Attracting nurses to Lewisham

The CEPN is happy to announce that it can continue to support practices with funding for newly qualified general nurses, or nurses from another domain, who wish to undertake the ‘Introduction to General Practice Nursing’ training at University of Greenwich.

This funding encourages practices to employ a new practice nurse.

£10,000 is available: £5000 for the training, paid directly to University of Greenwich, and £5000 for the practice, paid at the end of the 6 month training. These monies come with the condition that the new nurse is mentored by an existing nurse at the practice. This mentorship is about supporting and assessing competencies: the course is a comprehensive introduction to general practice nursing, but the practice will need to support the trainee to come to full competency.

Lewisham CEPN can help you to find a new nurse if you wish to sign up to this scheme. Indeed, we have one waiting in the wings who is currently a very experienced sister at a coronary care unit in a London hospital. She is  looking to make the transition to practice nursing.

If you are interested in employing this nurse, or in benefiting from this scheme, please contact or

Dedicated mentorship support for the nurse throughout the training period is mandatory, as it is the main requirement for the funding available to the practice.

What will the new nurse be able to provide?

With support from their mentor, the nurse will be able to perform treatment room General Practice Nurse skills: travel and baby immunisations, ear irrigation, NHS Healthchecks, spirometry (not interpretation, however). Cervical screening can be included if surgeries request this training.

Supporting material

Course content for Greenwich University Course content (to follow)

London South Bank University course content (to follow)

HEE DN and GPN Career Framework