Professor Jane Cummings, Chief Nursing Officer for England will be leading the investment of £15 million in the General Practice Nursing (GPN) workforce, recognising the evidence that shows us the pressure this vital group of our profession continue to be under in relation to recruitment, training and the image of primary care nursing. The plan will cover the following areas:
- Entry and Recruitment; raising the profile of GPNs , increasing clinical placements in GP settings and ensuring standardised induction is in place, along with return-to-practice programmes focused on general practice
- Establishing strong GPN teams: increasing access to leadership programmes for GPNs, and working with GPs/CCGs/STPs to make sure these skills are utilised locally, defining what safe GPN teams look like and giving GPNs the tools to assess cultural factors in the workplace that influence how care is delivered.
- Enhancing the role of the GPN and retention of the GPN workforce: more opportunities for professional development, accessible, fit-for-purpose training and clearly defined career progression
- Expanding the workforce using widening participation schemes and apprenticeship routes: increasing HCSWs in general practice and supporting the emerging role of the nursing associate
- Embedding ongoing support for GPNs workforce into the future: supporting skills development in a range of clinical priority areas such as frailty and multimorbidity and sharing examples of new ways of working
We will be responding to the work that HEE has already done and The Queen’s Nursing Institute, and we will work with the Royal Colleges and Arm’s Length Bodies to invest in the areas above. We will publish a ten point plan in the near future.