Advancing within General Practice

Key features

This 20 credit module aims to equip students with knowledge, understanding and capability to deliver person-centred care required to fulfil the role of the general practice nurse as defined by the RCGP Nursing standards and in alignment with national Department of Health and Health Education England initiatives. 

This is one of three standalone modules that make up the Fundamentals of General Practice programme also including Transition into General Practice and Embedding within General Practice.

Subjects addressed will include contraception and sexual health, neurological diseases, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and musculoskeletal disorders. 

Module code

APP757 / HEAD396

Credits

20

FHEQ Level

Level 6 (degree) and Level 7 (masters)

Location

Blended learning approach with face to face delivery at Plymouth

Module details

Degree - level 6

By the end of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and capability in practice to undertake clinical competencies required to fulfil the role of a general practice nurse.
  • Discuss and analyse the developing role of the practice nurse, within the Primary Care Multi-disciplinary team and the interface of general practice with the wider health community.
  • Develop and evidence reflective practice recognising its centrality to the provision of quality patient care.
  • Access and critically analyse the evidence base used to support current practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in assessment and management of patients living with long term conditions.

Masters - level 7

By the end of the module, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and capability in practice to undertake clinical competencies required to fulfil the role of a general practice nurse.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the developing role of the practice nurse, within the Primary Care Multi-disciplinary team and the interface of general practice with the wider health community.
  • Develop and evidence reflective practice recognising its centrality to the provision of quality patient care, innovation and leadership.
  • Access and critically analyse the quality of evidence base used to support current practice.
  • Access, appraise and interpret the principles involved in assessment and management of patients living with long term conditions.

Module dates

23, 30 April, 7, 21, 28 May, 4, 11 and 18 June 2021. 

The University is following government guidelines on COVID 19 and there is a possibility that some modules may require online delivery. We will keep you informed of any decisions regarding this.

Occasionally delivery dates might be subject to change - always check with the module lead or Professional Development Unit.

Please be aware that all modules run to minimum numbers.

In the event that there are low numbers, this module may be rescheduled to an alternative date.

Some modules are also subject to maximum numbers.

Entry requirements

To be considered for a place on these modules you must be:

  • a registered practitioner working within a primary care setting in order to meet the module outcomes.

And one of the following: 

  • a health and social care worker in possession of previous study at level 5 (Diploma of Higher Education) or a foundation degree to study the module at degree level
  • a health and social care worker ideally in possession of previous study at degree level to study the module at masters level.

Each student will be considered and advised individually (where required) by the programme team and Professional Development Unit. Please contact the PDU or programme lead if you have any queries regarding your situation.

Fees

Please see our Professional Development module fees page.

Module lead 

Fiona Cook

Welcome to general practice nursing at the University of Plymouth. As we embark on this journey together let me introduce myself. I have worked in general practice for over 30 years and continue to do so alongside my role as a lecturer. With a previous background in palliative care, I believe firmly in nursing as a vocation as well as a profession, delivering truly person- centred care. That is the underpinning theme of this course. Nursing in general practice offers the opportunity to become a specialist generalist, delivering care across the lifespan and improving health outcomes for individuals, families and communities. It can also be challenging and a steep learning curve as organisations respond to change. As course leader I aim to support you as you develop in this role. Do not hesitate to contact me on fiona.cook@plymouth.ac.uk if I can be of help. I look forward to meeting you.

Admissions information 

Additional information and documentation required for the application process.

Access to: 

  • application forms 
  • change of name forms
  • pre-course information
  • downloadable guides
  • student card.

Visit our admissions homepage for full details.

You can contact the Professional Development Unit with any queries

Prospective student enquiries:

Email: PDUAdmissions@plymouth.ac.uk

Phone: +44 1752 586951

Current student enquiries:

Email: pdu@plymouth.ac.uk

Professional Development Unit, Level 4 Rolle Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, United Kingdom.

Monday–Thursday 8:30–17:00 and Friday 8:30–16:30.