Initiatives & Support Available- Practice Nurses

Support for nurses new to General Practice

The SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub offers a 1-year training & preceptorship programme for newly-qualified nurses and nurses up to 5 years post-qualification who want to work in primary care. The aim of the Primary Care Nurse Vocational Training Scheme is to employ approximately 20 nurses per year through a lead employer, with primary care-specific clinical nursing and organisational skills plus pastoral and mentoring support delivered by the clinical team at the Hub. Applications for October start are usually open around May each year.

The SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub also wishes to support applications from practices/PCNs in SY&B that have recently employed a nurse new to primary care. There are a limited amount of places available on the Nurse VTS each year that are of no cost to the employing organisation. Practices/PCNs must agree to release their nurse for all training days and to have an identified nurse mentor in practice to support the learner through their training period.

If you would like to express an interest in the Nurse VTS programme, please complete this form.

Support for nurses wanting to train as Advanced Nurse Practitioners

The SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub, in association with Health Education England, offers the ACP Ready Scheme, which provides financial support for primary care organisations who have identified the need for an ACP. The Scheme offers full 3-year Masters course fees paid directly to a chosen HEI, plus a training grant to help with costs incurred by organisations in releasing staff for study time. Applications for Sept/Jan start are usually open around February each year.

Update: all places for ACP training in 2020-21 have now been commissioned. If you would like to express an interest for Sept/Jan 2021 start, please contact us

Support for Practice Nurse training and development

The SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub is authorised to sign off applications for Workforce Development/SSPRD funding from general practice nurses working in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw. All funding requests must come through the Hub to ensure that courses are aligned to local priorities and that practices can confirm their support for learners. A guide to applying for Workforce Development/SSPRD funding can be found here.

In addition to this, from mid-2020 the  SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub will be responsible for the coordination of Nurse CPD funding across the region. After discussion with their practices and PCNs, practice nurses working in organisations across SY&B will be able to apply to the Hub in order to access funding up to a maximum of £333 per year which can be spent on training and development (funding cannot be used for backfill.)

Further information about how to apply for Nurse CPD funding will be made available soon; in the meantime please contact us if you have any queries.

Support for Nurses who wish to supervise/ assess students on placement

The SY&B Primary Care Workforce & Training Hub is working to increase the capacity of learning placements across the region in order to secure the primary care workforce of the future. The Hub, in association with Sheffield Hallam University, coordinates & delivers Supervisor/Assessor training for nurses, along with Transition Updates for Mentors who wish to take students under the new NMC standards. 

The Hub has a team of Nurse Educators who can liaise with nurses in practice, provide support with queries around placements and advise on the online PARE placement tool. Supervisors and Assessors report a great sense of purpose in being able to share their knowledge and experience with the future workforce in primary care. 

UPDATE: The Hub is currently working with local HEIs to move their Transition Updates online, in response to social-distancing measures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nurse Mentors across SY&B who have not yet undertaken Transition training will be contacted by the Hub as soon as these online materials are available. 

Support for nurses wanting to return to General Practice

NHS England and NHS Improvement, in partnership with NHS Health Education England launched their ‘Once a nurse, always a nurse’ campaign in March 2022 to encourage nurses and midwives who have previously left their profession to return. 

Routes back into practice

There are three routes back into nursing/midwifery currently available:

  • Complete one of the Return to Practice (RTP) courses on offer – where each course is fully funded, with the returner receiving £1,000 to cover costs such as books, travel and childcare. If employed by a NHS organisation, the returner will receive either a salary or £1,000.
  • The NMC Test of Competence which is also fully funded.
  • Readmission for nurses who meet the NMC requirements.

There are return to practice courses across the country with many NHS trusts employing nurses and midwives directly. Please visit the the NHS website for more information.

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