Primary Care & General Practice Nursing Career & Core Capabilities Framework


Health Education England has commissioned a review of the General Practice Nursing Education and Career Framework (2015), and subsequently the development of a new Primary Care and General Practice Nursing Core Capabilities Framework. A revised Career Framework will describe the range of levels of practice and professional / educational requirements, while the Core Capabilities Frameworks will describe the skills, knowledge and behaviours that the Nursing workforce in primary care and general practice will need to apply in order to deliver high quality, personalised, compassionate care.

  • Background

    General Practice Nursing (GPN) teams are a key component of the general practice and primary care workforce. Every member of the nursing team has a vital role in delivering care and treatment across the life course.

    The General Practice Forward View published in April 2016 pledged a major expansion of the primary care workforce. In addition, in March 2017, HEE published the General Practice Nursing Workforce Development Plan – Recognise, Rethink and Reform. This included a series of recommendations for organisations that can influence the general practice nursing workforce. General Practice – Developing confidence, capability and capacity: a ten-point action plan for General Practice Nursing responds to both these documents supported by the £15 million investment described in the General Practice Forward View. It is designed to provide a highly skilled GPN/Primary Care workforce that includes both registered nurses and non-registered healthcare support workers.

  • Purpose and scope of the framework

    The development of a Primary Care and General Practice Nursing Core Capabilities Framework will support Health Education England to achieve the aims of the ten-point action plan. The Framework will provide a standard and greater clarity on the scope of practice for nurses working within primary care and general practice settings. It will include opportunities for all nurses at all levels within primary care including the Nursing Associate, Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing.

    This will be particularly relevant to employers such as Primary Care Network (PCN) Clinical Directors, GPs and Practice Managers, commissioners, (e.g. for workforce planning), education providers (e.g. to inform the design and delivery of curricula) and to patients, nurses and colleagues in multi-disciplinary teams.

  • Development of the framework

    Skills for Health has been commissioned to provide project management and lead on the review of the Career Framework and development of the Core Capabilities Framework. A steering group comprising key stakeholders will guide the research and development process. The first stage of the project to review the current Career Framework was completed in February 2020. Work is now progressing to develop the structure and content of the Core Capabilities Framework. It is anticipated that the Core Capabilities Framework will be complete by the end of 2020.

Register to be involved

To register your interest, please complete the form below. You will then be invited to take part in an online survey (expected Summer 2020) as part of the Core Capabilities Framework development process.