• Nurses


Welcome to our OTH page for nurses. Whether you’re a student, a General Practice Nurse, District Nurse or an Advanced Nurse Practitioner we believe there will be something of interest for you on this page (if there isn’t please tell us what you’d like to see here).



Graduate Certificate for General Practice Nurses at Bucks New University - Funded places

Health Education England- Thames Valley has funding to support nurses new to General Practice to undertake the Graduate Certificate for General Practice Nurses at Bucks New University.

This programme will be delivered as a blended learning course over 9 months starting each February and September. This means that students will attend face to face teaching and learning at Bucks New University, High Wycombe campus and will also be expected to complete online learning over the 9 months.

The nurse will need to be supported and assessed by suitably qualified and experienced colleagues in practice in developing a portfolio of practice.

HEE Thames Valley will provide funding for the course fees only.

For further details of the course please go here.

If you have recently employed or are considering employing a nurse new to general practice who has NOT completed any clinical competencies and would wish to undertake this course please contact us as soon as possible.


Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery

Oxfordshire is an exciting place to study and work in nursing with a wide range of opportunities for you to explore. The OTH is constantly working on events and programmes to strengthen the nursing workforce. If you can’t find the information you need here please contact us here.

The Oxford School of Nursing and Midwifery is a new partnership between Oxford Brookes University, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, under the umbrella of the Oxford Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC.) The School will uniquely combine education, clinical practice and research across the nursing, midwifery and allied health professions. For more information click here.

Careers in General Practice nursing

Nurses are an important part of delivering care in general practice. An increasing shift of care from hospitals to general practice provides nurses with a really exciting career choice.

GP nursing (GPN) is a rapidly expanding specialty in nursing. The role  reflecting the shift in health care delivery from secondary to primary care over the last two decades. Until recently, however, there has not been a clear career path to help nurses make the transition to general practice. This situation is now changing and increasingly a variety of exciting opportunities are beginning to emerge. The OTH is committed to supporting GPN development and training opportunities.

The OTH is currently establishing an education and career development programme for nurses at all levels.

Watch the HEE YouTube “Thinking of becoming a general practice nurse? ” where GPNs talk about their everyday work.

Careers in community nursing

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Nursing apprenticeships

Apprentices combine working with studying in order to gain qualification and valuable professional skills. As well as taking on someone new, apprenticeships can be used to improve the skills of current employees.

Registered Nurse Degree Apprenticeship supports employers to develop their healthcare support workers (HCSWs) towards registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Council, as either adult or mental health nurses. The programme is a balance of theory and practice delivered through a combination of practice-based learning and university.

  • The nursing associate is a new role currently being trialled to help build the capacity and capability of the nursing workforce in England. The role aims to bridge the gap between health and care support workers who have a care certificate, and registered nurses. Following their training, nursing associates would not be registered nurses, but could undertake some of the duties that registered nurses undertake. The new role is intended to complement, rather than replace, registered nurses, enabling them to spend more time on the assessment and care associated with both complex needs and advances in treatment.

We are working closely with local universities to explore the possibilities of how we can support this. Please contact us if you are interested.

Pre-registration student placements and mentorship

Help us increase recruitment of nurses to general practice.  We know that a significant proportion of practice nurses are approaching retirement age in Oxfordshire and that recruitment of practice nurses remains challenging.

Hosting nursing and other types of student placements can enable you identify potential future employees, and raise the profile of primary care as a nursing or paramedic career destination, encouraging newly qualified professionals to enter the primary care workforce understanding the reality and benefits of their choice.

Becoming a placement provider gives you the opportunity to work in partnership with local HEIs like Oxford Brookes University, to develop a skilled and effective workforce which will meet the needs of Oxfordshire now and in the future.

OTH is working with Oxford Brookes University and others to increase the number of student placements for adult nursing and paramedics.


There are many benefits to practices for becoming a placement provider, including:

  • encouraging a culture of learning in nursing practice,
  • improving team development,
  • attracting staff with the right values,
  • enabling your nurses to provide evidence of CPD,
  • receiving funded places for your nurses on supervisor/assessor courses, and
  • receiving support from Oxford Brookes and the Oxfordshire Training Hub.

The NMC’s most recent guidance on standards for student supervision and assessment can be found here.


Interested in becoming an OTH training practice?  Contact us to discuss how you can become involved.

General Practice Nursing course

Oxford Brookes University and Bucks New University offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses for nurses. The OTH is working with local nursing education providers and our GP practices to promote opportunities for nursing students to gain experience in practice nursing and to increase the numbers of nurse mentors in our practices.

The OTH is developing new and innovative roles for nurses locally.

Useful links

Advanced level practice

GPNs who are interested in developing their careers to become Advanced Nurse Practitioners can find out more information below.

Advanced practice is a level of practice, rather than a type or specialty of practice. Advanced practitioners are educated at Masters level in advanced practice and are assessed as competent in practice, using expert knowledge and skills. They have the freedom and authority to act, making autonomous decisions in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of patients.

The RCN has introduced ANP Credentialing which gives formal recognition to nurses working with advanced level expertise and skills.

From January 2021 the RCN will only credential nurses holding a full Masters level degree in Advanced Practice. From January 2017 until December 2020, nurses working at an Advanced Level can still gain the credential following the transitional pathways which demonstrate expertise and Knowledge. At present Advanced Nurse Practitioners should hold the Non-medical prescribing qualification and be NMC registered.

Return to Practice

Has your NMC registration lapsed as a result of a career break, change in circumstance or you have been unable to meet the renewal requirements for revalidation?

Are you thinking of ‘Returning to Practice’?

The NMC (May 2018) states;

The role of the nurse in the 21st century
Registered nurses play a vital role in providing, leading and
coordinating care that is compassionate, evidence-based, and
person-centred. They are accountable for their own actions and
must be able to work autonomously, or as an equal partner with
a range of other professionals, and in interdisciplinary teams.
In order to respond to the impact and demands of professional
nursing practice, they must be emotionally intelligent and resilient
individuals, who are able to manage their own personal health and
wellbeing, and know when and how to access support

Please follow the NMC link here

If you have been a registered nurse previously and wish to return to the profession then you may need to undertake a Return to Practice programme. The programme is essentially a period of updating your skills and knowledge so that you can become re-registered and return to work in nursing.

The courses will take approximately three months to complete, although some people may take longer depending on clinical placement hours required and the length of time out of practice and length of time previously in practice. The courses will also be flexible to fit around existing commitments, such as childcare. Full funding is available for the course subject to availability and meeting the criteria so please enquire.

To find out more about opportunities to return to practice in Thames Valley follow this link

Training and CPD

Our Training Calendar of CPD, education and training events pulls together all training and education sessions available to GPNs in Oxfordshire and provides important information about the event and how to book your place. If you identify an event that is missing please do email us to let us know, so that we can better support the provision of your CPD

GP Nurse Forum

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