical Trainer
I am Preceptorship Lead and Clinical Skills Tutor
I qualified as an RGN on the 22nd of August 1994 – a day I will always remember.
Since then I have gained valuable clinical experience caring for patients on both surgical and medical wards settling finally within the speciality of critical care working initially on HDU then as an autonomous Critical Care Outreach Nurse.
My biggest achievement after qualifying was to become an Independent Non-Medical Prescriber. I joined the Clinical Education Team at ELHT in July 2014 – a very daunting prospect at the time leaving the comfort of a Trust where I had worked for 20 years. It is one of the best decisions I have ever made.
I moved into this full time education role as teaching others is something that I have always enjoyed throughout my nursing career. I feel that it is an opportunity to make a difference and enhance patient care through supporting and developing individuals and teams through educational programmes.
At ELHT we facilitate clinical skills training to all members of the MDT irrespective of grade and profession including pre-registration students from UCLAN and Lancaster Universities. Subjects include: venepuncture, cannulation, male catheterisation, IV therapies and tracheostomy care. More recently we have written a successful programme to support International Nurses through the NMC registration process.
The Preceptorship programme equips newly qualified nurses employed in the organisation with the skills and knowledge required to make the transition from student to registered professional. It provides a network of support for the first year of their careers.
To support and underpin my education role, I have undertaken:
Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning
Become a Generic Instructor for Resus council courses including ILS and ALS
ILM 5 Diploma in Coaching and Mentoring.
Outside the work environment I enjoy skiing and running – I ran in the Paris marathon in April 2016 and 2018.