How do I become a General Practice Nurse (GPN)?
There are a number of pathways to become a General Practice Nurse (GPN) ranging from: applying directly to a GP practice to become a GPN; to structured work-based education and training – although this varies across the UK.
The first step is to access websites that will provide you with detailed information on the role of the General Practice Nurse e.g:
Make contact with a local practice
1. All General Practices have a website, you can:
- Email, telephone or write to the Practice Manager and or General Practice Nurse
- Ask: to meet them to find out more about the role; if you can shadow them in practice; if they are aware of any GPN posts that may be available; can they direct you to other sources of information and or support.
2. Access your local Clinical Commissioning Group website for job opportunities – do not be put off by adverts requesting GPN experience –be prepared to promote your expertise!
3. Establish if a potential employer will support you to undertake an academic programme
Find out where posts are advertised
- Check the local paper
- NHS Jobs website now have a dedicated site for General Practice Nursing training and job vacancies
- Contact the local training hubs that can provide help and advice on training, funding and possible practices looking for GPNs
- Look out for GPN events and conferences in your area
- Look on the local LMC website job vacancies