Improving training available in GP practice settings and raising the profile of the role is key to helping to retain and expand the General Practice Nursing (GPN) workforce says a new report published by Health Education England.
The General Practice nursing workforce development plan ‘Recognise, Rethink, Reform,’ explores the challenges facing the GPN workforce and puts forward a range of recommendations to support and develop the workforce for the future and to help nurses make effective career choices.
Key report recommendations include:
- improving training capacity for the general practice nurse workforce by providing access to accredited training to equip them for each level of their role;
- raising the profile of general practice nursing, to increase the uptake of the role as a first-destination career;
- developing GPN educator roles to cover all CCG areas, including the promotion of mentor training for all GPNs to retain the knowledge and expertise of existing GPNs; and
- the development of a sustainable and easily accessible ‘how-to’ toolkit and web based resource to support the implementation of general practice nursing workforce initiatives.
- a nationwide standardised general practice nursing ‘return to practice’ education programme which includes a general practice placement, mentorship and appropriate support to meet the NMC requirements for ‘return to practice’.