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General Practice Nursing Programme

General Practice nurses are in direct contact with the Scottish population, dealing with face to face consultations on many aspects of health care. Access to a generic preparation for the role of general practice nurse will enhance the ability of registered nurses new to general practice to deliver quality care.


Are you a registered nurse new to General Practice Nursing? Are you looking for a comprehensive work-based programme of learning to support this transition and provide you with the skills and knowledge required from today’s GPNs?

Following a national consultation with key stakeholders the NES General Practice Nursing Programme was piloted in September 2012 to 13. An Evaluation Report is NOW posted on our website - see link below. The GPN Programme aims to prepare nurses to become safe, effective and person centered General Practice Nurses at level 5 of the Career and Development Framework for General Practice Nursing. It is a NES funded 13 month work based programme supported by a NES Programme Leader and General Practice Nursing Education Supervisors.

The curriculum covers many aspects including cervical cytology sampling, immunization, health behavior change counseling, long term condition management, supporting self management, travel advice. The programme is delivered at 11 central taught days, eLearning and in practical practice based tutorials. Learning outcomes are assessed using different approaches such as observing practice, writing reflection on action and essays. 

The Programme received educational accreditation from the RCGP. Queen Margaret University - Edinburgh credit rated the programme at SCQF level 10 (60 credits). Information on credit rating is in our application guidance document. 

Applications for short listing to attend a selection event for the annual intake of this programme are advertised in May each year. Participants should be registered adult nurses employed as general practice nurses within the last year and working at least half time in this role.This is an intensive programme of study however participants are well supported in their learning.

Here are some comments made by the first pilot participants,

 "It covers all areas, it gives you a little bit of insight into everything that you may encounter and allows you to find the areas to go and seek out your own information or go and make sure that you are doing the right thing." 

"I have gained so much more confidence now........ it has just really improved my practice as a whole."  

For any enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact us at MedicalPracticeNurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk

This page was last updated on: 22.07.2021 at 12.21