Welcome to the general practice nurse CPD learning resource. I’m Joanne Anderson. I work as an Education Advisor for NHS Education for Scotland. I’m also Senior Nurse for Primary Care and a Queen’s Nurse with background of over 20 years as a general practice nurse. I’ve been part of the team who have developed this resource.
The resource is designed to be flexible and is based on your individual learning needs so you can complete what is the most relevant part of your learning.
Most of the learning will take place in practice either independently or with peers or your team.
This could be your general practice nurse team, your reflective partner or with general practice nurses in your cluster area.
You may wish to identify a colleague to support you and to share the evidence of learning.
This can be a peer, or perhaps your reflective partner, or again a supervisor or a GPN within your cluster area.
The resource is organised around a model called the pillars of practice.
Each pillar offers an opportunity to explore a key part of the refocused general practice nurse role.
Each pillar has a number of sections that contain the associated learning activities for example if you click the ‘Clinical Practice’ pillar you will see sections called Clinical Assessment’, ‘Mental Health and Wellbeing’ and ‘Realistic Care’.
Once you have identified your priority learning needs you would select the relevant section and complete the activity.
For ease, the resource can be navigated in two ways: either selecting the pillars from the menu page like we were just talking about, or by selecting the menu button and selecting the specific section you want to access.
The learning resources is self-directed and it will be up to you to choose what you would like to focus on first.
You will find a self-assessment tool in each pillar menu to help you identify your learning needs.
The self-assessment offers you a series of themed promote questions to reflect and assess yourself based on the learning resource outcomes.
You just work your way through the questions answering yes, no or partially and note down your thoughts, and any actions you intend to take and identify any evidence that you may already have to demonstrate existing learning.