Career Pathway: General Practice Nurse/ ANP

What are the entry requirements to train as a Nurse?

The traditional route is to take an approved full- time university pre-registration degree in nursing. Requirements for nursing degree courses vary because each university sets its own entry criteria, but you are likely to need at least two (usually three) A-levels, Highers, or equivalent qualifications at Level 3, plus supporting GCSEs including English, Maths and a Science (Grade C/4 or above.)

If you already have a relevant first degree (such as in human biology or psychology), some universities will give recognition for this enabling you to complete the nursing degree over a shorter period. You’ll need to speak to each university you’re considering to see if you can get some accreditation.

Additional routes into nursing are now being developed in England, including nursing degree apprenticeships. A nursing associate role would enable you to gain experience and then complete the nursing degree apprenticeship over a shorter period.

What courses are available in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?

What support is available for Nurses working in General Practice in South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw?

Please visit the Initiatives/ Support available link at the bottom of this page to find out more. 

Where can the Practice Nurse role lead?

Some Practice Nurses work towards postgraduate level qualification (e.g. Non Medical Prescribing) or a Masters in Advanced Clinical Practice in order to qualify as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner. There may be opportunities to develop into education roles (e.g. secondment to university ACP/Nursing programmes or Training Hub Nurse Preceptorship schemes) or to take Lead Nurse roles within the CCG/ Federation. Some Nurses may become partners in their practice. 

Where can I find more information about career pathways in General Practice Nursing? 

HEE has developed a Career Framework for both General Practice nurses and District Nurses. 

There are 9 levels on the General Practice Nurse Framework, advancing from Level 1 (entry level job without official qualifications) through to Level 9 where the nurse is considered a senior member of staff, involved in decision making for the practice.

Click here to download the General Practice Nurse Education & Career Framework:

Click here to find out more about the role: