Discovering a Nursing Career in General Practice

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Discovering a Nursing Career in General Practice

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It is clear that there are nurses from all fields and different sectors would like to work in Primary Care and/or General Practice but face significant challenges when applying for vacancies in General Practice. At the same time, there is a significant shortfall in the number of GP nurses.

This module aims to provide support to both students and newly qualified nurses looking for their first role in Primary Care/General Practice. It is designed to give you an insight into the role of the General Practice Nurse (GPN) and as such to help you to apply for a post in General Practice.

Who the course is aimed at:

The module is aimed at Pre-Registration Nursing Students, Registered Nurses (from other areas of practice), Nursing Associates and Trainee Nursing Associates. Upon completion of this module, it is anticipated you will have a good understanding of working in Primary Care and will feel more confident about applying for a role in a General Practice.  This will also provide you with a foundation to go on to develop the additional knowledge and skills required to become a fully competent nurse working in Primary Care/General Practice

This module is available at academic levels 6 and 7 with both accredited (20 credits) and non-accredited options available. This module is available across all four fields of nursing: Mental Health; Learning Disability; Adult and Children’s Nursing.

What you learn:

  • Introduction to Primary Care: including how General Practice fits into the wider health care system
  • Working in the Primary Care environment: in terms of different roles, professions, and activities
  • Communication skills: in terms of 1:1 patient contact, patient record systems e.g., EMIS, SystmOne etc., overview of video/telephone consultations.
  • Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion: in terms of population health management, exploring demographic data, working with diverse communities.
  • Developing your career in Primary Care/General Practice: applying for jobs and future career options


How you learn:

The module uses a flexible, blended approach to learning, including (but not limited to) face to face teaching, virtual reality, simulation, and artificial intelligence. A range of learning approaches will provide an introduction to, and the opportunity to practice, the skills required to work in General Practice. Through the Hallam Model, this module is designed to engage and challenge the students and encourage a collaborative experience.


Learning is delivered by the SHU team in partnership with Nurse Educators from the South Yorkshire Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub, using a blend of online, AI, and VR experiences in addition to in-person learning where possible. The SHU blended and digitally enabled approach, will provide the opportunity for greater understanding, interaction, and engagement, therefore enhancing the learning environment and providing opportunity for students to thrive.


There will numerous opportunities for students to meet the learning outcomes through a series of problem-based real-world formative activities. Although not formally assessed, the nature of the module enables a flexible approach to learning.


To study on this module, you will require access to a computer with:

  • A reliable internet connection with wi-fi
  • Microsoft or Apple Mac Supported Office Software
  • The current version of Google Chrome 

Please ensure that you indicate on your application form which level of study you are applying for (i.e. Level 6, Level 7, or non-credit bearing)

Fees and Funding for 2024/25

Indicative price for stand-alone module

Home / EU student: £950 each for accredited modules; £750 for non-credit bearing module

International students: N/A - not open to International/EU


This module attracts HEE as well as CPD funding: To apply for a funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

How to apply

To apply for a self-funded place, please complete and return the application form below:

To apply for a funded place, please complete and return the relevant application form below:

Further information and Workforce Development Funding / CPD Funding online application form

  • Entry requirements

    The module is fully funded through NHS England Workforce Training. It is therefore free to access for all applicants. It is available in two forms: For current level 6 students, evidence of current level 6 study is required. For qualified nurses or Nurse Associates, evidence of recent study at level 6 is required.

  • Attendance

    Delivery Method:

    Blended Learning this module will involve a limited number of face-to-face study days supported by online distance learning activities

    View our statement on notional study hours »

    Provisional timetable

    Semester 1: September 2024 - December 2024

    View our statement on timetable changes »

  • Assessment

    • Non-credit bearing (NCB) with no formal assessment.
    • Level 6 (30 credits) with a formal assessment (short A/V presentation)

Further details

For further information please contact the module leader Emma Parker -

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