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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.

Applying for the General Practice Nursing Programme

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 15 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."



We are excited to announce the new GPN Programme Cohort 9 is now open for applications. You will find here: our Advert, Application Form and the Applicant Guidance Notes.


Prospective participants are invited to submit a typed application form. Please complete Sections A, B & C (do not send a CV).


Before completing this, it is important to read the accompanying Applicant Guidance Notes, which contains more details about the GPN Programme and the Applicant Person Specification. Email the completed and signed form to medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk no later than 12 noon on Tuesday 21st May 2019.


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