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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, you must have been awarded either a First or a 2.1 honours classification for your undergraduate nursing degree to be considered for this programme.

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

The taught content of 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.

The taught content of 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

Course credits: each module comprises 15 credits.

Start dates

  • Module 1 – 6 February 2019 (University induction day). Taught components of Module 1: 11, 12, 18, 25 and 26 February.
  • Module 2 – 11 – 14 March 2019 inclusive.”



Prerequisite knowledge


Prerequisite knowledge

- Work/Clinical Placement Requirements

- You should be employed in a general practice. You can undertake the module if they are working in the acute sector.

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

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.