General Practice Nursing Induction Template will help new staff adapt to the role

Author of guide says it will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the specialty

Author of guide says it will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the specialty

General practice nurse administering a vaccination. Picture: Alamy

A guide has been published to help first-time general practice nurses to navigate their new role.

The General Practice Nursing Induction Template, which was developed by NHS England and the Queen’s Nursing Institute, also aims to help employers with the induction process.

Tackling staff attrition

The template was developed as part of NHS England’s general practice nursing ten-point plan to raise the profile of the specialty and boost staff numbers.

The ten-point plan was published in 2017 in response to concerns that a third of general practice nurses in England were preparing to retire in the following three years.

The induction template includes:

  • Education and training requirements for the role.
  • Information on administering vaccinations and immunisations, and providing travel health services.
  • Definitions of other community and health and social care roles, such as district nurse, health visitor and advanced nurse practitioner.
  • An explanation about general practice’s status as an independent business, and professional indemnity insurance.

Template author and Queen’s Nurse Sharon Aldridge-Bent said: ‘Developing this template highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive induction and orientation programme for all nurses new to general practice.

‘This most certainly will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary care setting.’

The induction template can be tailored to each practice, and can assist nurses who have recently moved from working in hospitals or other community nursing environments.

It may also benefit nursing students preparing for a primary care placement, as well as nursing associates and healthcare assistants.

Paul Vaughan. Picture: Tim George

Head of Nursing Now England Paul Vaughan, who is responsible for the delivery of the ten-point plan, said: ‘This new resource will enable employers to ensure they provide nurses new to general practice with a really good experience of working in the sector, and ensure they have a great start to their long and exciting career.’

Further information

General Practice Nursing Induction Template

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