Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) welcomed Gill Beardmore this week as she delivered a talk to our General Practice Nurse (GPN) trainees about their funded programme and the motivations behind developing a career as a GPN.
Gill is RN & Queens Nurse and works for Health Education England as Primary Care Nurse Workforce Lead in the East Midlands. She was also involved in the development of the NHS 10 point plan to look at novel ways to better train General Practice nurses, of which BGU’s new Post Graduate Certificate in General Practice Nursing (PG Cert in GPN) is a part, and the overall proof of concept for the new GPN trainees.
Joining our trainees, who are now a third of the way through their programme, Gill discussed the importance of their course and its potential impact on healthcare training across the UK. The PG Cert in GPN is a completely new model of training for General Practice Nursing covering wider skills and practices designed to futureproof the profession. While the BGU course is currently one of only two on offer across the UK, if it is successful the model will be rolled out nationwide.
Following Gill’s presentation the trainees took part in a session exploring blood test interpretation. Led by Dr Graham Basten, Head of the School of Social Sciences at BGU, blood test interpretation is one of the new skills being covered by the course. General Practice nurses would not normally be trained in this area and its inclusion, in addition to being part of the evolution of the General Practice nursing role, is completely unique to BGU.
The PG Cert In General Practice Nursing is a fantastic opportunity for health care professionals to up skill and provides a pathway into the developing course portfolio within the School of Social Science at BGU which reflects current and future needs of the health and social care sector.