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NHS Education for Scotland

A skilled and sustainable workforce for a healthier Scotland

General practice nursing (GPN)

We provide education and development opportunities for nurses working in general practice teams.

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Find more information about the General Practice Nurse Network, CPD opportunities and the General Practice Nursing Programme at The Scotland Deanery

Courses are available on NES Portal or via CPD Connect

Other learning opportunities are available through Turas Learn

Commissioned Education

We offer fully funded, accredited university modules in the following subjects, and these are available to book now:

  • Minor Injuries - University of the Highlands & Islands - SCQF Level 9 & 11 - January 2023
  • Minor Illness - University of Dundee - SCQF Level 9 & 11 - September 2022
  • Long Term Conditions - University of Dundee - SCQF Level 9 & 11 - September 2022
  • Diabetes - Edinburgh Napier University - SCQF Level 11 - January 2023
  • Sexual Health - Under development - this will be available from CPD Connect 2022/2023

Funded Courses

Applications are now open for nurses working in General Practice to apply for funding for university modules. Modules eligible for funding are at master's level (SCQF Level 11) in the following topics:

  • V300 Prescribing
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment
  • Leadership
  • Research

Please note applications for funding close 28th January 2022.

Further information is available here

GPN Education Pathway

NES offers a structured work-based blended education pathway to support the development of registered nurses employed in the general practice nursing role.

The GPN Education Pathway is delivered over twelve months via online facilitated learning sessions, directed and experiential work-based learning and is accredited by Queen Margaret University.

Further details on the GPN Education Pathway and how to apply can be found here on GPN Education Pathway page

GPN CPD Resource

This learning resource supports senior general practice nurses across Scotland to update their knowledge and skills as required for the refocused national role.

Turas Learn general practice nurse CPD resource - Resource updated November 2021.

GPN Education Needs Analysis May 2021

Summary results informing GPN education provision in 2021/2022 are available here


Coaching is a safe, confidential process that aims to improve individual performance and focuses on the here and now. It helps:

  • develop your self-awareness
  • obtain a better work-life balance
  • handle conflict
  • think about different ways of doing things
  • improve your relationships with colleagues

Find more information and access coaching via the Scottish coaching collaborative

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Last updated: 15/09/2022

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