Taught course

Evaluating Contemporary General Practice Nursing

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

You must have: an effective registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council a first-class, 2.1 or 2.2 degree or evidence of being able to study at master's level employment in general practice as a practice nurse for a minimum of three sessions a week (or an equivalent placement); a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check; a clinical supervisor to provide guidance and formative feedback on your development. The clinical supervisor must be identified prior to you beginning the programme and is usually a practice nurse who has worked in general practice for a minimum of three years (or has undertaken this programme or similar). The clinical supervisor must attend a mentor preparation workshop.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme supports the ongoing professional development of registered nurses entering the field of general practice nursing. It responds to the national policy drivers of the NHS Five Year Forward View (2014) and the Transforming Primary Care document (Department of Health, 2013). These drivers require practitioners to deliver high quality, patient centred health services.

You gain the professional and practical skills required to deliver safe and effective general practice nursing. You consider the importance of organisational priorities, safety and governance, holistic assessment, consultation, applied anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, the management of long term health conditions, common mental health conditions, travel health, wound care, ear care, contraception, sexual health and the promotion of health and well-being using a variety of strategies including motivational interviewing. The award and competence framework of this programme is benchmarked against the Royal College of General Practitioners competencies (2012) for general practice nurses.

How you learn

You are taught by specialist academic and practice staff over two days in the first week and one day a week thereafter. Teaching and learning methods include interactive lectures, discussion, group-work, experiential workshops, IT activities, case study exploration and practice skills sessions in the science laboratories. In practice you are mentored by an experienced general practice nurse.

How you are assessed

You are assessed in practice by your mentor and through a 4,000 word written report.

Career opportunities

General practice nursing.

Professional placement

You must be employed in general practice as a practice nurse for three sessions a week (minimum) or have a placement equalling this. You need to identify a clinical supervisor before attending the module who provides guidance and formative feedback on your development. The clinical supervisor will normally be a practice nurse who has worked in general practice for a minimum of three years or has undertaken this programme (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on the Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
5 months

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care
+44 (0)1642 384176