Following stakeholder engagement in 2018, Health Education England (HEE) local offices introduced a harmonised, pan-London approach to GPN recruitment to address variation in offers across the region. The overarching aim is to ensure that any nurse looking to train as a GPN in any part of London, will be offered broadly the same training options with the same training grant.
It is recognised that each area of practice will have its own training and education needs and preferences. However, in order to support the delivery of a pan London approach to training, there are two categories of training programmes for those new to general practice nursing; Foundation programmes and Academic programmes. The Foundation and Academic programmes offer a choice between short, skills-based training and a longer, academically focussed programme.
Foundation programmes are available from seven Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) serving London. The programmes vary from HEI to HEI (Level 6/7, 20-60 credits) and last between 3 and 8 months. Foundation programmes broadly offer ‘start up’ skills-based training for newly qualified nurses (NQNs) and/or nurses new to employment in General Practice. At the end of the programme the GPN will have gained skills in a number of areas, including cervical sampling, childhood immunisations and travel vaccinations and will be ready to work autonomously as part of the General Practice team. Please see the programme descriptions later in this document for more detail on the curriculum of each course. Please note we will also fund Nursing Associates (NAs) on the Level 6 foundation course.
Academic programmes (Level 6/7, 120 credits) are available from four HEIs in London and offer an academic qualification in General Practice nursing. The programmes can be undertaken either part-time over 2 years or full-time in 1 year. The latter offers a ‘fast track’ progression in General Practice Nursing suited to NQNs looking to establish a career in General Practice. At the end of the programme, the GPN will have achieved a Primary Care (Practice Nursing) BSc/PgDip, meet Level 6/7 competencies and be working autonomously as part of the General Practice team. Please see the programme descriptions later in this document for more detail on the curriculum of each course.