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General Practice Nursing

General Practice Nursing (GPN) is a key part of delivering safe, person centred and high quality care in a Primary Care setting.

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

The NES Team includes:

  • National Co-ordinator for GPN - Vicki Waqa
  • GPN Educational Lead - Karen Beattie
  • Specialist Lead GPN CPD - Diane MacMichael
  • GPN Clinical Educator - Moira Dowden
  • GPN Clinical Education - Lucia Condron

GPN Programme

The GPN Programme is a thirteen-month, work-based learning programme for GPN's new in post (within 2 years). The programme is accredited by Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh and the RCGP, Scotland. All nurses are supported academically and clinically by the GPN Team and Education Supervisors, whom are very experienced GPN's throughout the programme. Teaching now takes place virtually and clinical observation in the nurses own practice areas.

Continuing Professional Development Education

  • Cervical Screening
  • Asthma
  • COPD
  • Paediatric Asthma
  • Menopause/HRT
  • Spirometry

All CPD education is advertised and bookable via:


NES GPN Connect Journal

NES GPN Connect Journals are full of up-to information relevant to GPN's in Scotland. Many GPN's contribute to each edition and each journal has new and exciting news. There are available bimonthly and can be accessed via online platforms or by contacting Medicalpracticenurse@nes.scot.nhs.uk or CPDConnect@nes.scot.nhs.uk 


This page was last updated on: 29.10.2021 at 08.49