Course summary

This course is for you if you are a Registered Healthcare Professional intending to establish a career in General Practice, or are new to the area of General Practice. It aims to establish a baseline competence in the General Practice Nursing role through both theoretical and practice learning. It offers a flexible, learner-centred and practice focused programme of study, which aims to meet personal, professional and practice development needs. This will consider areas critical to effective practice such as autonomous practice, critical thinking, high levels of problem solving and decision-making, values based care, practice improvement and innovation, and clinical leadership and management.

Key facts


PG Cert


9 months

Mode of study


Awarding institution

Bishop Grosseteste University

Institution code


Course details

About this course

The GPN (PGCert) programme’s conception and rationale reflects the essence of a number of recent policy reviews which attempt secure the future of the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), these include the NHS Five Year Forward View, General Practice Five Year Forward View, General Practice Nursing 10 Point Plan (GPN 10PP) and the most recent NHS Long Term Plan announced in January 2019. Not only do these attempt to ensure the NHS is “fit” to deliver safe, effective and responsive care but also champion the philosophy of a new way of delivery for the health of the UK population, with the focus being placed back on provision at source, which places General Practice and other Primary Care services at the heart of delivery.

It is recognised that in order to support these ways of working, there is an absolute need for a workforce, which is well equipped, competent and confident in their delivery, and which highlights the need for effective initial and on-going education (Simmons, Deakin, Walsh et al, 2015). In addition, it is recognized that there are current major concerns around recruitment and retention within the sector (QNI, 2015) and polices such as the GPN 10 point plan have reflected on the need to support the current workforces more effectively and to consider new ways of attracting individuals, striving towards a sustainable career in General Practice and well-equipped workforce which is responsive to change.

We are also able to provide a number of funded places available for this programme for 2020 entry. Please see the 'Fees and Funding' section of this page to find out how you can apply.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

There are 15 million people living with at least one long-term health condition in the United Kingdom today. In addition to the impact on people’s lives, long-term conditions (LTC) such as Diabetes, chronic breathing diseases such as asthma and coronary heart disease management, account for over half of all General Practice appointments, with poor management resulting in over 70% of all hospital bed days. This therefore, defines the need for effective management within the Primary Care setting. This module will provide you with the opportunity to critically reflect on your current practice and consider evidence based interventions which will improve management.

The module will give an overview of clinical blood testing within the Primary Care setting. It will support you to understand the relevance, meaning and clinical implications of tests and results. It will provide you with effective decision making tools to enable you to make informed evidence based decisions around effective holistic management.

The module is designed to enhance and develop the fundamental clinical skills of Registered Health Care Professionals working in General Practice. It seeks to enhance your knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your role in the Primary Care setting. It will explore effective care management pathways, Evidence Based Practice utility to inform decision making and will consider health promotion strategies. Specific skills will introduce you to areas of practice such as cervical cytology, immunisation, ear care and wound care in line with the standards set Working in Partnership Programme (RCN 2012) i.e. The GPN Career Framework for Level 5. The module content is also aligned to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) competencies for General Practice Nursing.

Entry requirements

This Programme will be open to appropriately Registered Healthcare Professionals who have attained academic Level 6 or who are deemed to be working at Level 6 within their clinical practice. You will be expected to demonstrate educational attainment at Level 6, ideally with an undergraduate degree at 2:2 classification or equivalent and a professional registration with an appropriate professional regulatory body. However, should this not be possible, evidence of current professional registration alongside continuing professional practice and enhancement will be considered for entry onto the Programme.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

This course will be delivered through a mixture of face-to-face lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, alongside online learning. This course has a strong emphasis on practice-based learning, which will require you to focus on your specific area of practice through a variety of self-selected reflective models.

The course structure will provide flexibility to allow you to build your individual learning pathway based on your current and future professional needs. It provides opportunities for you to develop sector-specific skills within the field of Primary and Community Care Provision, as well as generic knowledge, which crosses regional, national and international boundaries through modular content and learning activities.


The modes of assessment employed on this course will allow you to demonstrate your confidence in articulating your ideas and knowledge in your academic writing. A variety of assessments will be used which will enable you to demonstrate confidence in your articulation of knowledge and critical understanding within your professional practice setting. Methods used are written case studies, an exam, posters and group presentations.

Careers & Further study

The knowledge and skills gained during the study of this course will support your growth and development with your specific field. The course also contains elements that are contextually transferable, and the acquisition skills in these areas will prepare you for future advanced clinical and leadership roles.


Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

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