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General Practice Nursing

General Practice Nursing (GPN) is a key part of delivering safe and high quality care in a community setting.

In 2011 a co-ordinated network of NES General Practice Nursing Education Advisors, led by a NES National Co-ordinator in the General Practice section in the Medicine Directorate, established a robust model of education and training for GPNs. Over the past five years the communication, visibility and credibility of the GPN workforce has been improved across Scotland.

Nursing in general practice is challenging, dynamic and rewarding. Many of these nurses work autonomously therefore having easy access to a network of experienced nurses for educational advice and support is very important.

The NES team includes:

  • Two National Co-ordinators for GPN (Jobshare)
  • GPN Education Advisors (sessional)
  • GPN Education Supervisors (sessional)


Vocational training Scheme and programme

A fifteen-month training programme for GPNs in post for a maximum period of one year with access to a supervisor and taught days in a central location.  Learning is linked to supervisors within practice, with regular assignments and practical observation assessments. The course is accredited by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and Robert Gordon’s University, Aberdeen.


Continuing Professional Development Short Courses

  • Cervical Cytology – Initial cervical screening training for GPNs. One taught day in a central location with practical supervision in own practice. This course is assessed through case based studies, 20 reviews and an audit.
  • Leadership – To support general practice nurses to gain the knowledge and skills needed to address the challenges of leading small clinical teams and changes in service delivery. Three taught days in a central location focusing on independent studies and project in place of work.
  • Asthma Short Course – Two taught days at a central location enabling participant to undertake asthma reviews in General Practice. This course is assessed through direct observation on the second day and completion of two reflective pieces with an audit of five reviews.

A lists of all the CPD courses for practice nurses as well as appraisal forms and the newsletters are archived on the following site. http://www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/generalpracticenurses.aspx

If you wish any further details of these courses please email medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk

GPN Newsletters

NES Newsletters are sent by email by GPN Education Advisors to practice nurses in Scottish Board areas. These are published twice a year containing clinical articles, information on new learning opportunities, national GPN news and feature articles.

You can find the most current newsletter here: GPN Newsletter Summer 2016 and for past newsletters please select from below;

If you wish any items to be considered for inclusion or you would like to read about a particular GPN issue please email medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk to highlight this. The next newsletter is due in May 2016.