The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) and QNI Scotland (QNIS) have launched voluntary standards for senior general practice nurse (SGPN) education and practice.

As the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) Standards for specialist education and practice have not been significantly updated since 1994, it was felt that the standards did not represent contemporary general practice nursing education or practice.

The QNI/QNIS considers that these standards will:

  • identify consistency in the expectations of GPNs in these senior roles to employers, commissioners, and GPN clinicians
  • offer a career pathway for GPNs to enhance recruitment and retention
  • provide guidance to education providers to ensure courses enable students to have the knowledge, skills, and behaviours to meet these standards.

Adoption of these voluntary standards should support and guide GPNs as they face future challenges. They are not designed for nurses new to general practice as there are a range of courses designed to equip nurses new to general practice with the skills they need.