Inspiration: Report on the education needs of practice nurses

Inspiration: Report on the education needs of practice nurses

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Organisations: Buckinghamshire New University
University of West London


The aims of the study were to:

  • identify the key education priorities for practice nursing across the eight NW London CCGs
  • explore future practice and education requirements for practice nurses
  • identify the education, training, development and support needs of the practice nurses in undertaking current and future roles and activities

Brief Summary

In 2013-14, a questionnaire was completed by 272 practice nurses in the CWHHE CCG Collaborative (the working partnership between Central London, West London, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hounslow and Ealing CCGs) and the outer North West London CCGs (Brent, Ealing, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs) to understand their education needs.

Data from the CWHHE CCGs were collected by Buckinghamshire New University. Data from the outer NWL CCGs were collected by the University of West London, using a survey based on that used by New Buckinghamshire University. The latter was funded by Health Education North West London (HENWL).

In addition to the surveys, three focus groups were held with 39 practice nurses in NW London, and, 34 practice nurses from NW London attended a workshop and worked in small groups to produce recommendations for practice nurse education and training.

The resulting report combines data only from questions which were asked in both surveys, with the workshop data, and is divided into six sections:

  • Description of the participants
  • Previous training
  • Training needed
  • Mentorship and supervision
  • Commissioning Group
  • Summary of focus group findings

The report’s primary observation “is the variation in training, through level, provider and subject area. This indicates a lack of consistent framework across the region for both initial and on-going training of practice nurse staff.”

Area of work

In relation to the four foundations of our declaration, this project aims to:

  • Happy staff with the right skills

Links for more information

Report on the education needs of practice nurses
Buckinghamshire New University
University of West London

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