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Practice Nurse Curriculum - a framework for practice nurse learning

The Practice Nurse Curriculum comprises a collection of educational modules aligned with the competencies set out in the RCGP's General Practice Nurse competence framework. It covers the wide-ranging core skills and knowledge that a nurse needs in general practice, from entry level - first general practice post - to advanced practitioner level.

The Curriculum is designed as a self-assessment tool to help the practice nurse to:

  • Identify their current level of knowledge
  • Identify areas for further development, study or refreshment
  • Prepare for annual appraisal
  • Provide evidence of progression, competence* and/or continuing professional development

Each module includes selected articles, either specifically commissioned or from the Practice Nurse archive, together with 15 case-based, clinically rich MCQs for self-assessment.

  • Level 1 questions - Entry level: basic skills and knowledge required for nurses new to general practice/minimal involvement
  • Level 2 questions - Intermediate level: more experienced practice nurses/medium involvement
  • Level 3 questions - Advanced level: experienced practice nurses/maximum involvement

Modules also include further sources of information, activities (exercises) and suggestions for reflection/implementation into the nurse's practice. Where applicable, a summary of relevant guidance is also included.

In addition, each section of the Curriculum includes a needs assessment test to help the practitioner identify any gaps in their knowledge and skills.


*The NMC defines competence as 'the skills and ability to practise safely and effectively without the need for supervision'. The Practice Nurse Curriculum provides a resource to acquire theoretical knowledge to complement practical skills and experience gained under supervision.