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General practice nursing

Practice nurses work in GP surgeries where they plan, provide care, treatment and health education to patients of all ages.

General Practice Nursing (GPN) clinical supervision

We are monitoring take up of GPN workplace supervisors through Primary Care Networks (PCNs).


Primary Care and General Practice Nursing Career and Core Capabilities Framework

The role of general practice nurses has evolved to meet changes in both service demand and clinical care. To support these evolving roles, two Frameworks have been developed in partnership with Skills for Health and commissioned by NHS England and NHS Improvement, as part of the General Practice Nursing Ten Point Plan to develop confidence, capability and capacity for general practice nurses.


  • The career and core capability framework will help to promote and support nurses, employers, and workforce planners to understand the knowledge, skills and attributes that the nursing profession can provide in primary care, which meet the needs of the population. Download the Primary Care and General Practice Nursing Career and Core Capabilities Framework from the Skills for Health website. 


Nursing Associate

This role was introduced to help build the capacity of the nursing workforce and the delivery of high-quality care. It provides career progression for health care support workers and is a progression route to registered nurse if required.

More information can be found on our Training Nursing Associates page


Advanced clinical practice (ACP)

More information can be found on our Advanced Clinical Practice page.


Return to practice nursing (pre and post registration)

A number of universities provide courses for newly qualified or registered nurses, who haven’t been in practice for a while and would like to return to practice, contact us for more information and advice.


GPN ready schemes

Various schemes operate across the country. Get in touch with local Training Hubs for more information. More information can be found on our Training Hubs page


Other Resources 

Watch our 'A day in the life of a general practice nurse' film

Find out more about career options on our Health Careers website


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