GPN User Guide

This online programme is an essential resource for any nurse new to general practice, as well as a useful refresher generally. It provides introductory level learning resources and self-assessment questionnaires across a range of topics, covering baseline skills for nursing in general practice. It represents the building blocks of an educational pathway to support a career in general practice nursing.

Included in the programme are two full-day workshops led by experienced practice nurse facilitators, who will support your progression through the units.
The programme will help you to identify learning needs appropriate to your role in practice and direct you to further opportunities for continued professional development. The programme is written by practice nurses for practice nurses, with the aim of being totally relevant and user-friendly.

Click on the image below to read the course handbook.

Download GPN User Guide

Using the General Practice Nurse Induction Programme

There are eight units in the programme, covering a broad range of topics relevant to practice nursing. Unit 1 must be accessed first but the remainder can be accessed in any order.


At the end of each unit there is a self-assessment questionnaire for you to test your understanding. In addition, you are advised to assess your individual progression in skill development through observed practice, audit, peer review and reflection on significant events. To do this effectively, you will need support from an experienced practice nurse or mentor, either from within your practice or a colleague from a local practice.

Information for Mentors


To support your professional development two facilitated workshops are provided as part of the programme. These will be held several times a year at various locations and can be attended anytime after completion of the first unit. They will cover some ‘core principles’ reinforcing aspects of the programme and exploring issues in practice through case studies and group-work. They will be very interactive and flexible, allowing for questions and answers in a relaxed environment. There will also be the opportunity for individual time with the facilitators at the workshops. For information about how to attend a workshop, click on ‘workshops’.
To access the units, click on the unit title and upon completion, return to select another unit using the ‘unit menu’ button.


To view the PDFs linked from this page you may need to download Adobe Reader.

Tavistock House South, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LG
Phone: 020 7387 2034      Fax: 020 7383 7442