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General Practice Nursing

General Practice Nursing (GPN) is a key part of delivering safe, person centred and high quality care in a Primary Care setting.

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 - Vicki Waqa
  • GPN Educational Lead - Karen Beattie
  • Specialist Lead GPN CPD - Diane MacMichael
  • GPN Clinical Educator - Moira Dowden
  • GPN Clinical Education - Lucia Condron

GPN Education Pathway

NES offers a structured work-based blended education pathway to support the development of registered nurses employed in general practice nursing roles.

The GPN Education Pathway is delivered over 14 months via online facilitated learning sessions, directed and experiential work-based learning and is accredited by Queen Margaret University. 

Further details on the GPN Education Pathway and how to apply can be found here

Continuing Professional Development Education

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Diabetes
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cervical Screening
  • Learn and Connect bite size learning sessions
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Interpretation of blood results


CPD education is available via TURAS CPD Connect page  and the CPD connect GPN page as well as being advertised and booking via Portal.


NES GPN Connect Journal

NES GPN Connect Journals are full of up-to information relevant to GPNs in Scotland. Many GPNs contribute to each edition and each journal has new and exciting news. There are available bimonthly and can be accessed via the CPD connect GPN page or by contacting Medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk or CPDConnect@nes.scot.nhs.uk 


Learn and Connect

Bite size education on current GPN relevant topics accessible via Turas on the CPD Connect GPN Page. Catch up with these at a time that suits you by watching or listening.

Please email cpdconnect@nes.scot.nhs.uk  if you are a nurse in general practice and not already receiving invites to the events.

This page was last updated on: 11.04.2024 at 12.32