A guide to the GPN Ready Scheme for student nurses
What is the GPN Ready Scheme?
The GPN Ready Scheme was set up in 2016 by Health Education Yorkshire and Humber as an incentivised 2-year Scheme for practices who are willing to recruit a newly qualified NMC registered nurse. It offers practices financial support for education and training during the preceptorship period for newly registered NMC nurses.
Why is there a need for the GPN Ready Scheme?
In 2016, the Queens Nursing Institute produced a major report on the GP workforce, finding that a third of GP nurses were due to retire by 2020. The report also noted that GP practices tended to recruit nurses already working in the primary care sector, which meant that they were ‘moving the workforce around’ rather than bringing in a new supply.
The GPN Ready Scheme was established to attract a new generation of nurses into GP as a ‘first destination’ post.
How do I apply for the GPN Ready Scheme?
At present, only practices can apply for the GPN Ready Scheme. This is done through the Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub. If you are a student nurse (or Return To Practice nurse) interested in working in GP, then please contact us leaving your name, email address, expected date of qualification and area/s of Yorkshire and Humber that you would be willing to work in. We will get in touch with further information as soon as we have practices who are looking to recruit.
Where can I find information about GPN Ready jobs?
Further information about GPN Ready jobs can be found on the NHS Jobs website (search ‘GPN Ready.) GPN Ready job advertisements tend to be posted from March onwards for a September start.
What training can I expect as part of the GPN Ready Scheme?
The GPN Ready Scheme offers practices financial support for education and training during the preceptorship period. Training can be sourced by the practice if preferred, but from 2018 onwards the South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Primary Care Workforce and Training Hub have put together a comprehensive 2-year GPN Ready Training Programme which aims to deliver quality training in key aspects of primary care nursing, so that new nurses can develop the skills that they need quickly.
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