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General Practice Nursing Education Pathway

General Practice is the largest branch of healthcare and is admired around the world. Its strength lies in the person-centered care delivered to a registered list of patients. General Practice Nurses (GPNs) are a core component of general practice teams and are increasingly recognised in their contribution to community care. GPNs provide care across the life span and increasingly work in partnership with people with acute illness and with complex undifferentiated conditions. They have a responsibility to lead change and add value so that improved outcomes, better patient experience and more effective and efficient use of resources can be achieved. NES offers a structured work-based, blended education pathway, to support the development of registered nurses employed in the general practice nursing role. The Pathway aims to prepare GPNs with the knowledge and skills to develop caring, compassionate, professional relationships that meet the needs of people across their life course; identifying the wider social determinants and influences of health and illness, applying specific problem-solving skills to maximise opportunities for shared decision making in the context of general practice nursing.

The education pathway is delivered over twelve months via online facilitated small peer group learning sessions, directed, and experiential work-based learning experiences. Learners are supported in clinical practice by Practice Assessors (PA) & Practice Supervisors and academically by NES GPN Academic Assessors (AA) and Clinical Facilitators (CF) in line with NMC standards of Supervision and Assessment. Full support from the GPN learner’s employing practice is required to undertake the pathway. The learning outcomes for the pathway are assessed using different approaches such as observing practice, writing reflections and academic submissions. The curriculum covers many aspects including communication and consultation skills, health behaviour change, long term condition management, health inequalities, minor illness, quality improvement and leadership skills.

The pathway is accredited by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, at SCQF Level 10 (60 credits).


Please contact MedicalPracticeNurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk for an application pack.

This page was last updated on: 11.08.2022 at 07.29