The Introduction to General Practice Nursing module has been designed by representatives from practice and the Universities of Surrey, Brighton, Canterbury Christ Church and Greenwich.
Over a period of one year, you will attend six campus-based study days, with an additional four study days tailored to meet the specific requirements of your role within your practice.
Each study day consists of a core lecture and 'action learning', where you will share examples from your own practice with others on the course.
You will be supported by an experienced practice nurse mentor, a primary care workforce tutor or nurse development lead, employed by your clinical commissioning group, and the module co-ordinator.
Taught sessions will focus on modern-day general practice nursing, through a mix of clinical and theoretical topics that draw from the competencies as outlined within two documents:
- A Competency Framework for Practice Nursing (Kent, Surrey and Sussex SHA 2009)
- General Practice Nurse Competencies (RCGP 2012)
You will complete a practice portfolio recording your past experiences and plan for development. Development reviews will be conducted throughout the module by your mentor and the module leader. These reviews determine your level of development, depth of learning and methods of applying theory to practice.
Please note: You will start the module when you take up post in practice.
In addition to holding a professional qualification and being registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, all students must have the following:
- evidence of successful completion of study at Level 5 or 6 within the previous five years.
- employer support
- an identified mentor who has successfully completed an NMC approved programme of preparation to enable them to support learning and assessment in practice (NMC 2008)
- access to a computer and the internet
- satisfactory clearance in areas identified by the CCG/practice
- satisfactory occupational health assessment if deemed necessary
- As a registrant with the NMC it is envisaged that the learner will have an IELTS score of 7.0 in all categories or equivalent for non-native-English speaking applicants.
Level 6 learning outcomes:
On successful completion of this module you should be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of nursing in primary care and a deep appreciation of the political and social factors that drive policy, legal and professional accountability relating to the Scope of Professional Practice (NMC 2008)
- critically analyse and review the nature of practice nursing and develop essential skills to deliver a quality service
- critically evaluate and effectively apply the values and behaviours of current Department of Health strategies and the NHS Constitution whilst adopting an evidence-based multi-professional approach to care.
- achieve competence through engagement, team working, reflective learning and successfully completing the practice portfolio.
This module will explore:
- the evidence base that underpins practice nursing
- the role and scope of the general practice nurse
- quality and risk management in relation to contemporary health policy
- clinical management of common long term conditions (including pharmacological)
- issues related to health promotion, education and protection.
A strong emphasis will be placed on the themes associated with Chief Nursing Officer’s Strategy for Nurses, Midwives and Care Staff (Compassion in Practice DH 2012), notably the six Cs and the NHS Constitution (2013) values and behaviours, which will be weaved through each component of the module.
Teaching and assessment
The course offers 30 credits at level 6 and includes theory and practice elements through work-based learning.
Approaches to learning and teaching will be based on an eclectic range of methods, such as reflective learning, creative and innovative learning, assessment strategies, seminar presentations, workshops, lectures, group discussions and action learning sets.
You will be required to complete the following assessments:
- Part one: Assessment of Practice Portfolio
The practice portfolio will include essential skills, core and negotiated competencies and two reflective accounts (500 words each) based on the learners practice experience.
Weighting towards module mark – Pass / Fail
- Part two:
The learner will be required to complete a case study that evaluates the assessment and delivery of evidenced based care in practice. Learners will be required to present their case study on the final study day of the module for formative peer discussion and review.
Weighting towards module mark (%) – 100%
Please note: You must pass both parts of the assessment.