Career progression for general practice nurses

Karen Storey explains what the General Practice Education and Career Framework will offer practice nurses

Karen Storey explains what the General Practice Education and Career Framework will offer practice nurses.

Abstract

Access to education and career development for general practice nurses (GPNs) is variable and ad hoc, depending on where individuals work in the country and their general practice settings.

As a GPN, I have had access to clinical education but I have had to leave general practice to fulfil my leadership aspirations.

Due to a lack of professional development and a defined career pathway, general practice nursing is rarely considered a viable career option for students or newly qualified nurses. If the current workforce crisis is to be addressed, undergraduate placements for nursing students in primary and community settings must become the norm.

Experienced GPNs should be trained to be mentors, yet some think that they have few opportunities to do so because there is a lack of students in the workplace.

Health Education England’s (HEE) District Nursing and General Practice Nursing Service Education and Career Framework (HEE 2015) demonstrates that there is a clear pathway of progression from healthcare assistant (HCA) to advanced nurse practitioners. It also sets out the qualifications required to practice at each level, including a Master’s degree for the most senior roles.

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This article was first published in print under the original title 'Career progression' in Primary Health Care: volume 25, issue 10

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