Professional Clinical Practice for General Practice Nursing Course

This module aims to develop the specialist knowledge, skills and competencies of newly appointed GPNs by developing their underpinning knowledge base in relation to specialist clinical practice. The module will be supported by the Practice Nurse Competency Framework (RGCP 2015) and the Education and Career Framework for District Nursing and General Practice Nursing (HEE 2015) with the learning emphasis being placed on enabling the students to provide services that promote health and well-being, foster and promote self-care and deliver individualised outcomes in the person’s own home, local surgery and community.

This module will equip students with the knowledge and skills required to prepare them to deliver the range of skills required to meet competency challenges in Primary and Community Care settings.

Does this course include academic credits?

By enrolling for this course, you are studying for a course without academic credits.

Why choose this course?

Benefits include:

  • The opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialties.
  • Access to experts.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care
  • Greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.
  • Upon the completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals.
What will I study?
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills.
  • Holistic Assessment and record keeping.
  • Clinical decision making.
    • Long term condition care and management.
  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.
  • Health and Social care trends in Primary and Community Care.
  • Reflective Practice.
Where will I study and for how long?

This is a 12 months eLearning course with optional study days. It has a notional study time of 600 hours which includes time to study learning materials, attend study days where relevant, and complete the competency document.

This module is delivered by blended learning, with study days to support the online course. Please note that if low numbers of students book onto this module we may cancel study days at short notice. If this is the case, students already registered will be contacted by our Finance Team and can choose to continue with the course as distance only, or be refunded.

Our study days are optional, although we advise you attend if you can as they are a great help to the eLearning and for networking with other students. However, your eLearning will not be compromised if you cannot attend the study days. The only exception to this is study day 2 for all spirometry modules – this is a practical assessment day and as such this is a compulsory element of your module.

The location of study days is determined by the cohort you choose to join.

How is this module assessed and what is the criteria for a pass?

Students are assessed by a competency document (Pass/fail).

Can I take this module as part of a programme?

No. Because it does not carry academic credits, this module is not included in our programme, it is a standalone course.

What are the entry requirements for this module?

Students need to be employed as a GPN and have the professional support of a mentor in practice.

You must be registered or working within the UK. All applicants should have sufficient competency in the English Language to successfully study at Level 5/6.

All learning materials, teaching and assessment are conducted in the English language.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they have sufficient proficiency in the English Language to undertake the module.

Further information

Module lead Bev Bostock can be contacted via Customer Support on

We are committed to equality of opportunity. Our Disability Coordinator and Student Support Team provide advice and information and coordinate
arrangements for students. View our Support for Students with a Disability here.

Students have access to the eLearning materials for 18 months from the start date of their module.

How to apply

Click here to see all Professional Skills courses with dates.

To arrange a module in your area for 20+ students, contact our NHS Partnerships team by emailing and the NHS Partnerships Manager for your area will be in touch.