Health Education East Midlands have been shortlisted in the HSJ Awards workforce category taking place on 19th November for responding to the workforce challenge, by equipping nurses for general practice.
General practice is under growing pressure to meet an increasing demand for timely and accessible services. This, together with the growing prevalence of long-term conditions, requires general practice to rely on the skills of the whole team; in particular, general practice nurses (GPN) who are proving themselves invaluable to achieving the targets set out within the Quality Outcomes Framework (QOF).
Health Education East Midlands and its key stakeholders needed to develop a new strategic approach that would: engage GPs in the needs of their workforce; promote and attracted Registered Nurses to a career in general practice; provide valued, high quality and timely training that would deliver a competent and capable GPN; and an increase in the confidence of general practice to recruit registered nurses with no primary care experience.
This programme has provided a practical entry route to general practice nursing, thereby growing a new generation of GPNs who are able to challenge, inspire and motivate. The strategic team aspired to train 10 trainees a year, but demand exceeded expectations, and they have delivered two cohorts a year, with a total of 74 now working in general practice out of the 76 recruited.
Congratulations on being shortlisted and good luck at the Awards Ceremony.