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Continuing Professional Development

Fundamentals of General Practice Nursing


The details
Fundamentals of General Practice Nursing
15 credits
Level 6
No date available
Colchester Campus

This module has been designed to provide registered nurses with the fundamental skills required to care for patients in the General Practice setting in primary care.

The module focuses on the assessment and monitoring of patient with long term conditions and the acquisition of specific clinical skills. It takes into account the legal, ethical and cultural issues surrounding the patients’ experiences of primary care.

In addition to acquiring clinical skills, students will have the opportunity to reflect on current issues in contemporary nursing and health care practice and will be supported in taking a reflective approach to reviewing and enhancing their professional practice in this field. 

A bio-psycho-social approach will be undertaken to develop knowledge and skills in Practice Nursing, whilst ensuring that the students are developed to become compassionate, caring individuals who have the courage to make competent decisions including the skills of shared decision making within the interprofessional team, whilst caring for patients in the General Practice Setting.

This module is suitable for nurses with current registration who wish to gain knowledge and skills e.g. those new to General Practice Nursing or those wishing to seek employment in General Practice Nursing

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify and describe the stages of a systematic patient assessment process in general practice.
  2. Identify specific nursing interventions required in the management of selected long term conditions.
  3. Utilise knowledge acquired to undertake specific nursing skills in relation to nursing in general practice.
  4. Demonstrate critical awareness and detailed knowledge of the biopsychosocial sciences to explain investigations and treatments and, drawing from this context, demonstrate ability to assist the patient to understand information provided to them by other health care professionals.

Entry Requirements

Current level 1 or 2 NMC registration in Adult Nursing.


Module Outline

The module will be delivered over 3 months, with attendance required for all taught sessions in combination with asynchronous online, directed learning. For the two day clinical skills workshops all days must be attended. These two day sessions are also available as stand alone workshops for individuals not undertaking the accredited module: - Immunisations. - Family Planning Appreciation. - Cervical Cytology – Preparation for Practice. - Introduction to Long Term Conditions (CVD. Diabetes, Asthma and COPD). Attendees at these workshops will be taught alongside modular students.

Assessment strategy

Assessment weighting (100%) Portfolio of evidence to contain: - Four written case studies from general practice to include reflection with reference to an appropriate evidence base (minimum word count 400 and maximum of 1000 words each). - Completion of clinical competency sheets, assessed by supervisor in GP practice – Pass/fail. All elements of the portfolio must be passed to achieve the final mark.

Fees and funding

For more information on CPD funding please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/funding

What's next

For more information on what next, and how to apply please visit www.essex.ac.uk/departments/health-and-social-care/cpd/how-to-apply

Get in touch

If you require further details about this module, including future course dates, please email cpd@essex.ac.uk.