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Foundation Programme for Practice Nurses, who are new to General Practice CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Brief overview

The Foundation programme at City, University of London has been designed for practice nurses who are new to the general practice setting. The taught compoments of these two modules provide important skills for practice nurses to enable and facilitate their development in key specific areas. There is a strong emphaiss on having an evidence base to inform practice and clinical decisions.  Each module is available at level 6 (undergraduate) or level 7 (postgraduate level).

Level choice

Your choice of whether you undertake level 6 or level 7 needs to be considered. This is especially important if you wish to have these credits recognised, as part of our Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Requirements. In this instance, students who have obtained relevant level HE 6  or HE 7 credits through CPPD study in the five years before registering on the programme can apply to use RPL to transfer a maximum of 30 credits towards the award of either BSc/Graduate Diploma Primary Care Practice Nurse programme or a Post Graduate Diploma Primary Care Practice Nurse programme.  For students wishing to register to the Post Graduate Primary Care Practice Nurse programme.

For students wishing to register to the Post Graduate Primary Care Practice Nurse programme, you must have been awarded either a First or a 2.1 honors classification for your undergraduate nursing degree to be considered for the PgDip programme.

The taught compoment of each module, along with the dates of module delivery is as follows:

Module 1 (NM 3146 – Introduction to General Practice Nursing/NMM939 – Key Concepts in Practice Nursing) includes:

  • Immunisation programmes in the United Kingdom; Recognition, management and treatment of anaphylaxis; Introduction to travel health; Ear care: otoscopy examination; Ear care guidelines and ear irrigation; Health promotion in primary care.
  • Please note: to undertake this module at level 7 (NMM939) you must have a degree qualification. Refer to the section 'level choice'.

Module 2 (NM 3320/NMM320 – Cervical Cytology) includes:

  • Rationale for screening: Physiology and pathophysiology; Human Papilloma Virus and future developments; Sexual Health Screening in general practice; Clinical management including the role of the laboratory, which includes a visit to the Royal London Hospital; NHS screening programme and local implementation; Colposcopy: an overview; Taking a cervical sample, including history taking and Infection control; Supporting women with special needs
  • Please note: to undertake this module at level 7 (NMM320) you must have a degree qualification. Refer to the section 'level choice'.

Course credits: each module comprises 15 credits.

Dates of Attendance

The first session is on Tuesday 26 January 2021

The university induction day is scheduled for Wednesday 3 February 2021.

  • Module 1: 8, 9, 15, 22 & 23 February 2021
  • Module 2: 15, 16 and 17 March 2021. An additional date will be scheduled after the 18 March to include a Cytology visit. The dates have yet to be confirmed.



Prerequisite knowledge

- Work/Clinical Placement Requirements

- You should ideally be employed in a general practice in the United Kingdom to maximize the benefit of this programme.

- You will need to have identified an assessor for the NM3320/NMM320 module, who supervises your clinical practice.

- If you wish to study the level 7 equivalent (NMM939) you must have a degree qualifiication.