Student Nurses

Student Nurse Placements

Are you interested in developing the future general practice nursing workforce?

Traditionally undergraduate nurses have not had access to GP placements and as a consequence, upon graduation have little understanding of the role and the opportunities present.

Barnet CEPN has been working collaboratively with the University of Hertfordshire to develop undergraduate student nurse placements within General Practice and the wider community in Barnet. This includes the development of General Practice Nursing (GPN) mentorship skills and engaging GPs to support placements.

Barnet CEPN is also providing sessions in a university setting for the undergraduate nurses, talking to them about the role of GPN, career progression and opportunities, as well as dispelling many of the myths that have surrounded newly qualified nurses embarking on a career in GPN.

What Nurses and Students say about the scheme

Over the past 9 months, the CEPN has placed 9 undergraduate student nurses in 5 practices. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive from the student nurses, mentors, GPs and Practice managers, with many reporting positive benefits for the whole practice. One practice recruited their student nurse as their new GPN:

“I would highly recommend this kind of placement[…]. This has been a very valuable and rewarding experience for us and her and we have finally successfully recruited a good, tried and tested new practice nurse, having had difficulties trying to do so over the past few attempts”

The student narrative has been quite powerful. One student commented:

“Working with a practice nurse enables you to gain insight into a variety of problems… You learn to work independently but also enable development of skills such as decision-making and management. It is a unique and special role”

Future Plans

We currently have a new cohort of undergraduate nurses starting their general practice placements in the next 3 months, provided by 13 Barnet GP practices, building up a network from the last cohort.

We are also piloting an approval tool, which will streamline the approval process of professional groups accessing training with general practice. Previously, practices would have 3 separate visits to approve the training of GP registrars, student nurses and medical students. However, the new tool requires only 1 visit for all 3 types of learner; practices will be approved as Multi-professional Learning Organisations (MPLOs).

The evaluation of this pilot will be available by the end of 2015 and is supported by UCL Medical School, the PAN London Quality Regulatory Unit and the University of Hertfordshire.


If you or your practice would like to get involved in hosting a student nurse placement, or would like further information, please contact Mandy Claret Please also see the attached FAQ document which may answer your query.


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