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.

For more detailed information please see our FAQs below. Additional guidance is available on protected time (Criteria 5).

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

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Primary and Community Care Training Hub
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust
Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Training Hub
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
Devon Partnership NHS Trust
Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust
East Coast Community Healthcare CIC
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire Health and Care NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Gloucestershire Primary Care Training Hub
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust
HCA Healthcare UK
Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust
Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust
Joint Hospital Group (South)
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Livewell Southwest CIC
London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
North Bristol NHS Trust
North Central London Training Hub
North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nottingham CityCare Partnership CIC
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
The Priory
Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Devon University Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
Sirona Care and Health CIC
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust
South East London Training Hub
South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
South Warwickshire University NHS Foundation Trust
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
St Andrew’s Healthcare
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust
University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Whittington Health NHS Trust
York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Frequently Asked Questions (Click to expand)

Interim Quality Mark

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 for formal ratification has been provided. If it has not been approved and/or is not compliant with the Framework standards it will not be progressed to review by the assessment panel. If you are unsure, please seek advice from your Regional Lead.

Do we have to submit all the evidence with our application? 
No. You should indicate what information you are able to provide for the 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 your preceptorship policy and information on one criteria for each application.  

How would you recommend providing evidence for submissions?       
By referencing supporting information according to the specific criteria – the clearer the better! We will be publishing more guidance on this.   

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.  

Why are coaching and wellbeing not higher on the Quality Mark agenda?
They are! They are part of our core standards. 

The Quality Mark is prescriptive as to how long the preceptor’s initial preparation should be – three weeks. If the preparation is shorter than this (i.e. two weeks and another week of coaching later on) will this be okay?
The preceptor development is recommended as three hours. For those who have been preceptors, a one hour refresher is recommended.     

How many trusts have achieved the Interim Quality Mark? Who are they?
You can find a list of all the trusts that have already been awarded the Quality Mark on our website here.

What is the next phase after the Interim Quality Mark?
NHS England is looking at next steps following the Interim Quality Mark.