General Practice Nurse (GPN) Mentor Team

Supporting Practice Nurses with pre-registration nurse placements and the implementation of new NMC supervision and assessment standards.

40 % of our Practice Nurses may retire in the next five years and we need to grow a workforce pipe line to ensure a steady flow of nurses into primary care. One of the ways we can do this is for pre-registration nurses to have placements in GP practices during their training which encourages newly qualified nurses into careers in primary care. Placements of students on professional pre-registration programmes are a fundamental part of succession planning. Nursing placements are currently incentivised by an £84.11 weekly tariff payment.

29 out of our 84 GP practices offer placements to pre-registration nurses, this number needs to grow if we want a flow of newly qualified nurses into primary care. The Training Hub working in partnership with University of Worcester will support Practice Nurses with the addition of four GPN Mentors working 1 day a week each across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The role of the GPN Mentors is to support Practice Nurses with pre-registration nurse placements and the implementation of new NMC supervision and assessment standards.

New NMC Standards for Education (2018) – Changes to nurse mentorship.

The NMC have published new Standards for student supervision and assessment to be implemented in September 2019.

For an overview of the new mentorship roles, please see the short presentation below. Mentor updates for GPN mentors during 2019 will include information on preparation for the new roles. 

The New NMC Standards 2018



For more information on how GPN Mentors can support your GP practice please email:

South Worcestershire, Redditch and Bromsgrove:

Katie Cowell

katie.cowell@taurushealthcare.co.uk

Herefordshire:

Tracey Teague

tracey.teague@taurushealthcare.co.uk

Practice Educator Facilitator University of Worcester:

Sarah Weaver (Introductory Letter)

s.weaver@worc.ac.uk

Practice Supervisor/Assessor Information

Please see documents below for more information on Supervisor/Assessor training;

How to choose the right training for you

Practice Assessor Preparation

Practice Supervisor Preparation

GPN Video

GPN mentors and Nina Lealan displaying a collaborative poster presentation at the QNI conference in London, demonstrating the work of Hereford and Worcestershire CCG and GPN mentors achievements over the past 12m

From little acorns to oak trees, in a celebration of the hard work and achievements made within this time.

The poster was very well received and although it didn’t win, we received very positive feedback from all the delegates about the work being done to support our GPN’s in practice, and increasing our student nurse placements across the county.

GPN Mentor Awards 2019

The winners for Herefordshire and Worcestershire GP Practices were:

Outstanding Mentor Award, Worcestershire GP Practices AHP/Nurse – Julie Smith

Outstanding Mentor Award, Herefordshire GP Practices AHP/Nurse – Caroline Mansell

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment, Herefordshire & Worcestershire GP Practices – Abbottswood Medical Centre

In addition there were also winners from GP Practices in the categories of:

Outstanding Mentor Award: Post-registration and Postgraduate Health Courses – Dr Richard Macaskill

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment: Post-registration and Postgraduate Health Courses – Spring Gardens Group Medical Practice

Outstanding Practice Learning Environment - Spring Gardens Group Medical Practice Outstanding Mentor Award - Dr Richard Macaskill Outstanding Practice Learning Environment - Abbottswood Medical Centre

Outstanding Mentor Award - Julie Smith Herefordshire and Worcestershire Practices