Career Opportunities for Nurses


The General Practice Nursing (GPN) workforce is at the forefront of leading change in primary care. With primary care being central to our health system, it’s the place to be for any ambitious nurse at any point in their career journey. 

As a general practice nurse you can expect: 

  • to be challenged and feel rewarded
  • every day to be different 
  • your skill set to be expanded
  • to build effective working relationships with patients across their life span
  • to work in a dynamic multi-professional team

If you like to get to know your patients well and enjoy working as part of a team, then General Practice Nursing is the career for you. Your skills will make a real difference to people’s health and wellbeing within the community.

Whether you are a newly qualified nurse or moving into a new role to primary care, Surrey Heartlands GP Practices welcomes your skills and experience. Many newly qualified nurses are now going straight into general practice where they are able to take advantage of increasing opportunities to specialise in particular conditions, and to build a varied career.

General Practice Nurse job responsibilities varies from practice to practice but may involve:

  • Management of patients with long term conditions such as Diabetes, COPD, Heart Disease.
  • Delivering Public Health Programmes such as Childhood immunisations, Smoking cessation,
  • Delivering Public Health Screening Programmes such as Cervical Cytology, Men’s health screening.
  • Treating Minor Illness and Minor Ailments
  • Family planning & women’s health.
  • Sexual health services.
  • Managing simple and complex wounds including leg ulcers
  • Travel health advice and vaccinations.

Entry requirements

To become a GPN you must be a qualified nurse registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Route into General Practice Nursing in Surrey

The New to General Practice Nurse Training Programme is sponsored through the Surrey Training Hub and Health Education England, Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE KSS).

Newly Qualified Nurses, within the first 12 months since qualifying are eligible to be included in the two year General Practice Nurse Fellowship.  For many this will be their first experience in General Practice and the Training Hub will support mentors and the newly trained GPNs throughout the Fellowship.

Whilst on the programme, the trainee GPN will gain invaluable knowledge and experience needed to fulfil the role, initially under supervision of a clinical/nursing member of staff and working alongside practice supervisors and their designated practice assessor.

GPNs will also complete academic modules related to Primary Care, preparing them to work autonomously and make clinical decisions whilst providing care for the Practice’s patients.

The aim is to increase the number of highly skilled, well supported GPNs in Surrey, addressing current and future workforce needs in Primary Care.


  • Working alongside a general practice nurse, observing and participating in care under direct and indirect supervision.
  • Observing and understanding the role of the reception/administration team.
  • Observing other clinicians: GPs, health visitors, midwives, HCAs and clinical specialist.
  • Home visits with health care professionals.
  • Engaging with patient participation groups.
  • Understanding communication between primary and secondary care, and the interface between these services.
  • Using a hub and spoke approach; it would be valuable to spend time with other professionals who work closely with the practice e.g. local pharmacists, podiatrists and optometrists or other allied health professions – Training Hub hope to introduce this model in the near future.


On successful completion of the Fellowship , the GPN will have achieved a recognisable academic qualification in practice nursing from our partner Higher Education Institution (HEI) ;  and have been part of a nationally recognised Fellowship programme.


A trainee GPN will be assigned a practice assessor from within their general practice or a local practice within the primary care network. Further support is also provided to both the GPN trainee and practice assessors through provision of clinical training from the Surrey Training Hub and the support of the Learning Environment Lead.

Trainees will have robust induction to support ongoing learning which will follow the NHS England General Practice Nurse Induction format.

Trainees will have regular progress meetings to support ongoing learning with an annual appraisal to discuss their personal development plan.  The trainee and practice assessor are expected to, and should be released to attend all Surrey Practice Nurse Forums.


Download GPN Fellowship Offer for details of the Surrey Heartlands programme. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity.


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