NHS England, in collaboration with The Queen’s Nursing Institute, has launched a new Induction Template for General Practice Nursing as part of the delivery of the General Practice Nursing Ten Point Plan.
The Induction Template is designed to enable employers to ensure that nurses in a first career destination role in general practice are well supported when taking their first steps in primary care. It aims to assist with good practice around induction and orientation, by developing a bespoke checklist with common ‘national’ elements that can be adapted to suit local areas.
The template could also be useful to nurses who have been working in primary care for some time, but would like to update their knowledge, and to nursing associates, health care assistants and student nurses preparing for a primary care placement.
The author of the document, nursing mentor and educator, Sharon Aldridge-Bent QN said: ‘Developing this template highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive induction and orientation programme for all nurses new to general practice…[to] assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in primary care.’
Paul Vaughan, Head of Nursing Now England, responsible for the delivery of the GPN Ten Point Plan commented: ‘This resource will enable employers to ensure they provide nurses new to general practice with a really good experience and ensure they have a great start to their career.’