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Introduction to Practice Nursing

The Practice Nursing programme of 60 credits at level 6 (undergraduate) was developed to address the issues of recruitment and competency across the East Midlands region.

It aims to prepare registered nurses who have not worked in general practice before to have a baseline competence in the General Practice Nursing (GPN) role through both theoretical and practice learning. This will allow employers in the future to expect a safe, competence practice nurse and a certain level of consistency in terms of knowledge, skills and competence.

This programme was shortlisted for a Health Services Journal Award – Workforce category in 2014.

This programme incorporates academic learning and work based learning and includes key clinical skills required for General Practice Nursing which include venepuncture, ear care, wound management and cervical cytology.

  • Flexible study options allow you to study at a level to suit your professional needs; with progression opportunities from undergraduate level to PG Cert
  • Our team of experienced academics are all specialist practice and community nurses, ensuring your learning is relevant to current practice and a wide range of issues and contemporary debates in the field
  • Benefit from direct input and visiting lecturers from experienced practitioners in the field; broadening your perspective of practice nursing regionally and nationally
  • Inter-professional learning develops your ability to work as part of a multi-professional team

Entry Criteria

  • All students must have an effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • They should also possess 120 credits at levels 4 and 5 And have the ability to study successfully at degree level (level 6)
  • Students should demonstrate evidence of recent study
  • Employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme
  • Students will be required to provide a current CRB/ DBS disclosure


  • All students must have an effective registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council
  • Students should have a minimum of three years post-registration experience, within a health practice setting
  • They must also possess 120 credits at level 4 and a minimum of 30 credits at level 5 and have the ability to study successfully at degree level (level 6)
  • Employed as a general practice nurse by the start of the programme
  • Applicants who fall short of the above entry requirements may use the APA mechanism to contribute towards the above criteria. 


This programme covers the whole of the East Midlands and each intake is delivered at De Montfort University


This programme is in the early implementation stage and fees are currently supported by the Local Education Training Board and Health Education East Midlands.

Employers are required to pay a £500 contribution towards the cost of the programme.

For students outside of the East Midlands please contact Shona Green on


How to apply

Online Application Forms and Guidance Information


Key information

Module Category: PNUR
Module Code: 3000
Module Credits: 60
Module Level: 6

Module leader

Shona Green
T: 0116 257 7289


January 2018 Cohort

This Cohort will be delivered at Lincolnshire on the following dates.

  • Thursday 25 January
  • Monday 29 January
  • Monday 5 February
  • Monday 19 February
  • Tuesday 27 February
  • Wednesday 28 February
  • Monday 5 March
  • Monday 12 March
  • Monday 19 March
  • Monday 9 April
  • Monday 16 April
  • Monday 23 April
  • Monday 30 April
  • Monday 14 May
  • Monday 21 May
  • Monday 9 July

January 2018 Cohort

This Cohort will be delivered at De Montfort University Leicester on the following dates.

  • Wednesday 31 January
  • Thursday 1 February
  • Thursday 8 February
  • Thursday 15 February
  • Tuesday 20 February
  • Wednesday 21 February
  • Thursday 1 March
  • Thursday 8 March
  • Thursday 15 March
  • Thursday 22 March
  • Thursday 12 April
  • Thursday 19th April
  • Thursday 26 April
  • Thursday 3 May
  • Thursday 10 May
  • Thursday 17 May
  • Thursday 12 July

Return to study

This is a degree-level module in which you will be expected to produce assessed work at degree-level standard.

If it is sometime since you undertook other kinds of academically assessed work, you will be well advised to consider undertaking some self-directed academic updating around returning to study.

More information can be found here

Module Description

The Introduction to Practice Nursing is a 60 credit module that runs over two semesters. The end of the module assesses achievement of the standards set by Working in Partnership Programme (RCN 2012) i.e. The GPN Career Framework for Level 5. The module content is also aligned to the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) competencies

Preparation for Study


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