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NES General Practice Nursing learning and development is organised within a national coordinated network.


General Practice Nurse education in Scotland – now and in the future

GPN Funding available now

Education and development opportunities for nurses working in General Practice teams:  https://www.nes.scot.nhs.uk/our-work/general-practice-nursing-gpn/

What is the NES GPN Co-ordinated Network?

The main purpose of the NES GPN Co-ordinated network is to advance general practice nursing in Scotland by providing information on access to quality, accessible and locally relevant information, support, education and representation for general practice nursing. Access to education supporting key national priorities will be given precedence.

General Practice Nursing is sometimes described as a fragmented workforce, and can feel isolating. The network seeks to bring learning and development advice and support where it is needed. 

The GPN Learning and Development Network is supported by a team of GPN Education Advisors and Supervisors.

Booking for short courses is through the NES Portal and online learning is available on the CPD connect GPN page

Enquiries can be made to cpdconnect@nes.scot.nhs.uk


General Practice Nursing Education Advisors

In each Scottish Health Board area we aim to have a sessional General Practice Nursing Education Advisor. This provides a Scottish network linking local practice nurses, either through existing or new networks, to a national General Practice Nursing Coordinator at NES.  The sessional roles give career opportunities for highly experienced and motivated individuals.  This network also links to other national networks such as NES General Practice Associate Directors and NES Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP).

The NES GPN Education Advisor works closely with their Health Board, in particular with existing practice nurse advisors and professional leads.

The principle aims of this role are to:-

  • Support the local development and delivery of education for general practice nurses.
  • Contribute towards national NES work commensurate with the GPN Education Advisors professional expertise to advance the role of General Practice Nursing.
  • Support the work of the NES National Co-ordinator for General Practice Nursing in local Health Board area.

The GPN Education Advisors contact details can be accessed by sending an email request to medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk for the email address of  the NES GPN Education Advisor in the Health Board area you require.


General Practice Nursing Education Supervisors

NES GPN Education Supervisors (ES) are experienced nurses currently working in General Practice who have successfully completed a Master level qualification to support and facilitate education.  This is to provide support and work-based learning for the nurses in the GPN Programme.  The ES employing practices are reimbursed for the commitment and time their colleague gives to NES, preparing and facilitating peer group learning of the nurses within the GPN Programme.  There is also the opportunity for Education supervisors to contribute to the delivery of education with the NES GPN team.


NES General Practice Nursing Documents

NES published Cervical Screening Education Standards 2021 which are important for general practice nurses undertaking cervical screening. 

If you are interested in peer appraisal can you please contact MPN for more information.

This page was last updated on: 15.09.2022 at 09.39