Essex EQUIP is launching a Practice Nurse Essential Skills course for nurses that are new to general practice.

This course is accredited by the CPD Certification Service.

Practice nursing attracts nurses from a wide variety of backgrounds and whilst these nurses have many transferable skills practice nursing requires a unique skill set that is not easily obtained elsewhere.

This course aims to standardise the introduction to the role of general practice nurse whilst providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to work effectively as general practice nurses. In recognition of the fact that the role of practice nurse is varied, the course covers the fundamental skills and competencies that most practices require.

The course consists of 8 face to face study days, self-directed learning and supervised practice under the guidance of a nurse mentor in practice. Course assessment is via completion of a competency assessment and a reflective case study.

Course content:

  • The role of the practice nurse and the general practice team
  • The Quality and Outcomes Framework
  • Consultation skills
  • Behaviour modification and health education
  • Health checks
  • Childhood and adult immunisations
  • Cervical cytology
  • Wound care
  • An overview of long term condition management
  • An overview of family planning


Travelling to Essex Equip By Car:

There is NO parking at the venue, but the public pay and display car park can be found on Newland Drive (CM8 2AP) about 300 yards away.  £6 for the whole day or for further tariff, please see Braintree Council Website

From the car park walk back to Collingwood Rd and then back up to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights turn left onto Newland St. (The George PH is on the corner) carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Dorothy L Sayers Statue and the Job Centre. Our entrance just at the rear of the Job Centre.

By Train

It is a 7 min walk from Witham Railway Station, head towards the town, turn left at THE AVENUE, continue walking down The Avenue to the junction with Newland Street, then turn right, carry on walking until you reach the zebra crossing (outside the Public Library), cross the road and head towards the Job Centre. Our entrance is just at the rear of the Job Centre.

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Cancellations with a full refund will be accepted up to and including 15 days prior to the event.  Any refund request for places cancelled after this date will not be refunded.