Transition into General Practice

Key features

This 20 credit module provides education to support professional development in general practice and primary care networks. Students will learn about and develop skills in delivering person-centred care with a focus on primary prevention, public health initiatives and health screening.

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

It enables the student to develop their knowledge of person-centred care in the general practice setting.

Subjects addressed will include immunisation of children and adults, screening and primary prevention, cardiovascular health and hypertension, ear care, management of asthma and frailty.

Module code

APP755 / HEAD394

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:

  • Critically evaluate the theory and practice of partnership working in the context of general practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of care management and care co-ordination.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the opportunities and challenges of implementing primary and secondary preventative health strategies in general practice.
  • Explore the underpinning principles of risk assessment, risk management and safeguarding in maximising service user safety and harm free care in the general practice setting or primary care networks.
  • Evaluate the role and impact of epidemiology, social determinants and health inequalities on the experiences and wellbeing of service users, families and communities.

Masters - level 7

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

  • Critically evaluate the theory and practice of partnership working in the context of general practice and identify strategies for change and innovation.
  • Demonstrate understanding and critical application of the principles of care management and care co-ordination.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the opportunities and challenges of implementing primary and secondary preventative health strategies in general practice.
  • Critically evaluate the underpinning principles of risk assessment, risk management and safeguarding in maximising service user safety and harm free care in the general practice setting or primary care networks.
  • Evaluate the role and impact of epidemiology, social determinants and health inequalities on the experiences and wellbeing of service users, families and communities.

Module dates

16, 23 October, 6, 13, 20, 27 November, 4 and 11 December 2020. 

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.