In recent years there has been a range of new educational developments for nurses moving into General Practice. In collaboration with QNI Scotland, we have therefore drawn up new Voluntary Standards for General Practice Nursing Education and Practice.

The new standards are focused on senior General Practice Nurses and have been designed to reflect the requirements of this role, working in new models of care and to reflect the rapid changes in the primary care environment.  They are not designed for nurses new to General Practice as there are a range of courses designed to equip nurses new to General Practice with the skills they need.

These standards seek to guide senior GPN clinicians, their employers and higher education institutions and will guide the development of courses to ensure they enable senior GPNs to meet the standards.

The project was guided by an advisory group with representation from the four UK countries, reflecting perspectives from education commissioners, service and education providers, third sector providers, clinical commissioners, public health and the NMC. We have also consulted with nurses working in General Practice, their employers and educators to gather their views on what knowledge, skills and competence senior GPNs need.

In 2016, the QNI published a major report on the General Practice Nurse workforce – General Practice Nursing in the 21st Century .

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