Inspiration: General Practice Nurse Training Pilot

Inspiration: General Practice Nurse Training Pilot

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Organisation: Health Education South London (HESL)


The project aims to fill the acute shortage in general practice nurses and to build a workforce for the future.

Currently there is no formal training or career pathway for general practice nurses, and there is an acute shortage of general practice nurses in South London.

Brief Summary

To meet this need Health Education South London together with Wandsworth and Lambeth community education provider networks and London Southbank University, designed a training programme based on the RCGP competency framework for general practice nursing.

Following work to analyse the training and education needs of general practice nurses in South London, a training course went live in January 2015 and currently there are 18 general practice nurses on it. They split their time between placements in primary care and course days. The course will run over one year.

The employers of the general practice nurses are reimbursed for the time their nurses are away from their practices through a stipend from Health Education South London and the cost of the course is covered by the Continuing Professional Education and Development budgets.

In the future it is planned to increase the number of places to 40.

Area of work

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

  • Care is about me
  • Make London healthier and happier

Advice for others

The community education provider networks were crucial in finding the placements for the general practice nurses. It would be worth talking to either Wandsworth or Lambeth or Bromley CCGs who have all done something similar.

Link for more information

Community Education Provider Networks in South London

South Bank University Adult Nursing and Midwifery Department

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