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The Queens Nursing Institute
1A Henrietta Place
Previously at London South Bank University
BSc Professional Nursing Practice (General Practice nursing)
PgCert General Practice Nursing
PgDip General Practice Nursing
MSc General Practice Nursing
This course has been designed to provide a structured career pathway for nurses new to general practice and is based on the career and development framework for nursing in general practice (HEE, 2015) and aligns with the RCGP competencies. The Postgraduate Certificate provides the clinical skills and competencies to support nurses moving from secondary care into a primary care setting. Progression onto the Postgraduate Diploma award encompasses higher level skills to support career pathways in either mentorship and supervision of staff, leadership or advancing clinical practice.
12 Course Aims
The Postgraduate Diploma in General Practice Nursing aims to:
1 Equip graduates with knowledge, skills and attributes to enable them to deliver safe, appropriate, effective, efficient and evidence-based integrated health care to individuals and families within primary and community care.
2 Facilitate the personal and professional development of participants to enable them to demonstrate a reflective, enquiring, critical and innovative approach to practice.
3 Provide quality education and training for General Practice Nurses (GPN) that meets the Career and Development Framework (HEE, 2015) and keeps abreast of current policies and market demands.
4 Foster the student’s potential for strategic leadership, particularly in relation to the continual enhancement of service user and carer’s experience of integrated health care.
13 Course Outcomes
A. Students will have knowledge and understanding of:
A1. The policy drivers influencing and the current evidence supporting general practice nursing within a complex and unpredictable health and social care environment.
A2. The range of physical and emotional health conditions that most commonly present within the locality including supportive management of the relevant condition and knowledge of current evidence based guidelines supporting care.
A3. Relevant management theory to support leadership, supervision or quality assurance and monitoring to ensure effective health and social care within the local community.
B. Students will develop their intellectual skills such that they are able to:
B1. Analyse a range of complex information and is able to select the most appropriate information to support effective clinical practice.
B2. Select an appropriate area of practice to critically evaluate utilising appropriate methodological approaches.
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C. Students will acquire and develop practical skills such that they are able to:
C1. Competently perform the range of treatment skills required within the remit of the practice nurses role and responsibility.
C2. Provide clinical leadership to team members to ensure that quality care is provided to service users and carers experiencing a range of complex health care issues.
D. Students will acquire and develop transferrable skills such that they are able to:
D1. Work collaboratively within a multi-professional team environment, ensuring public health needs of the wide community are met.
D2. Demonstrate effective reflective practice skills to enable critical analysis of personal practice.
D3. Demonstrate effective communication skills within a complex multi-professional environment.
Teaching and learning strategy: a range of teaching and learning strategies will be included within the postgraduate diploma including lectures, group discussion, seminars, action learning groups, clinical supervision and work and practice simulations. This classroom based activity will be supported by online activities including quizzes, electronic resources and online discussions.
Assessment: The Postgraduate diploma in general practice nursing comprises a range of examinations, case study assignment, research critique, essay from a given title and a practice competency document. This allows the students to demonstrate both the depth and breadth of knowledge and skills required to demonstrate competency in the field of practice nursing.
The practice education pathway includes a practice assessment demonstrating competence in assessing students in practice. In addition the reflective assignment and practice portfolio allow students to apply educational theory to practice.
Students studying advanced clinical skills undertake a wide range of assessments including essays, examinations, Objective Structured Clinical Evaluations, case studies, clinical portfolios and practice based records.
Students are provided with opportunities to undertake formative assessment, which prepares them to write at level 7 but also gives an opportunity to practice a range of assessment strategies and receive feedback to support future learning.
Introduction to General Practice Nursing
Public Health Issues in General Practice
Managing Long Term Conditions in General Practice Nursing
Plus optional modules
RCGP Competency document
ANNUALLY -February as requested by HEE
Registered nurse with the NMC
Numeracy and literacy test completed and passed
Working in General practice