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General Practice Nursing Education Pathway

The GPN Education Pathway is a structured fourteen month pathway that supports the development of registered nurses employed in the general practice to become knowledgeable, safe and effective members of the general practice team.

General Practice is the largest branch of healthcare and is admired around the world. Its strength lies in the person-centred care delivered to a registered list of patients. General Practice Nurses (GPN) are a core component of general practice teams and are increasingly recognised for their contribution in complex community care. GPNs provide care across the life span and increasingly work in partnership with people to support them in the management of complex multifaceted and undifferentiated conditions. They lead change, add value, improve outcomes, provide better patient experiences, and achieve effective and efficient use of resources.


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.

GPN Education Pathway Ethos

The pathway is designed around the capabilities expected of GPNs across four pillars of practice: clinical, education, leadership and evidence, research, and development. The heart of our ethos lies in building a personalised approach to care, shared decision making and value-based health care that matters to people. It places particular emphasis on reducing unwarranted variation in health, treatment, and outcomes. Realistic medicine, preventative and proactive care and enabling people with established conditions to be active participants in shared decision making is central to the pathway. It fosters a culture of quality improvement methodology to implement change and GPN self-care and wellbeing is pivotal.

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

Turas GPN Education Pathway Application Guide

If you are interested in applying for future cohorts of the GPN Pathway or have questions please see frequently asked question or email Medical Practice Nurse.


This page was last updated on: 14.05.2024 at 13.58