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NES General Practice Nursing learning and development is organised within a national coordinated network.

What is the NES GPN Co-ordinated Network?

The main purpose of the NES GPN Co-ordinated network is to advance general practice nursing in Scotland by providing information on access to quality, accessible and locally relevant information, support, education and representation for general practice nursing. Access to education supporting key national priorities will be given precedence.

General Practice Nursing is sometimes described as a fragmented workforce, and can feel isolating. The network seeks to to bring learning and development advice and support where it is needed. 


New Job Share for the National Coordinator of General Practice Nursing in Scotland

After four years of bringing together an educationally fragmented workforce of General Practice Nurses, Susan Kennedy has reduced her hours to work as part of a job share with Ruth Aird. 

Susan Kennedy, an experienced practice nurse from North Glasgow, was appointed in March 2011 to the full time post at NHS Education for Scotland. Along with working as a generalist practice nurse in a small surgery from 1995 to 2007 she taught other practice nurses on supporting people to manage cardiovascular disease across the UK. In 2007 she was appointed as a full time lecturer in Nursing & Health Care, University of Glasgow. The valuable practical knowledge of working in general practice, delivering education at both graduate and masters level, and involvement in developing the Framework for Nursing in General Practice in 2004 and the Career and Development Framework for GPN in 2011 are helpful for coordinating the national GPN network, representing GPN on national committees, and as Programme Leader for the one year programme for nurses new to general practice nursing.

After working for 18 years as a General Practice Nurse, Ruth Aird has accepted the job share with Susan bringing both academic knowledge and skills from an MSc in Education (Queen Margaret University) and the practical skills of a nurse prescriber in the management of long term conditions. Ruth was a clinical mentor to pre and post graduate nurses undertaking various forms of training in primary care. While in post as a NES GPN Education Advisor Ruth was instrumental in setting up Practice Based Small Group Learning for practice nurses across Lothian.  She is now excited at the prospect of playing a part in facilitating education amongst practice nurses in Scotland.


Susan Kennedy MSc RGN DN
3rd Floor
2 Central Quay
89 Hydepark Street
Glasgow G3 8BW

Email: Susan.Kennedy@nes.scot.nhs.uk
Tel: 0141 223 1479

There is a half time programme administrator to provide administrative support to the General Practice Nursing Network and GPN Programme. Contact is Elizabeth.Cook@nes.scot.nhs.uk Tel: 0141 223 1559


General Practice Nursing Education Advisors

In each Scottish Health Board area we aim to have a sessional General Practice Nursing Education Advisor. This provides a Scottish network linking local practice nurses, either through existing or new networks, to a national General Practice Nursing Coordinator at NES. The sessional roles give career opportunities for highly experienced and motivated individuals. This network also links to other national networks such as NES General Practice Associate Directors; NES Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professionals (NMAHP); Scottish Practice Nurse Leads Group; Scottish Practice Nurse Association (SPNA), RCN Practice Nurse Associationand RCGP General Practice Foundation.

The NES GPN Education Advisor works closely with their Health Board, in particular with existing practice nurse advisors and professional leads.

The principle aims of this role are to:-

  • Support the local development and delivery of education for general practice nurses.
  • Contribute towards national NES work commensurate with the GPN Education Advisors professional expertise to advance the role of General Practice Nursing.
  • Support the work of the NES National Co-ordinator for General Practice Nursing in local Health Board area.

The GPN Education Advisors contact details can be accessed by sending an email request to medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk for the email address of  the NES GPN Education Advisor in the Health Board area you require.


Advertising for new GPN Education Advisors

Sessional NES General Practice Nurse Education Advisor Post for the following areas: Dumfries and Galloway; Lothian; South Highland and Western Isles. This is an exciting opportunity to expand your career by undertaking sessional work for National Health Education for Scotland. Please apply for details of this post and a job description from the link on the advertisement.


NES General Practice Nursing Documents

In 2012 NES undertook a national consultation on vocational training for general practice nurses with an independent report

NES published Standards for Education Providers: Cervical Cytology in Clinical Practice which are important for general practice nurses undertaking cervical cytology screening. 

Appraisal. Forms for conducting an appraisal with practice nurses based on KSF. (If you are interested in peer appraisal then contact medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk for more information).

In May 2014 a NES event was held in Edinburgh called 'Direction of General Practice Nursing'. There is a review of the presentations and discussion groups from this event in the NES GPN Newsletter Summer 2014. A longer report will be available on this web page by the end of June.  


General Practice Nursing Education Supervisors

These are experienced nurses working in general practice who were selected after advert from across Scotland. The current team of 17 Education Supervisors successfully completed a programme of education to prepare them to provide work based learning as practice teachers for general practice nursing. Their employng practices are reimbursed for their time in delivering regular tutorials with their General Practice Nursing Programme participants. There is structure but also some flexibility in the tutorial programme. Supervisors also provide some teaching at the 11 central taught days.


We are now recruiting for new Education Supervisors – see below