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General practice nursing: QNI sets standards for new staff

Queen’s Nursing Institute says they will act as a guide for nurses and employers
Picture shows a nurse holding an electronic tablet talking to a mother with a young daughter

Queens Nursing Institute says they will act as a guide for nurses and employers

A set of voluntary standards for nurses new to general practice has been published by the Queens Nursing Institute (QNI).

The QNI standards of education and practice for nurses new to general practice nursing have been developed to support them at the beginning of their career in the specialty.

While not mandatory, the standards are intended to act as a guide for new

Queen’s Nursing Institute says they will act as a guide for nurses and employers

Picture shows a nurse holding an electronic tablet talking to a mother with a young daughter
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A set of voluntary standards for nurses new to general practice has been published by the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI).

The QNI standards of education and practice for nurses new to general practice nursing have been developed to support them at the beginning of their career in the specialty.

While not mandatory, the standards are intended to act as a guide for new general practice nurses (GPNs) and their employers during an induction period.

What is expected of nurses

The standards state that new GPNs will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the area’s population needs across all four fields of nursing.
  • Build rapport with patients.
  • Demonstrate autonomy.
  • Engage with and use digital technology.
  • Contribute to national screening programmes.
  • Understand national and local strategies.
  • Contribute to the development of junior members of staff.
  • Contribute to a system that responds to patient feedback.

‘An important step in ensuring greater consistency’

The QNI was commissioned by NHS England to develop the standards following a 2017 strategic document that set out a ten-point action plan for nursing in the specialty, called General Practice: Developing confidence, capability and capacity.

Commenting on the new standards, QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said they will help GPNs deliver care to people of all ages. She called the standards ‘an important step in ensuring greater consistency of education and practice in this field’.

RCN professional lead for general practice nursing Marie Therese Massey said it is important to attract nurses into general practice nursing.

She said: ‘The role is constantly evolving, and it is hoped these standards will provide a more structured overview for those just starting out, as well as for those involved in their training and education as well as their employers.’


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