Fundamentals of Primary Care Nursing (General Practice Nursing) - AdvDip / BSc / GradCert

Attendance:
AdvDip - Part Time (12 months)
BSc - Part Time (12 months)
GradCert - Part Time (12 months)
Starting:
September 2017
Campus:

If you are new in post as a General Practice (GP) Nurse, this course will equip you with all the core skills required for the role. It is aligned to the HEE Career Framework for General Practice.

The course will develop your clinical and academic skills and prepare you for a career in general practice. Graduates of the programme work in a variety of GP organisations and across primary care settings.

What's covered in the course?

This 12-month course is delivered over 24 contact days at the University, alongside online activities and 30 hours of supervised practice with a General Practice Nurse mentor. All General Practice Nurse skills are covered including immunisation, cytology and ear irrigation. There is a strong focus on consultation, communication and assessment skills as well as chronic disease management, underpinning physiology and motivational interviewing.

The course is delivered by experienced lecturers with a background in general practice and community nursing and supported by subject specialist lecturers. You will learn through a variety of methods including role play, debate and case study approaches. You will receive support for you and your mentor in practice to achieve the practical elements and will be supported by a personal tutor from the teaching team throughout the programme.

The course has been developed alongside Health Education England and other universities in the region to provide a quality assured standardised course for the General Practice Nurse workforce.

Why Choose Us?

  • This course is regionally approved for General Practice Nurses
  • All your essential training and education will be in one place.
  • You'll benefit from learning in small groups, peer support and networking
  • You'll have support from an experienced teaching team
  • We have excellent links to practice

Credits

This course is worth...

60 credits

This course is not open to International students
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UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
AdvDip Sep 2017 PT 12 months See below
BSc Sep 2017 PT 12 months See below
GradCert Sep 2017 PT 12 months See below

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

Places are funded through the Community Education Provider Networks for nurses who have been employed in General Practice for less than 12 months. Nurses who wish to self-fund must be employed in General Practice, have access to a General Practice Nurse mentor and support from their employing practice.

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our pdf application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process

  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate Apply online application button. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select 'NHS Funded' when making your application.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select 'NHS Funded' when making your application.

Fees for part time students

If you study this course part-time or via distance learning, you will be charged on a pro-rata basis. This means your fee will be calculated per module.

Additional costs

We offer a wide range of professionally accredited and vocational courses that require the purchase of, among other things, uniforms, equipment, subscriptions, professional body memberships and DBS checks, and may require you to pay to attend conferences or participate in placements.

The link below provides our estimate of the possible costs associated with key activities on specific courses. Please bear in mind that these are only estimates of costs based on past student experience and feedback. The actual costs to you could vary considerably (either greater or lower than these estimates) depending on your choices as you progress through the course. We set out where we can, based on experience, where these indicative costs are for activities that are optional or compulsory.

All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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This course is available part-time

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Modules

Primary Care Nursing: Core Skills

This module is designed to support students new to primary or community care settings to develop core knowledge and skills to work safely and provide high quality care in making the transition into the primary care and community environment. Students may be newly qualified and embarking on their first post or may have transferred from acute or other clinical backgrounds.

It aims to prepare you as a competent, confident and compassionate nurse to work in the general practice setting. It will enable you to work safely in the general practice setting utilising a holistic multi-professional approach to meeting the health needs of diverse client groups.

Primary Care Nursing: Professional Practice

The module is designed to enable students to develop knowledge and skills to underpin the development of their career in primary and community care settings. It incorporates modern policy initiatives, leadership skills and the knowledge to deliver evidence based high quality services within their working environment.

Understanding the organisation and context of general practice, and other primary and community care settings, will encourage you to develop leadership skills as your role develops. Academic skills to support the appraisal of research evidence and being able to translate this into the service you provide is an important aspect of this module.

Primary Care Nursing: Long Term Conditions

This double module aims to prepare competent, confident and compassionate nurses to work with people with Long Term Conditions in the general practice setting. General Practice Nurses completing the module will have a good understanding of the particular needs of patients with Long Term Conditions across a range of conditions commonly encountered in General Practice. The emphasis will be on a holistic multi-professional approach developing generic skills but also developing condition specific knowledge and skills to meet the health needs of the diverse client groups encountered in primary care.

This course is a 60 credit BSc top up degree. The award you graduate with will depend on your level of qualification on entry. For example, if you already have a diploma you will exit with a BSc, but you already have a degree you will exit with a Graduate Certificate.

The course is delivered at City South Campus. You will be assessed in a variety of ways including a competency based reflective portfolio, written assignments and presentations.

Experiential learning will be incorporated into all aspects of learning and teaching, which will encourage a reflective approach. You must be working in a General Practice setting where you will be engaged and supported by a designated mentor.

Alongside individual tutorials, you'll also have the additional support of e-learning through the Moodle platform. Opportunities will be provided for simulated learning including role play, ‘hands on’ practical skills sessions using a range of simulation, video recording and playback.

Further study

After finishing this course, you will have the opportunity to undertake further modules to obtain either a BSc (Hons) degree or further study to prepare for future development as a Non-Medical Prescriber and Advanced Nurse Practitioner as you gain further clinical experience.

Our Facilities

We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities.

We boast up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across.

These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice. Much of our teaching is carried out within our state-of-the-art, £30m Seacole Building, which houses some of the best learning facilities in the UK.

Take a virtual tour of our skills suites at Seacole

In a sector where new techniques are constantly being discovered, we work hard to ensure that students learn using the most up-to-date equipment available. These include the only mock operating theatre in an English university and a cutting-edge radiography virtual clinical training facility, virtual ward and virtual case creator.

Virtual Case Creator

For pre-registration midwives, Virtual Case Creator software contains a range of scenarios to let you experience birthing situations and decide on appropriate interventions in a safe environment.

Hospital Ward

Our mock wards enable you to get a feel of what a ward is really like before you head out for your first placement. They contain ‘Sim Men’, which are demonstration dummies that develop ailments, allowing you to treat them as you would a real patient and build your confidence in reacting to the changing needs of patients.

The Hospital Ward can be adapted from a low care to high dependency care environment with the necessary monitoring equipment.

Part of the package is our SIM baby, SIM man and Mega code kid. There are also nursing manikins for fundamental skills teaching and various equipment to support essential skills teaching, such as blood pressure monitoring venepuncture and cannulation equipment.

Skills Practice and Clinical Enhancement facility

The SPACE (Skills Practice And Clinical Enhancement) learning facility lets you further practice the skills taught in class, at your own pace and convenience.

It is fully stocked with the specialist items and equipment needed for procedures such as taking blood pressure, giving an injection, abdominal examination of a pregnant woman and caring for ill babies in an incubator.

Biomedical Laboratories

We have recently installed new laboratory facilities to help you explore understand the scientific principles underpinning many of our courses. The physiology laboratory is equipped to help you learn about the way the human body works by performing investigative experiments. The biomedical science laboratory is undergoing an upgrade over the summer and will allow you to learn about anatomy, cellular processes, immunology and enzymology in a hands-on way that links directly to day-to-day health care.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

The SIM men and SIM baby mannequins are complete with software, which is used to replicate real symptoms, and are enhanced by the manipulation of for example blood pressure, pulse and heart rate for extra realism. SIM Man can also “talk” to the students which adds another dimension to their use in teaching clinical skills and in simulation exercises.

Mary Seacole Library

The Seacole library, based at City South Campus, is one of the UK's largest specialist health education libraries. The state-of-the art facility offers an extensive range of range of information and reference materials set out in a relaxing environment, conducive to studying. There are comfortable seating areas, group study areas, a silent study area and private study rooms.

You will have access to all of the University’s libraries, including the main Kenrick Library on the City North Campus, which is open for almost 90 hours a week and holds more than 320,000 books, 2,000 print journals and carries more than 4,000 electronic journals online.

Computer Facilities

The Seacole building houses a large open access IT Suite which comprises of 96 PCs, full colour printers, photocopiers and scanners. Our PCs utilise the latest Intel i5 core technology, all with:

  • Fast (unrestricted) internet connectivity
  • Ability to save files to USB, DVD & CD
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Research and statistical software
  • Storage space which can be accessed from any PC across the University and from home

Our PCs are also designed to support students who may have difficulties with reading and writing, featuring specialised software with zooming/magnification and screen reading capabilities, which may also be customised for individual student needs.

The IT Suite offers extended opening hours and is supported by a specialist Open Access Assistant during term time. In addition to the open access PCs within the IT Suite, there are 12 networked student PCs available within Seacole library.

Catrina Hartle

Senior Lecturer / Practitioner

Course enquiries

For course enquiries please contact Catrina Hartle on:

Or Sarah Chare on:

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295