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General Practice Nursing

General Practice Nursing (GPN) is a key part of delivering safe and high quality care in a community setting.

In 2011 a co-ordinated network of NES General Practice Nursing Education Advisors, led by a NES National Co-ordinator in the General Practice section in the Medicine Directorate, established a robust model of education and training for GPNs. Over the past seven years the communication, visibility and credibility of the GPN workforce has been improved across Scotland.

Nursing in general practice is challenging, dynamic and rewarding. Many of these nurses work autonomously and in isolation.  Therefore having easy access to a network of experienced nurses for educational advice and support is very important.

The NES Team includes:

  • National Co-ordinator for GPN - Lynne Innes
  • Special Educator in CPD for GPD - Vicki Waqa
  • A team of GPN Education Advisors (sessional)
  • A team of GPN Education Supervisors (sessional)

Vocational Training Scheme and Programme

A fifteen-month training programme for GPNs in post with access to a supervisor and taught days in a central location.  Learning is linked to supervisors within practice, with regular assignments and practical observation assessments and focusing on work-based learning. The course is accredited by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and by the RCGP Scotland.

Continuing Professional Development Short Courses

  • Cervical Cytology
  • Leadership
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • CVD
  • Minor Illness
  • Telephone Triage and Communication Skills
  • Long Term Condition Management 

These courses are all advertised on the NES Portal and booking can be accessed via:


GPN Newsletters

NES Newsletters are sent by email by GPN Education Advisors and NHS GPN Lead Nurses to practice nurses in Scottish Board areas and are tweeted by @LynnInnes1 and @NHS_Education. These are published twice a year containing clinical articles, information on new learning opportunities, national GPN news and feature articles.

You can find the most current newsletter here:  GPN Newsletter Winter 2019 and for past newsletters please select from below;

If you wish any items to be considered for inclusion or you would like to read about a particular GPN issue please email medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk to highlight this. The next newsletter is due in Spring/Summer 2020.

This page was last updated on: 06.02.2020 at 11.22