Fundamentals of General Practice Nursing Course Academic Credits

Course Start

The next module will commence on 1st October 2019.  This module will be taught across all main university sites and will be delivered over one academic year.

The dates and times of each session will be varied, over the twelve months of the course with some self-directed learning sessions within the timetable. You would be expected to travel across these venues.


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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Course outline

The course will be delivered utilising a flexible approach; using blended learning format where students will learn in classroom, supervised practice both in skills laboratories and clinical placement. Students will also be expected to undertake learning by self-direction. Inter-professional learning may also be available. Students will be expected to obtain their own general practice placement whilst undertaking the course, where at least 30 hours need to be facilitated and supervised clinical practice hours with a mentor.

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate and evaluate a systematic understanding of key aspects of the role of the practice nurse within primary care in relation to contemporary legislative and professional requirements.

  • Demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills in a variety of clinical encounters in general practice.

  • Communicate and analyse understanding of commonly encountered presentations in the general practice setting and develop a range of problem solving solutions.

  • Critically reflect and evaluate the principles of chronic disease management, screening and health promotion for clients and carers within the practice population.

Entry requirements

Students must be a registered general nurse who are relatively new to  working in general practice environment or has agreed access to work in a  practice environment for 1 year, with an appropriately trained nurse mentor who has at least 2 years’ experience working in general practice.

Course Content

Using the Practice Nurse Competency Framework (PNCF©) as a resource tool this module aims to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence of general practice nurses to demonstrate the core competencies deemed to be essential for all General Practice Nurses as well as selected level 1 competencies. The emphasis will be on the provision of a holistic, multi-professional approach to meeting the needs of a diverse patient group. Students will be empowered to assess and implement high quality care for patients, referring onwards when the care required is without the limits of their competence. Competence will be demonstrated through completion of a competency document assessed by a suitable qualified mentor within the students own general practice and development of a critically reflective portfolio.

Key Features

This is a bespoke course for novice general practice nurses delivered by a dynamic teaching team consisting of experienced staff, many with general practice nurse backgrounds and special interests in the topics they are delivering.  Sessions will be delivered across all areas of university campus so students are expected to travel between venues. This is a one year 60 level 6 accredited module.

The knowledge and skills acquired during the module are in line with and are underpinned by the RCGP framework, RCGP (2012) General Practice Nursing Competencies. It also meets the standards outlined in the Health Education England, District and General Practice Nursing Service Education and Career Framework (2015) document.

Fully funded places are available in September 2019, for further information please click here (PDF, file size: 222.48KB)

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Programme Specification


  • Competency document meeting requirements of RCGP competency framework. 0% weighting (pass/fail)

  • A reflective personal portfolio of evidence which demonstrates your evidence of learning achieved during the module, its application in the workplace and areas for future learning and development. (minimum 6000 words)


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