Information for practice teams
The RCGP is the professional membership body for family doctors in the UK and internationally. We are committed to improving patient care, clinical standards and GP training.
The General Practice Foundation (GPF) Committee have created a number of useful guidance documents and standards that support Practice teams with professional development.
To find out more about the General Practice Foundation Committee, please visit the RCGP Committee page
RCGP General Practice Foundation General Practice Nurse Competencies
GPF Nurse Competencies [PDF]
The GPF are proud to announce the release of the RCGP General Practice Foundation General Practice Nurse Competencies. This competency framework addresses the common core competencies and the wider range of skills, knowledge and behaviours a nurse needs in order to be a fully proficient GPN.
It has been created by the nursing sub group of the General Practice Foundation and developed by leading General Practice Nurses and Advanced Practitioners who have peer reviewed this framework and provided valuable comment and feedback.
The document is available to download and can be updated digitally and saved as a PDF or printed and edited manually. You can also upload the completed PDF to your eportfolio.
Jenny Aston, lead of the GPF Nursing subgroup said: “I am really pleased that we now have the General Practice Nurse Competencies to accompany the Nursing Standards. Both provide very useful guidance for GPs, Practice managers, and Nurses starting out in General Practice. They will also provide LETBs, CCGs and education providers with information to support the development of nursing excellence in General Practice. “
Mike Pringle, president of the RCGP and the GPF said of the competencies: "I am immensely proud that the RCGP is associated, through our General Practice Foundation, with this important initiative. General Practice Nurses are essential members of effective primary care teams and these competencies show the way forward"
Nursing Standards2012 [PDF]
The GPF has published new nursing standards to provide more structure to nursing roles in general practice and to improve patient care and experience. The standards cover clinical, professional and employment practice for nurses and healthcare assistants working at all levels in general practice.
They have been mapped against and complement existing regulatory standards and those promoted by the NHS and professional organisations, in an attempt to achieve consensus on which standards should be ‘good, better and best’ and are intended to be used as a benchmark by employers, GPNs, commissioning groups and primary care organisations.
Jenny Aston, Nursing Lead at the RCGP’s General Practice Foundation, said: “Practice nurses are a mainstay of modern general practice and one of the reasons that primary care is such a successful model of healthcare. We should ensure they are nurtured and helped to perform at their very best for the good of the NHS and for our patients. By adopting these standards, general practices will offer improved nursing quality, patient safety and experience, and better health and wellbeing of staff.”
For further information on this work, please email email@example.com
Sample Role descriptions for a General Practice Team
General Practice Nursing [PDF]
Physician Assistants Working in General Practice [PDF]
Practice Management [PDF]
Our successful quality programmes Practice Accreditation (PA) and Quality Practice Award (QPA), supports practices in raising their standard of care.
For further information, please visit: Practice Management Resources