General Practice Courses

Course Summary

This course is for qualified healthcare professionals  who are new to general practice. The Introduction to General Practice module comprises of a range of learning units to prepare you for general practice.

A programme of  blended learning has been designed for nurses and allied healthcare professionals new to general practice and includes live webinars and self directed learning that can be accessed as recorded presentations by experts in the field.

The course bundle includes 10 modules with learning units and encourages practice nurses to develop basic skills. It links to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP, 2012) General Practice Nurse Competencies.

Course Aims

This course aims to equip you with the core knowledge and skills to work in general practice.

  • Have a UK or overseas degree from a recognised institution or equivalent professional or other qualification.
  • Hold professional registration with the NMC, HCPC, GMC or Allied Health Professional Body or Council are encouraged to have an identified mentor in general practice to complete competencies.
  • Work-based learning is central to the course. This approach allows you to manage and actively shape your own learning in the workplace, with the support of nurse mentors and primary care workforce tutors.
  • Some of the learning units require completion of the pre -requisite ELFH modules to be completed before the live zoom session

What’s Included?

  1. There are 10 modules which include :
    • Learning Units
    • Handouts
    • Recorded presentations
    • MCQs
  2. Competency document
  3. Live Webinars
  4. Free place on chronic Disease Update
  5. 6-months access to complete the course


You should be employed in a role that will support development of your clinical skills during the programme.

Work in a clinical environment such as general practice with a suitably qualified mentor to support achievement of competencies.

You need to identify your mentor before starting the source.


Module 1: Introduction to Practice Nursing

  • History Taking and Documentation, Consultation Skills 
  • Introduction to QOF and EMIS in General Practice 
  • What is CQC and how to prepare for a visit 
  •  Infection Control and Risk management 
  • Introduction to COVID and Telephone Triage 
  •  SEPSIS and NEWS2 
  •  GDPR and Information Governance 
  • Chaperoning

Module 2: Ethical and Legal Issues

  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 
  • DNAR and LPA’s 
  •  Pt refusal of treatment and best interests 
  • Notification of Infections Disease 

Lecturer: Jeshni Amblum- Almér

  • Module 3: Chronic Diseases Management
  • Heartfailure and Hypertension

1. Managing Heart failure 

2. Hypertension and prevention of falls 

3. CVD templates and QOF in general practice 

Nadia Dallsingh, Cardiology specialist nurse 

Diabetes for General Practice

Diabetes for General Practice 

2. Diabetes and CVD. Foot checks and Eye screening 

3. Nutritional Advice and education. Overview of hypoglycaemics and insulins 

Gill Dunn, Diabetes Specialist Nurse

Respiratory Conditions : COPD

  1. Introduction to COPD
  2. Overview of Spirometry 

3. HOOF and ordering oxygen in the community 

Lecturer: Ioulia Mariaki, ARTP Respiratory Lecturer

Respiratory Conditions : Asthma

1. Introduction to Asthma in general practice 

2. Integrating templates and QOF 

3. Inhaler Technique 

Lecturer: Ameet Ghordon , Pharmacist with specialist field Respiratory

Module 4: Immunisations – ZOOM Courses

Introduction to Travel Health 

Introduction to Childhood Immunisations 

Introduction to Injections and Vaccines for HCSWs and HCA’s

Injections: Vitamin B12, Prostap, Zoladex, Depo injections 

BLS and Anaphylaxis 

Kirsty Armstong, Senior Lecturer Primary Care

Module 5: Women Health

1. Overview of contraception and sexual health. Includes coil fitting : Dr Hayley Jenkins 

2. Chaperoning 

3. Taking swabs HVS, Chlamydia and Other 

4. Cervical Screening and managing results. 

5. Overview of Gynae and Menopause

Lecturer: Dr Hayley Jenkins FSRSH GP

Module 6: Burns and Bites and Wound Care

  • Wound care for general practice
  • Managing Burns in General Practice
  •  Managing Bites
  •  Tetanus and Rabies
  • Module 8: Mental Health  Disorders
  • Mental Health Disorders in Adults
  • Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents and Children

Dr Balu Pitchiah, Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Leah Brennan, Psychologist

Module 10:Vulnerable Groups

  • Safeguarding Adults at Risk
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3

Lecturers : Fadzai Madingshaide Safeguarding Lead

Kenny Gibson, Director of Safeguarding NHS England



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