This is a 12-month programme, aimed at newly qualified Nurses or new to primary care Nurses, wishing to work in general practice. Within the first 6-months Nurses will complete a number of short courses to gain practical clinical skills. There is a strong early focus on clinical skills so that the trainee GPNs can bring practical skills to their host Practices as early as possible. Training focuses on:

  • Basic Life Support
  • Venepuncture
  • Vaccination & Immunisation
  • Wound Care
  • Contraception & Sexual Health
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Quality Outcomes Framework
  • Mental Health
  • Introductions to Long Term Conditions (CVD/Diabetes/Asthma/COPD)

In the second 6-months, the Nurses complete a long-term condition (LTC) module. Peer group learning sessions bring the whole group together and provide opportunities for the trainee GPNs to feed back on their experiences and to receive constructive advice and support. They also take part in structured and facilitated ‘Action Learning Sets’ which enable them to reflect on experiences, share ideas and concerns, and challenge perceptions in a trusting and supportive environment. Specific Practice Mentor support sessions provide an opportunity for Practice Nurse Mentors who are supporting the trainee GPNs to meet with the Training Hub Nurse Clinical Lead, and to enable them to feed back on their mentoring experiences and to share their ideas and/or concerns. At the end of the 12-months the trainee GPN gains the practical skills required to be a productive member of the General Practice Nursing workforce.

TPC Employed GPN VTS

Trust Primary Care (TPC) Ltd will employ the Nurses on a fixed term 12-month contract.

Programme Guide can be downloaded here

Eligibility Criteria

Host GP practices should have a strong, experienced, and supportive nursing team who can provide a fantastic learning experience. Assigned Workplace Nurse Mentors should have sufficient knowledge of the GPN role and will have had at least 1 year’s post-registration experience and training as a GPN. There are no formal qualifications attached to the role of Workplace Mentor, and the West Yorkshire Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub clinical team are able to offer support and guidance to Workplace Mentors if needed.

Eligible VTS Nurses must be NMC registered (with NMC PIN) and either be newly qualified or new to General Practice.

Funding Details

A training grant of £4,000/year will be paid to the host GP practice in recognition for supporting and mentoring the trainee GPN.

Funding details correct as of November 2023.

Next Steps

Applications are now closed.

Next cohort are due to start November 2024, with host practice applications being invited from April/May 2024.

 

 

***NEW*** Practice/PCN Employed GPN VTS

Nurses will be employed on a permanent basis by the GP Practice or Primary Care Network (PCN) and be able to access the same 12 month programme of clinical training and support in line with the TPC Employed GPN VTS

Programme Guide can be downloaded here

Eligibility Criteria

Nurses must be newly qualified within 6-months or new to primary care within 6-months first substantial post. Please contact us if you have any questions relating to eligibility.

Funding Details

A bursary of £5,200/year to support backfill to allow the nurses to attend the mandatory training sessions and peer support will be paid directly to the employing practice/PCN.

 

Funding details correct as of November 2023.

Next Steps

Cohort 1 are due to start March 2024 and applications are now closed.

Further opportunities will be advertised in our WY PCWTH fortnightly bulletin.

If you would like to receive the bulletin please submit your request via wy.traininghub@nhs.net