National Preceptorship Interim Quality Mark

Applications for the interim Quality Mark opened on 1 January 2023. Organisations are invited to check their eligibility by filling in the self-assessment form. Please note, applications should not be submitted unless all 10 core/mandatory criteria are met, and a minimum of 80% overall is achieved. Completed forms and queries should be sent to You can also access your regional leads and communities of practice for advice and support.

A flow chart of the process can be accessed here.

Congratulations to the following organisations have been awarded the Quality Mark:

Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
North Central London Training Hub
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Frequently Asked Questions

What do we do about submitting information that contains names and personal details? 

You will need to indicate on your self-assessment document what information you are able to provide to evidence each criteria. Please submit information, however you will need to remove names and any other personal information.  Assessors will want to see the process and tracking rather than personal details.  

Can we submit before we have achieved 80% and can we still apply if we have an amber RAG rating?

Please use the self-assessment to assess your organisational readiness for the interim Quality Mark, however, only submit when you meet the 80%. 

If a policy has been approved, updated, and is in use it will be accepted with an amber rating (1) if it is pending ratification and an approximate date is provided. If it has not been approved and/or is not being used it will not be accepted.

Do we have to submit all the evidence with our application? 

No. You should indicate what information you are able to provide for each criteria to substantiate your position. Once your application has been logged, the central team will advise what information you need to send through. We will only be requesting information on two criteria for each application.  

Do all organisations submit the same evidence for their application? 

No, we are randomly selecting different evidence from each organisation to support their applications.   

What is the time frame for the final submission of applications?  

Applications will be accepted at any time from 1 January 2023 on an ongoing basis.  They will be assessed monthly; however, you can submit at any time. 

How long is the Quality Mark for? 

Two years from the date of awarding the Quality Mark.

Does the National Quality Mark replace the CapitalNurse Quality Mark? 

No.  They will run in parallel as they represent different frameworks. 

Does the interim Quality Mark cover maternity specific or AHP preceptorship? 

No. This is a quality mark for nursing linked to the standards in the National Preceptorship Framework for Nursing.
The maternity and AHP frameworks are currently in development. If you have any questions about those frameworks you can direct them to the following contacts:
Maternity – Karen Camm –
AHP – Amanda Weaver –

Who assesses the application? 

All applications are initially checked by our central team to ensure the 80% minimum has been achieved. This is then sent to the appropriate Regional Lead with the additional evidence requested for full assessment and decision by the regional review panel. The review panels meet monthly. 

How can we use the interim Quality Mark? 

You can use your Quality Mark on email signatures, documentation and promotional materials. 

How long will it take to review my application? 

Once the Regional Lead has received your application and supporting evidence, these will be reviewed at the next monthly meeting of the review panel. You will be informed of the outcome within five working days following this meeting.