OVERVIEW
Following stakeholder engagement in 2018, Health Education England (HEE) local offices introduced a harmonised, pan-London approach to GPN recruitment to address variation in offers across the region. The overarching aim is to ensure that any nurse looking to train as a GPN in any part of London, will be offered broadly the same training options with the same training grant.
It is recognised that each area of practice will have its own training and education needs and preferences. However, in order to support the delivery of a pan London approach to training, there are two categories of training programmes for those new to general practice nursing; Foundation programmes and Academic programmes. The Foundation and Academic programmes offer a choice between short, skills-based training and a longer, academically focussed programme.
Foundation programmes are available from seven Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) serving London. The programmes vary from HEI to HEI (Level 6/7, 20-60 credits) and last between 3 and 8 months. Foundation programmes broadly offer ‘start up’ skills-based training for newly qualified nurses (NQNs) and/or nurses new to employment in General Practice. At the end of the programme the GPN will have gained skills in a number of areas, including cervical sampling, childhood immunisations and travel vaccinations and will be ready to work autonomously as part of the General Practice team. Please see the programme descriptions later in this document for more detail on the curriculum of each course. Please note we will also fund Nursing Associates (NAs) on the Level 6 foundation course.
Academic programmes (Level 6/7, 120 credits) are available from four HEIs in London and offer an academic qualification in General Practice nursing. The programmes can be undertaken either part-time over 2 years or full-time in 1 year. The latter offers a ‘fast track’ progression in General Practice Nursing suited to NQNs looking to establish a career in General Practice. At the end of the programme, the GPN will have achieved a Primary Care (Practice Nursing) BSc/PgDip, meet Level 6/7 competencies and be working autonomously as part of the General Practice team. Please see the programme descriptions later in this document for more detail on the curriculum of each course.
HEE has opened up the ACADEMIC PROGRAMME package across London so that any new GPN can access an academic GPN programme run by one of our four providers. 60 places are available pan London on a first come first served basis at:
  • City, University of London
  • London South Bank University
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of Greenwich
We would anticipate that each Training Hub considers investing at some level in the academic programme. This supports the succession of GPN leaders across London.
The three components of the academic package – the tuition fees, training grant and mentoring costs – are funded in full by HEE. The package arrangement allows an academic programme to be selected from the four education providers. Access to a training grant and mentorship funding is via the ICS Training Hub.
Table 1: Academic programme funding package
HEE activity
Costs of academic programme per GPN
Administered by
Tuition fees
£9,000 – £10,000*
HEE London to HEI
Training grant
£17,000
HEE London to practices via ICS Training Hubs
Mentoring cost
£3,000
HEE London to practices via ICS Training Hubs
Total
£29,000 – £30,000*
N/A
HEE is funding the FOUNDATION PROGRAMME again this year with up to 90 places available pan London, first come first served, from the seven education providers.
  • Buckinghamshire New University (BNU)
  • City, University of London (City)
  • Kingston University and St Georges University of London
  • London South Bank University (LSBU)
  • University of Greenwich
  • University of Hertfordshire
  • University of West London (UWL)
The three components of the foundation package – the tuition fees, training grant and mentoring costs – are funded in full by HEE.
The GP Practice can access the training grant and mentorship funding via the ICS Training Hub.
Please note we will also fund Nursing Associates (NAs) on the foundation course.
HEE Activity and funding
Costs of foundation programme/ GPN
Administered by
Tuition fees
£2,000*
HEE London direct to HEI
Training grant
£1,500
HEE London to practices via Training Hubs
Mentoring cost
£1,500
HEE London to practices via Training Hubs
Total
£5,000*
N/A
*Tuition fees vary across HEIs