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General Practice Nursing


This is a very exciting time to be working in General Practice, with all the opportunities for development and multidisciplinary team working, whilst caring for patients in their communities. General Practice Nursing ‘’Now and the Future” (Public Health Agency 2016) identified the need for a career pathway for nurses working in General Practice and the Chief Nursing Officer commissioned NIPEC to develop it, led by Maura Devlin, Executive Director of Nursing, Down GP Federation in partnership with other stakeholders in General Practice, Public Health Agency, Education Providers, HSC Trusts and RCN. Find out more about the project.

View the Career Pathway document.

The Career Pathway comprises core competencies, education requirements and Job Descriptions to enable a standardised approach to the continued development of the five main roles within General Practice Nursing, including the role of Senior Nursing Assistant. You can also listen to practitioners who are employed in each of the roles by watching their individual video clips, click on each of the roles to view the clips.

Listen to Maura Devlin describing the various roles in General Practice, highlighted in this pathway, and to Dr Finbar McGrady explaining the benefits to General Practice. Click on their name to open the video.

Previously Executor Director of Nursing, Down GP Federation

Finbar , GP,
Clinical Lead for Practice Based Learning, GP Federation