General Practice Nursing, NU3149 Short Course

General Practice Nursing, NU3149 Short Course

At UCLan, our post-qualifying framework (PQF) allows health and social care practitioners to continue their professional development and achieve further qualifications in their field. You have the opportunity to study individual modules in subject areas that interest you. You can select from a comprehensive and contemporary range of modules that fit your personal development and career plans; either on an individual basis or combined in a planned programme to eventually achieve a degree.

Entry and Admissions

Award Type:

Short Course

Study Mode:

Part time

Delivery Method:


Course Length:

6 x 3 hour sessions (10 credits at Level 6)


School of Community Health and Midwifery

Partner Colleges:

No Partner College



Start Date:

Next cohort: June 2020

Entry Requirements:

Students must have a current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory body, such as the Nursing and Midwifery Council

DBS Checks:

This course will involve you working with vulnerable groups of individuals, including children. In order to ensure that the University offers places on their programmes to suitable candidates you will all be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB). We will be able to guide you through this process once you have been offered a conditional place of study at the University of Central Lancashire.

It is important to note that should your Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check prove to be unsatisfactory for the purpose of the course you have applied to, your offer of a place for that course may be withdrawn. If you have already enrolled on a course and your DBS check subsequently discloses a criminal conviction, you may be required to withdraw from the course even if you have already started. If you are aware that your DBS check will disclose a previous conviction, please contact the course leader for advice as not all convictions may preclude you from continuing with the course.

Course Content

Course Outline:
This module has been developed to enable nurses to obtain knowledge of working in general practice.

The module will be of benefit to newly appointed practice nurses, newly qualified nurses and nurses in the acute or community sector considering working in general practice.

The content of this module links to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP, 2012) General Practice Nurse Competencies.

The teaching strategies consist of classroom based teaching. You are required to attend for 6 consecutive weeks 5-8pm at the Preston campus and one further attendance to undertake the assessment.

Web-based software (Blackboard) facilities will further support the nurse in their studies.

This module has been developed to enable nurses to obtain knowledge of working in general practice.

Specific content:

  • General practice organisation / structure
  • NHS legislation / contracts
  • Legal and ethical issues in general practice – scope of professional practice
  • Risk management
  • The multi-disciplinary team
  • Communication with patients, consultation skills, history taking
  • User perspective and participation
  • Working in the ‘treatment room’ – infection control, health and safety, policies and procedures, clinical governance
  • Treatment room procedures – minor surgery, immunisations and vaccinations, wound care, ear care management
  • Triage and dealing with emergencies
  • Diagnostic and screening tests
  • Common medical conditions
  • Supporting Long Term Conditions

Learning Environment & Assessment:

A variety of teaching methods will be used to enable you to meet your learning outcomes of the module. These will include keynote lectures, tutorials, group discussions and e-learning.

Sessions will be delivered in a face-to-face format. This web-based software allows for live delivery and participation in the sessions no matter where you are based.

Summative assessment will be a presentation.



Academic Expertise

A variety of lecturers with expertise in their specialities are involved in delivering the course.

Learning outcome & aims

The aim of this module is to enable nurses to obtain knowledge of working in general practice and to prepare them for role development to meet the ever changing needs of primary health care. The nurse will critically examine the ways of working in general practice thus promoting an adaptable and responsive nurse who promotes the highest standards of client care.

On successful completion of this module a student will be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the evolving role of the general practice nurse within the modern NHS.
  • Critically analyse the implementation and monitoring of quality assured standards of care by effective and efficient management of finite resources
  • Explore the variety of acute and long term presentations within general practice

Industry links & professional accreditation

We have great links with employers including household names such as Sony, BAE Systems and Apple. We also have links with the smaller companies in the region and offer help and assistance to more than 1,000 of these – with many of our graduates staying in the region it is important we develop these relationships.

Work experience and international opportunities

At UCLan we work with a range of businesses and organisations, many of which provide work experience opportunities and project briefs to enable to you gain real work experience whilst you undertake your postgraduate programme. Your course tutor will advise on opportunities available within your course and the UCLan Careers Team can provide help, advice and guidance on how to apply for them and how to make the most of these opportunities.

Graduate Careers

The UCLan Careers Team offer ongoing supportive careers advice and guidance throughout your course and after graduation, along with a range of modules, work experience opportunities and events to help you acquire the skills to make you stand out to potential employers in today’s competitive market.


UCLan is recognised for its outstanding course provision which gives students the skills, knowledge, and personal attributes necessary to succeed at the University and in their future careers. To find out more about the experiences of our students, read our success stories.

Progression Routes

From foundation courses through to world-leading research degrees, you can study a wide range of subject areas at UCLan. Whether you want to develop your knowledge in a subject you enjoy or gain further qualifications to enhance your career, at UCLan there are numerous progression routes for you to follow.

Fees & Funding

For details of the standard fee for UK/EU students studying this course please contact the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing.

£880 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

How to Apply

Post-registration Recruitment
School of Health

01772 893836/893839

About UCLan

Post-registration Recruitment

Faculty of Health & Wellbeing

University of Central Lancashire,
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 89 3836 / 3839