About the course
The Advanced Diploma in General Practice Nursing aims to standardise a programme of training and education for nurses new to General Practice Nursing. This course helps practice nurses new to General Practice to identify their learning needs appropriate to their role and direct them to further opportunities for continued professional development.
The programme has been developed by practices nurses for practice nurses to ensure practitioners are fit for purpose, following recommended standards and competencies and by monitoring to ensure governance and quality.
This course is a Level 6 accredited, competency-based education programme, specific to the GPN role, which will prepare nurses, who have recently been employed within General Practice, to be confident, competent, and capable practitioners.
Several universities offer this programme. Cohorts start in either September or January depending on the university. This is a year- long part-time course comprising of 3 modules.
- A full introduction to fundamentals of general practice nursing (GPN) whilst developing and enhancing GPN skills
- Equips General Practice Nurses with underpinning theoretical knowledge and practice experience to support the role as set out by a number of key NHS documents.
- Encourages academic and practice development for professional lifelong learning
- Develops a reflective and competent practitioner to utilise an evidence-based approach for practice and public protection
- Completion of the course will enable you to competently practice as a general practice nurse at a fundamental level of post registration practice
- This role requires consolidation of registrant standards of competence and developing confidence to work alone without direct supervision, undertaking and reporting on autonomous decisions made in pract
- Current DBS (within last 3 years)
- Be employed or have a placement in a GP Practice for the duration of the course
- Occupational health clearance
- Reference of support from employing practice
- Evidence of NMC PIN
- Details of practice assessor
- Details of cervical cytology mentor
Nurses undertaking the programme must have access to a practice assessor (for competency support) who will provide a minimum of 2 hours support per week. The student can also work alongside other disciplines who can supervise practical skill development.