What is considered to be the very first accelerated program for future general practice nurses is underway in West Yorkshire.
Leeds City College is delivering the course as a fully funded pilot project in partnership with the West Yorkshire Consortium of Colleges (WYCC) and Practicum, a specialist healthcare training company.
“This accelerated pilot was put in place to meet the demand for skills and create opportunities for nurses”
Offered at the college’s Park Lane campus, the six-month Let’s Talk Real Skills program aims to equip newly qualified and more experienced nurses with the skills needed to move into general practice.
The first cohort of 20 nurses just completed their classroom training and began their two-month internships, which are scheduled to end in September, according to the college.
The pilot project aims to accelerate the experience and skills required for general practice nursing over six months, by providing a framework of experience and skills designed by local general practitioners.
It also aims to provide a path to general practice for existing registered nurses to avoid anticipated staff shortages.
In addition, it is hoped that it will support general practitioners by providing a structure for nurses to follow that ensures that the introductory process is cost and time efficient.
The first four weeks of the six-month course cover the basic skills required in general nursing, followed by internships with general practitioners.
The structure “ensures that individuals will leave the program with the foundational skills and experience necessary to ensure an effective transition to the position,” said course officials.
Lee Pryor, director of learning and business engagement at Luminate Education Group, which manages the college, said: âHistorically, nurses had to be qualified for two years before moving into general practitioner practice.
âAs a result, this fast-track pilot project was put in place to meet the demand for skills and create opportunities for nurses,â he said.
“It will not only provide the essential practical skills required from the start, but will also support general practitioner practices as they plan their service delivery in the future,” said Mr Pryor.
He added, âAs the demand for skills increases, we are seeing many qualified nurses heading straight into general practice where they are able to take advantage of the growing opportunities to specialize in a particular area.
âThis partnership, in collaboration with Practicum, general practitioners and healthcare providers, gives us the opportunity to put the right skills and knowledge into the hands of professionals, enabling them to treat and care for patients in the best possible way. possible way.
Michele Bryden, Managing Director at Practicum, said: âThe generalist nursing program is crucial for the long-term support we want to provide to current and new nurses.
âWe want to make sure that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills, so that they can play an increasingly important role in the health of their communities,â she said.
A spokesperson for Luminate said the course team was already preparing to promote sessions for a second cohort, and once the pilot cohort ended, they expected to have funds to subsidize the cost of the second.
To be eligible for the program, nurses must be employed by a qualified small or medium-sized general practice practice in the Leeds City area.
The Let’s Talk Real Skills project receives up to Â£ 7million in funding from the European Social Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural Funds Growth and Investment Program in England.
Created by the European Union, the fund invests in local projects that will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and community regeneration.