Nursing and Nursing Associates

Practice Nursing Education and Training Nursing resources including practice nursing, non-medical / independent prescribing, advanced nurse practitioners and nursing associates.

We are pleased to announce that Gdoc and the CCG are working together to deliver some specialist support/training to the practice nurses of Gloucestershire. This will essentially be broken down into four main components and will include;

• Mentoring support for new practice nurses – anyone new to practice nursing or have been in post for up to 3 years will be able to access some mentoring support for immunisations, smears, travel etc. in-house.
• Mentoring support for nurses undertaking chronic disease management or sexual health courses – so if you are undertaking your ARTP spirometry course, diabetes, respiratory or sexual health diploma the GDoc nurses will come and support you in practice for a few sessions to consolidate your learning.

• A parachute nursing service – GDoc are going to be providing general/specialist practice nurses to GP surgeries in crisis
• A practice nurse coordinator for each locality – we have 5 nurses who are going to support practice nurses in Gloucestershire; with the principles of the 10 point plan, raise the profile of practice nursing and be an advocate for high clinical standards and competency based practice.

For more information regarding the 2019/2020 Plan for Mentor Support for New Practice Nurses and those undertaking study of Chronic Disease and Sexual Health please follow this link

Read one Nurse’s journey from Newly Qualified to Primary Care as a Practice Nurse.

Practice Nurse Graduate
Practice Nurse Graduate

Thinking about becoming a Nurse?

Information about routes to qualification from the NMC Click Here >

General Practice Nursing 10 point plan

‘The GPFV published in April 2016 pledged a major expansion of the primary care workforce which includes GPNs. In addition in March 2017, HEE published General Practice Nursing Workforce Development Plan -Recognise, Rethink and Reform. This included a series of recommendations for organisations that can influence the general practice nursing workforce.’

General Practice – Developing
confidence, capability and capacity

Click Here >  to read it in full.

Non-Medical / Independent  Prescribing

These websites may be useful for more information:

NM Prescribing Click here >

University of the West of England Click here >

Nursing & Midwifery Council – Standards for medicine management Click here >

NMC Professional Conduct

NMC Revalidation

Advanced Clinical Practitioners

These websites may be useful for more information;

Particularly useful are the competency frameworks for General Practice Advanced Nurses Click Here > to download them.

HEE Advanced Clinical Practice: Click Here >

General Practice Nursing 10 point plan: Click Here >

A joint framework released by the RCGP and HEE provides core capabilities clarity for advanced level nurses in primary care/general practice. The framework can be used by practices to assess competencies and develop career pathways where relevant for Advancing Clinical Practice.

Nursing Associates

The Nursing Associate role is a new support role that will sit alongside existing healthcare support workers and fully-qualified registered nurses to deliver hands-on care for patients. Following huge interest some 2,000 people are now in training with providers across England.

This document from HEE explains the role and function of Nurse Associates in General Practice to view Click here >

These websites may be useful for more information:

HEE developing our workforce – nursing associates: Click Here >

Nursing & Midwifery Council (NMC) – nursing associates: Click Here >

Royal College of Nursing – become a nursing associate: Click Here >

Locality Nurse Coordinator Contacts

Emma Hunt  (North and South Cotswolds)

Lesley Grey (Forest of Dean and Tewkesbury)

Katherine Thomas (Stroud and Berkley Vale)

Angela Wixey (Gloucester and Cheltenham)

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