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PN course awarded RCGP accreditation

A practice nurse-focused course at Plymouth University has become the first to be accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

The Foundations of General Practice Nursing course aims to prepare nurses “to safely perform the core clinical competencies required to fulfill the role in a general practice”.

Fiona Cook, a Lecturer in general practice nursing from Plymouth University's School of Nursing and Midwifery, is “hopeful” the RCGP accreditation will lead to “high-quality, competence-focused” education becoming “the norm, rather than the exception” for practice nurses.

“The RCGP is committed to the professional development of the whole general practice team,” said Dr Clare Gerada, Chair of the RCGP.

“Nurses are an important part of that, and play a vital role in providing patients with high quality care in GP surgeries across the country.

“Programmes like this, which are accredited by the RCGP, are developed with GPs specifically for healthcare professionals working in general practice and have shown that they meet the college's quality criteria.”

The RCGP's accreditation is said to serve to formally acknowledge the course's impact, while also highlighting the importance of nursing education to the general practice community.

Question: Do you agree 'high-quality' PN-specific university education is the exception, rather than the norm?