Health Education England has published The General Practice Nursing Workforce Development Plan.
This report aims to offers guidance and steps that can be taken to improve general practice nursing recruitment and retention, and encourage nurses to return to the profession by setting out how best to respond to the current and anticipated workforce challenges at both strategic and local levels.
Key report recommendations include:
- improving training capacity for the general practice nurse workforce by providing access to accredited training to equip them for each level of their role;
- raising the profile of general practice nursing, to increase the uptake of the role as a first-destination career;
- developing GPN educator roles to cover all CCG areas, including the promotion of mentor training for all GPNs to retain the knowledge and expertise of existing GPNs; and
- the development of a sustainable and easily accessible ‘how-to’ toolkit and web based resource to support the implementation of general practice nursing workforce initiatives.
- a nationwide standardised general practice nursing ‘return to practice’ education programme which includes a general practice placement, mentorship and appropriate support to meet the NMC requirements for ‘return to practice’.
Full report is available here