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 currently working towards becoming an Integrated Care System (ICS) as set in the Government’s white paper and a key part of the NHS Long Term Plan. The aim of the ICS is to deliver better, more integrated care for patients. We are now expected to become statutory bodies by April 2022. ICS’s also have the potential to drive improvements in population health and tackle health inequalities by reaching beyond the NHS to work alongside local authorities and other partners to address social and economic determinants of health.

GCCG is required to review the overall structure moving into the ICS. During this period of change, we have an exciting opportunity to consider a longer term sustainable model focusing on promoting learning and development, mentorship, support our new to practice and newly qualified nursing staff and the primary care workforce.

The GDOC Parachute Nursing service commissioned by GCCG offers support to practices in crisis under set criteria. The lead contact for the service is

Helen Acock, Clinical Learning and Development Matron is the lead contact for all nursing and health care support workers Countywide.

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?

For information about routes to qualification from the NMC Click Here >

Additional information about becoming a General Practice Nurse can be found here

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 >

Meet the Nursing Associates

The below video clearly depicts the role and responsibilities of a Nursing Associate, making it a useful recourse for Practices/PCNs to help explain to Patients what a Nursing Associate is.

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