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 pipeline 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 a tariff payment which has increased in 2020 by 14% by Health Education England.

41 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 the 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 has 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

Information on how GPN Mentors can support your GP practice

To email the people below please click on their names or right-click & select 'copy email address'.

South Worcestershire, Redditch and Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest Mentors:

Joanne Charlton

Katie Cowell

Charlotte Murphy

Herefordshire Mentor:

TracEy Teague

Lecturer in Nursing and Facilitator for General Practice and the Independent sector:

Sarah Weaver 

Sarah Weaver Introductory Letter

Herefordshire & Worcestershire CCG Lead Nurses:

Cate Lamport

Nina Lealan

Practice Supervisor/Assessor Information

Please see the document below (click the button below to view):

How to choose the right training for you

Practice Assessor Preparation Till August 2022

Practice Supervisor Preparation Till April 2022

Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor Updates for staff Document for (Please click the button below  to view):

General Practice & Independent Sector Placements 2021/2022

Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor Updates for staff in General Practice & Independent Sector Placements

Practice Supervisor and Practice Assessor Virtual Drop-In Sessions

Practice Supervisor/Assessor Information Troubleshooting Document  (Please click the button below  to view):


Supporting Documentation:

For further information to support University Student Placement and Student Support e.g. practice documentation and roles. Please click the link here to visit the University Worcester Practice Support Web Page.

General Practice Nursing

Training, News, Events & Information

Why not check out the GPN Newsletter page on TeamNet Clarity (you need to be registered to access it)click here

PNA Poster

The Aims and Benefits of Professional Nurse Advocates in General Practice

Click here or the image below to download the poster

The Postgraduate Certificate in General Practice Nursing

- What you will study

- Entry Requirements 

- How to Apply and contacts for more information

- And more

Please click on the blue boxes to the right to download and view further information.

Information Flyer

Worcester University - General Practice Nursing PG Certificate


General Practice Nursing Modules 

- Core Skills for Professional Practice GPNC4001

- The management of health and wellbeing in General Practice Nursing GPNC4002

Please click on the blue boxes to the right to download and view further information.

GPNC4001 - Information Flyer

GPNC4002 - Information Flyer


PG Cert General Practice Nursing Virtual Information Sessions

27th May & 23rd June 2021 (5:30-6:30 pm)

Please register your interest in attending via our online link or for further details contact Joanne Fleet:          

Information Flyer for Virtual Information Sessions

MSc Professional Practice (General Practice Nursing)

The MSc Professional Practice (General Practice Nursing) is designed for mid-career GPNs who want to progress their careers and is a really flexible alternative for established GPNs who may not want to commit to a full MSc straightaway or may not want to follow a career as an ACP. The MSc is online and flexible which allows nurses to study at a pace that suits them on a modular basis if they prefer. This avoids the commitment of signing up to a full MSc from the start.

There is a wide choice of modules so GPNs can create a bespoke course that is tailored towards their specific interests and career aspirations. Potential career pathways are developing a specialist interest/ becoming a lead within the practice for a specific area of practice nursing; taking up a strategic or leadership role within the PCN or ICS; exploring a clinical academic role. Non-medical prescribing can be taken as part of the MSc and can be credited in if already undertaken.


An overview is available at the link below but any GPNs who would like to know more or talk through their options is advised to contact me at  and I can speak with them to help them decide which path to take.

Each 20 credit module costs £720 (there may be a small increase for September 2022 I am waiting to hear)

Flyer MSc GPN - Click Here

Flyer LBR7633 Feb 2022 - Click Here


Fundamentals of Primary Care Nursing (General Practice Nursing) - AdvDip / BSc / GradCert at Birmingham City University

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 you will study

- Entry Requirements 

- How to Apply

- And more

Please click on the blue boxes to the right to download and view further information.

For course enquiries please contact Sue Shortland on:

University Website Information Page

Course Specification

Collaborative Trees

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 12months.

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.

Why not take a closer look at our collaborative trees below:

(Click on the image to view a tree)

Benefits Student Nurses can bring to a GP Practice Trees
Nursing Associates Tree
Practice Manager Tree
Practice Managers Tree
Return to Practice Tree

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