Advanced Training Practice Scheme:
Workforce projections map out a serious shortfall in both GP and practice nurse numbers over the next 5 years, with increasing retirements and insufficient replacements going through training.
The Advanced Training Practice Scheme has the aim of addressing these concerns by providing placements for undergraduate nursing students in general practice. It is hoped that this experience will encourage and promote awareness of practice nursing as a viable career choice. The students are trained by mentorship trained practice nurses enabling them to gain valuable experience in this area of nursing. This forms part of their evaluated training and development. As it is being provided by training practices that place a strong emphasis on medical education and development this enriches the learning environment of the practice by including a further discipline into the professional learning domain.