Early Career

How do I become a GPN and what do I need to become a GPN?

You must be a qualified and registered adult, child, mental health or learning disability nurse to work as a GPN in general practice. You’ll also either need to undertake further training and education or be willing to after being appointed. Some employers may ask for knowledge or experience in specific areas, e.g. health promotion or working with patients with long-term conditions. You may be offered the opportunity to undertake an academic General Practice Nurse programme at a local university.

What is a General Practice Nurse (GPN)?View academic programmes in the UK

Transition to General Practice Nursing Resource

The QNI has produced a free online learning tool for nurses who are new to General Practice or who are considering moving into this field.

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Health Education England

Health Education England’s Education and Career Framework for general practice nursing offers more detailed information on the core skills and education needed.

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NHS Careers Service

Practice nurses work in GP surgeries to assess, screen, treat and educate patients, and help doctors give medical care.

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General Practice Nurse Induction Template

NHS England and the QNI have published an Induction Template for General Practice Nursing, as part of Action Four of the General Practice Nursing Ten Point Plan.

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