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  • Managers Support

    Managers play a vital role in creating the right learning environment for newly qualifed practitioners.  By facilitating the space for an experienced mentor to support and guide the newest team member, managers can significantly reduce the stress that we know comes with being newly qualified.

  • Enabling Others

    Enabling and supporting others (including individuals, families and groups) to address their own health and wellbeing needs is an essential skill of most newly qualified practitioners.

  • Exploring options

    Whilst most newly qualified practitioners do not want to think of career progression, it is important to be active in exploring areas which you enjoy and may want to gain more experience in.

  • What kind of Team player are you?

    Becoming a full team member can be challenging for newly qualified practitioners, especially if you are a member of more than one team or in a rotational post. This unit is designed to help you understand both your own and colleague's approach to working in teams.

  • Top tips for reflecting

    As a registered health practitioner, you must build in time to reflect on the both the care and treatment you provide, and the way you are working within the healthcare team.  Regular recording of your progress will build you confidence as a newly qualified practitioner.

  • Developing others

    Most of the activities within Flying Start NHS focus on developing your skills and knowledge as a newly qualified practitioner. However at some point the emphasis will shift to you facilitating learning in others, this may be with students, assistant practitioners or as an educator to patients/clients and their carers.

  • Delegation

    One of the most challenging aspects of settling into your new role may be how best to delegate tasks to healthcare support workers. Scoping studies have told us that many newly qualified practitioners struggled with this aspect of their role.

    This unit offers you tips, resources and the opportunity to reflect on how well you are doing with delegation.

  • Assertiveness

    Being professionally assertive as a newly qualified practitioner is a challenge. You will need to be assertive in a range of situations, for example, in your role with team members organising work, or in your role with patients/clients and their carers in delivering healthcare. This unit offers you some strategies and resources that can help you deal with these challenging situations, and the opportunity to reflect on how well you are doing.

  • Register

    Welcome to the new Flying Start NHS® registration area. To take full advantage of the programme please only register when you take up your first post as a newly qualified practitioner either employed within NHSScotland or as an internship learner under the one year job guarantee scheme or as a member of Bank Staff or while working within another Healthcare sector.

  • Developing your critical appraisal skills

    Integrating the use of evidence into your work routinely helps to ensure that you are working in a safe, effective and person-centred way - and are playing your part in helping to meet the quality ambitions.

    As a newly qualified practitioner, you already have the skills to critically appraise research and evidence, to interpret findings and then make judgements on whether practice should be changed as a result.

  • Good Portfolio Habits

  • Peer Discussion

  • Social networking/ discussion activity

  • Social networking

  • Develop Yourself Toolkit

  • Which model of supervision?

  • Networking Activity

  • Local complaints policy

  • Your Flying Start NHS Portfolio

  • Reasons for Developing Your Career

  • Chain of Responsibility

  • Delegating aspects of care to others

  • FAQs

    Please find below a list of frequently asked questions which are designed to help you understand the aims and objectives of the Flying Start programme.  If you have a question which is not addressed here, please use the Contact Us function to ask the project team.

  • Using your skills

  • Irene McDade, Practice Education Coordinator, NES

  • Get Started

    Getting Started on Flying Start NHS® development programme should take place as close to commencing your first post in NHSScotland as possible.  Flying Start is the core programme for all staff to support induction, transition and the NHS KSF development review cycle, so meet with your mentor as soon as you can to plan your learning goals.


  • Mentor Benefits

    As a Flying Start NHS® mentor your will not only have the satisfaction of seeing your newest colleague settle into the team and develop, you will also be building your own evidence for your NHS KSF development review.

  • Delegation style

  • How does my team assess patients or clients?

  • Enabling patients/clients

  • Concluding Activity

  • Communication challenges for teams

  • Portfolio: documentation

  • Health improvement and your patient/client group

  • Practice based activity

  • Web Activity

  • Mentor Resources

    This section has been developed to support Flying Start mentors in their role.  Check this section regularly for new content as we continue to develop materials for mentors.

  • Knowing your limits

  • Critical appraisal as routine CPD practice

  • Communication and emotions

  • Mentors Role

    Successful implementation of the Flying Start NHS® learning programme is dependent on you as a skilled practitioner who is willing to share expertise and knowledge with your newest colleague.

  • Completion

    Welcome to the Flying Start NHS® completers area .  This area of the website will provide you with advice on what to do once you have completed Flying Start NHS®.

  • Personal accountability

  • Responding to complaints effectively (1)

  • Contributing to Team Decisions

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