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General Practice Nurse Training Post

3Sixty Care Partnership

Closing date is 05 July 2020

Job overview

Practice Nurse Training Posts:

We are delighted to offer these exciting posts which build on the success of our 2019 General Practice Nurse training pilot. Working in partnership with Health Education England, NHS England and NHS Improvement, we have developed this innovative approach which combines the De Montfort University Introduction to Practice Nursing study programme with the opportunity to be employed by a local GP practice to develop your learning and competencies within a workplace environment.

Main duties of the job

If you are (or soon to be) a qualified nurse, we have five posts available for a new and exciting role as a General Practice Nurse in Northamptonshire.

Successful candidates joining our programme will receive a salary and a unique package of support to develop the skills and competencies required to undertake a variety of roles to kick start your career in general practice.

About us

The recruitment for these posts is being centrally managed through the Northamptonshire Primary Care Training Hub. The training hub works with GP practices across Northamptonshire to attract, develop and grow our strongest asset; our people. The GPN training posts will be based at individual practices across the county and successful candidates will be directly employed by the practice that is hosting their post.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job Description

Role title: General Practice Nurse Training Post (Northamptonshire)

Hours per week: 37.5

Job type: Fixed term 9 months (possibly to become substantive)

Grade: Agenda for Change Band 5 (£24,907 PA)

Reports to: GP partner / Senior Nurse for Clinical matters

Practice Manager for organisational matters

Employer: Contract of employment with the Practice

Base: The post will be based at a local Northamptonshire GP practice but flexibility to travel to the university and other primary care bases for additional experience will be required

Brief overview of role

General Practice Nursing is a hugely rewarding area of nursing. You will help people to manage their own conditions, such as asthma, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease. You will help them to stay well and promote healthy lifestyles whilst also assessing, screening, and treating people from small children to the elderly.

We are looking for General Practice Nurses to join our dynamic forward thinking teams. You dont necessarily need previous experience in General Practice Nursing as full training will be available for the right candidate. You will need a valid NMC PIN and you must already be a registered general nurse to apply (or must have these in place by the end of August 2020).

These new roles provide a unique opportunity that is ideal for newly qualified nurses, nurses who are returning to practice or nurses wishing to transfer into a career in general practice. The role will include employment from a host practice to develop practical clinical skills and release 1 day a week to undertake training and development through a structured training programme in readiness for a career in general practice.

We are supporting these roles through the Northamptonshire Health and Care Partnership Training Hub and the posts will be based at practices across the county.

The post will consist of:

  • Undertaking a BSc or PGCert in General Practice Nursing at De Montfort University with associated learning for 1 day a week for the duration of the 9 months university programme (university component)

  • Exposure to working in General Practice and increasing competence as a new GPN for 4 days a week (clinical component). During these 4 days, there will be practice supervision as well as service delivery.

  • The university component includes a range a range of teaching and learning strategies and a commitment to self-directed study is essential. Learning action plans and goals to be achieved will be agreed between the university staff, the practice staff and the post holder.

  • Within the clinical component, specific clinical support and supervision will be agreed between the practice team and the post holder.

Main responsibilities

University Component:

  • The aim of this module is to prepare registered nurses who have been recently appointed in general practice to have a baseline competence in the General Practice Nursing (GPN) role through both theoretical preparation and work based learning.. This De Montfort University study programme includes:

  • Teacher-led sessions

  • Student-led seminars and presentations

  • Discussions and tutorials

  • Independent study

  • Focused reflection

  • A range of experiential teaching methods

  • Commitment to engage in required self-directed study to meet deadlines and assessments as required and ensure learning in the classroom setting is translated into the workplace environment

  • Identify where insight into specific areas will contribute to learning and negotiate with the practice team to support

  • Engage with university assessors and clinical supervisors to maximise the potential for learning and development

  • Be an advocate for general practice nursing using every opportunity to raise awareness of the speciality

    Clinical Component:

    Each Practice host employer will discuss clinical duties with the post holder specific to their practice. However, it will be expected that:

  • The post holder will deliver high quality, compassionate care and display attitudes and behaviours compatible with NHS Values and in line with the NMC Code of Conduct

  • Participate in daily supervision and de-brief with senior supporting nurse and / or GP

  • Seek appropriate support to gain insight into specific clinical areas that will contribute to learning

  • Participate in practice based team meetings, multidisciplinary meetings and nurse meetings contributing to these as appropriate

  • Engage in reflective practice, learning from constructive feedback and maximising potential for learning

  • Ensure compliance with mandatory training requirements

Person Specification



  • Registered Nurse (or likely to be by end of August 2020)
  • Motivated to embark on a career in general practice nursing


  • Suitable transferrable skills from pre-registration/Return to Practice or previous nursing role



  • Suitable transferrable skills from pre-registration/Return to Practice or previous nursing role


  • Exposure to general practice nursing either on placement, insight visit or self-negotiated session

Knowledge, skills and ability


  • Evidence of excellent communication skills
  • Ability to negotiate in difficult and challenging situations
  • Effective team worker


  • Personally effective in delivery of project outcomes
  • Able to lead and take charge of events

Personal attributes


  • Highly self-motivated, flexible and able to take the initiative
  • Able to maintain energy and enthusiasm
  • Approachable, helpful and encouraging


  • Displays a creative approach to problem solving



  • Ability and flexibility to travel between HEIs, CCG, HEE (EM), and other practices as appropriate

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

UK Registration

Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer Details

Employer name

3Sixty Care Partnership


St Mary's Hospital

London Road



NN15 7PW

Employer's website

Date posted

16 June 2020

Pay scheme

Agenda for change


Band 5


£24,907 a year




9 months

Working pattern



37.5 hours a week

Reference number


Job locations

St Mary's Hospital

London Road



NN15 7PW

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