How to become a General Practice Nurse
General practice nurses work in GP surgeries. In Wakefield, most GP nurses work as part of a practice team with doctors, other nurses, healthcare assistants and a variety of other health care professionals. GP nurses have a very varied role that is hugely rewarding and satisfying.
To become a GP nurse you must generally be a qualified and registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse. You will also need to undertake further training and education to become a GP nurse.
The following resources can help you find out more about how to become a GP nurse:
- Health Careers in the NHS – Health Education England pages and videos
- National Careers Service- Practice Nurse
There are other routes to becoming a GP nurse including undertaking BSc Adult Nursing Course from the Open University. This course is designed for people who would like to train to become a nurse (within adult nursing) and are already working as a healthcare support worker/healthcare assistant. It enables you to stay in work while you study – provided you have the support of your employer. On successful completion of your studies, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a qualified nurse. For more details about the Open University route to GP nursing view the course page here.
Wakefield is also involved in the second wave of Nurse Associate Training. This 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. The role will allow career progression and a route to becoming a registered GP nurse. Hear Olivia's story as she begins her Nurse Associate Training below.
For more information on the Nursing associate role please visit the NHS Health Education England website here.
Another new route is the Nurse Degree Apprenticeship which will be offered from September 2017. For more information on the apprenticeship click here.
What is a day in the life of a General Practice Nurse like?
Watch the Health Education England video to find out more about the array of activities and procedures their day may include.
What is the Academy doing to help?
Working with local schools to be able to offer work experience placements in general practice to school and college students.
Working with local schools to be able to offer internship placements in general practice to school and college students interested in a career in healthcare.
Student Nurse placements in General Practice
Supporting our local Advanced Training Practice Hub to provide student nurse placements in general practice. The aim of this is to give student nurses the experience of general practice and showcasing to them that working in general practice can lead to a satisfying and rewarding career.
GP Nurse Ready Scheme
Supporting our local Advanced Training Practice Hub to provide GP Nurse Ready placements. This is a scheme from Health Education England Yorkshire and Humber to provide financial support to practices to support and supervise a new nurse in both formal academic and experiential supervision and learning over a period of no less than two years. For details of the GP Nurse Ready Scheme in 2017/18, including the application process for practices, please click here.
Want more information?
If you would like more information about these programmes then please contact the Academy team.