Primary Care & General Practice Nursing Career & Core Capabilities Framework

Consultation survey closed and next steps

The online consultation of the Primary Care & General Practice Nursing Career & Core Capabilities Framework has now closed.

We have had a fantastic response with nearly 600 responses from a wide mixture of individuals and organisations across the health sector.

The next phase of the project is to analyse the responses which in partnership with the steering group will use to inform the next iteration of the framework.

  • 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 development of the framework. A steering group comprising key stakeholders is guiding the development process.

    The first stage of the project focused on desk research to review existing source documents and develop the framework structure. The draft framework is now available for review as part of a wider consultation process during July/Early August.

    The framework is due for completion by the end of 2020.