NHS England, in collaboration with The QNI, has launched a new Induction Template for General Practice Nursing as part of the delivery on Action Four of the General Practice Nursing Ten Point Plan.
The Induction Template is specifically designed to enable employers to ensure that nurses in a first career destination role in General Practice are well supported when taking their first career step in primary care. This new resource may also be beneficial to nurses who require induction, having recently moved from a hospital or other community nursing environment into primary care for the first time. It aims to assist with good practice around induction and orientation, by developing a bespoke checklist with common ‘national’ elements that can be adapted to suit local areas.
It is anticipated that the template will also be useful to those nurses who may have been working in primary care for some time, but who would like updating on their knowledge. The resource may also be useful to nursing associates, health care assistants and student nurses preparing for a primary care placement. The template will also provide guidance for practices employing General Practice Nurses.
The author of the document, Queen’s Nurse and experienced nursing mentor and educator, Sharon Aldridge-Bent commented ‘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’.
Paul Vaughan, Head of Nursing Now England, responsible for the delivery of the GPN Ten Point Plan commented: 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 working general practice.
The resource underpinned by General Practice – developing confidence, capability and capacity – A ten-point action plan for General Practice Nursing (2017) contributes towards the overall strategic goals outlined in the General Practice Five Year Forward View.
The document can also be viewed on the QNI’s website here.
In due course, the Induction Template will also be publicly hosted on a new General Practice Nursing education website.