General Practice Nursing at Staffordshire University's Careers Fair

Staffordshire University recently held a careers fair at the Telford International Centre for its pre-registration Nursing students.

The event was attended by many different health care organisations across both public and independent sectors, all promoting careers within their organisations.  This is the first year that General Practice Nursing has had its own stand to specifically promote nursing careers in Primary Care.  Lisa Guildford and Selina Bernard attended in their role as Primary Care Nurse Facilitators speaking to students at their stand about careers in General Practice, recruitment opportunities and support in their first year of practice through Health Education England West Midland’s (HEEWM) tailored training programme.

Shropdoc’s Sara Edwards, Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) Project Manager, said ‘It is really important to promote the career pathway that General Practice Nursing can offer as not many nursing students get exposure to General Practice and therefore don’t have an understanding of how diverse the role is.  With the support of the Nurse Facilitators we now have many more GP Practices offering student nurse placements and many more students wanting primary care experience as a result of promotion at careers events, placements and talks at the universities.  This is so important in the light of Practice Nurse shortages and building up the future supply of General Practice Nurses for Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.’     

The Primary Care Nurse Facilitator roles are funded by HEEWM, Shropshire CCG and Telford & Wrekin CCG and support strategies to build a sustainable workforce locally to deliver quality patient care.

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