General practice is busy, the demand is high and the patients are becoming more complex to manage. Practice Nursing certainly isn’t the ‘easy’ job that it is sometimes perceived to be. Whether working as a Health care assistant, Practice Nurse or Nurse Practitioner working in a GP Practice is an area of nursing that is transforming, reflecting the shift of care from hospitals into primary care. Now is great opportunity to be involved. It isn’t all about disease management, it involves screening, treatment, prevention and social care. There is real potential for career development and a chance to challenge health inequalities from a grass roots level.
General Practice isn’t for everyone but if you want a job where you have to think, work autonomously, use enhanced communication and problems solving skills and want to develop relationships that can have a real impact on someone's life then maybe Practice Nursing is for you.
New General Practice Nursing Plan Published - Recognise, Rethink, Reform
The Health Education England (HEE) general practice nursing workforce development plan ‘Recognise, Rethink, Reform,’ has been launched. It puts forward a range of recommendations to support and develop the workforce for the future and to help nurses make effective career choices.
Members representing HEE, NHS England, the Queen’s Nursing Institute, the Royal College of Nursing and the Royal College of General Practitioners formed a task and finish group chaired by GP, Dr Peter Lane, to look at four key areas:
entry into general practice – raising the profile as a first career choice and increasing the availability of training placements for students
establishing the role of the GP nurse – ensuring appropriate training and support is available for new GPNs
enhancing the role with professional development and career progression
expanding the healthcare support workforce with standardised training and career path
A press release and the development plan can be found on the Health Education England website.