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Induction template to aid new nurses joining primary care

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NHS England, in collaboration with the Queen’s Nursing Institute, has launched a new induction template for practice nursing to make primary care a more attractive option for newly qualifieds.

The induction template forms part of the promises set out in the General Practice Nursing Ten Point Plan, which was launched by NHS England in 2017 and supported by £15m over three years.

It is specifically designed to enable employers to ensure that nurses in a first career destination role in general practice are well supported when taking their first career step in primary care.

Those behind the template said it may also be beneficial to nurses who require induction, having recently moved from a hospital or other community environment into primary care for the first time.

It aims to assist with good practice around induction and orientation, by developing a bespoke checklist with common “national” elements that can be adapted to suit local areas, they said.

In addition, it is anticipated that the template will be useful to those nurses who may have been working in primary care for some time, but who would like to be updated on their knowledge.

“This most certainly will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary care setting”

Sharon Aldridge-Bent

Meanwhile, it is hoped the resource may also be useful to nursing associates, healthcare assistants and student nurses preparing for a primary care placement.

The template was drawn up by Sharon Aldridge-Bent, a Queen’s nurse and experienced nursing mentor and educator.

She said: “Developing this template highlighted the urgent need for a comprehensive induction and orientation programme for all nurses new to general practice.

“This most certainly will assist with recruitment and retention of nurses in the primary care setting,” she added.

Paul Vaughan, head of Nursing Now England and responsible for the delivery of the 10-point plan, said: “This new resource will enable employers to ensure they provide nurses new to general practice with a really good experience of working in the sector and ensure they have a great start to their long and exciting career working general practice.”

The resource, underpinned by the 10-point plan contributes towards the overall strategic goals outlined in the General Practice Five Year Forward View, he noted.

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