GPN Toolkit

GPN Toolkit

GPN Toolkit

A landing page for GPNs, featuring links to relevant events and guidance

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Becoming an Advanced Practitioner

Resources for advanced practice

Nursing Whilst Black

Dermatology skin club

Non-medical prescribing

Flu Clinic Symposium recording

Leadership & Management training

Gynaecological cancers

Menopause

Sexual health

Becoming an advanced practitioner

To become an advanced practitioner, you will need to work towards a Masters degree in advanced practice — this will require support from your employers, as the course is based on having a clinical mentor to teach and supervise you.

Many universities and Higher Education Institutes have advanced practice courses, enrolment on which needs to be funded by either the student or their employer. Several institutions offer distance-learning courses; the University of Cumbria’s is not only fully distanced, but also accredited by the RCN.

To learn more about it, please click here.


UWE also have a Masters in Advanced Practice course, and provide a local apprenticeship in advanced practice, which awards successful graduates with a Masters’ degree.

For more on the Masters’ course, please click here, and for more on the apprenticeship, click here.


Additionally, there are a limited number of funded module places available for non-medical prescribing and PACR (Patient Assessment and Clinical Reasoning).

For information on these, please contact Avon LMC. Clicking here will take you to their contact page.

Resources for advanced practice

Avon LMC run various courses, free for general practice staff in Avon, and many of which are suitable for advanced practitioners.

Please click here to go to their site.


And the ACP Forum, open to all advanced clinical practitioners working in Bristol, North Somerset, and South Gloucestershire, holds regular meetings with and offers support to its members.

To visit their site, please click here.

Leadership & Management training

Avon LMC provide free training for practice staff in Avon, including sessions on appraisals and other management tools.

For more information, please click here.


BNSSG Training Hub runs courses intended to develop delegates’ leadership & management skills; make sure to keep an eye on our communications (we signpost to other bodies’ programmes, too).


NHS Leadership Academy organises and delivers a range of relevant courses, too, including the renowned Rosalind Franklin programme, designed for clinicians or managers who lead from mid-level health and care systems and aspire to directing large, complex programmes, departments, services or systems of care.

Please click here to visit the Leadership Academy’s site.

Gynaecological cancers

The Eve Appeal has a resource pack on gynaecological cancers, ideally suited for primary care staff. It can help you in promoting early diagnosis and long-term management.

To download the resource pack, please click here to go to The Eve Appeal’s site.

Menopause

The British Menopause Society (BMS) holds a variety of events across the country each year, ranging from professional development courses to women’s health symposiums.

To view all the BMS’s upcoming events, please click here.

Sexual health

The Faculty of Reproductive and Sexual Health (FRSH) of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists have a diploma course considered to be the gold standard in sexual health care training.

For more, visit their site by clicking here.


In addition to comprehensive pages on contraception, pregnancy, STIs & HIV, and sexual abuse, Unity Sexual Health has a range of training events on offer, with an annual update day scheduled for next May. They can even help provide clinical placements for nursing students and qualified nurses.

For more, please click here.


Avon LMC occasionally run relevant courses, too — keep an eye on their events calendar for more information, or on our communications for signposts.

To view Avon LMC’s event calendar, please click here.

Dermatology skin club

South West Dermatology regularly hold meetings, at which consultant dermatologists share photos of dermatological conditions for discussion, for staff in Bristol.

For more information, please send an email to [email protected].

Non-medical prescribing

UWE run a non-medical prescribing course here in BNSSG — as a degree-level short course, for nurses. Funded places may be available via Avon LMC. Please contact them for further information.

To read up on the course, please click here.

To contact Avon LMC, please click here.

Flu Clinic Symposium recording

In September 2020, NHSE / I held a Flu Clinic Symposium, to enable general practice nurses from across the South West to share best practice and pose questions to a panel of experts.

You can (re)watch it any time by clicking the button below, to watch it via Teams.

Nursing Whilst Black

The RCN’s podcast Nursing whilst black invites nurses, healthcare support workers, and students from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic backgrounds to share their reflections of and experiences of working in healthcare, along with insights into how we can all address the issue of racism.

All episodes available via the button.

Additional resources

A day in the life of a general practice nurse

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