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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.

Our work

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 will be available through Portal November 2021:

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

NES General Practice Nursing Programme

Applications for the NES GPN vocational programme will be open to all GPNs working in practice for a minimum of 20hrs per week who have been in practice for a maximum of 2 years at the time of applying and are registered with NMC (Cohort 13 will commence in September 2021).

Further information is available here

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

GPN Education Needs Analysis May 2021

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

Funded Courses

Applications are now open for nurses working in General Practice to apply for funding for university modules. Modules which are eligible for funding are:

  • V300 Prescribing
  • Advanced Clinical Assessment
  • Leadership
  • Research

Please note applications for funding close 1st September 2021.

Further information is 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: 22/10/2021

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