Practice Nurse Mentor
Lincolnshire Training Hub
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As primary care develops and changes to meet the growing needs of local communities, it is vital that the General Practice Nurse (GPN) and Nursing Associate (NA) workforce also expands and develops. Whilst new GPNs and NAs are recruited to primary care multidisciplinary teams they will require support in developing expertise and capacity to deliver care. It is anticipated that many new GPNs and NAs will increasingly have little or no prior experience in general practice. If newly recruited GPNs and NAs are to be retained in general practice it is especially during their early weeks and months in general practice settings to ensure a level of support that guides skill and expertise development, helps to increase confidence and provides a foundation on which a long and rewarding career can be built.
Career Start is a 1-2year supported programme aiming to embed new and returning nurses or NAs into primary care and improve retention. The programme combines training, support and career development into a rounded package.
Aimed at experienced GPNs with an interest in supporting new to practice and return to practice nurses or NAs within the Career Start programme. This is a portfolio working opportunity with a chance to develop mentoring and training skills, whilst offering newly qualified and return to practice nurses support to embed into the local primary care landscape.
Please note, this role is as on a self-employed basis.
Main duties of the job
What does the role involve?
- Mentoring new to practice GPN or NA fellows- those within the first year of qualification or employment in general practice
- Mentoring return to practice nurses in a GP placement
- Undertaking training organised by Lincolnshire Training Hub (LTH)
- Active participation in peer support and learning, as well as feedback and quality assurance, on a regular basis
- Number of mentees negotiable
What is the commitment required to be a mentor?
- Mentors will be responsible for managing their own time
- Time may vary depending on mentee(s)
- Working in primary care
- Timings are flexible and negotiable between mentor and mentee
- Initial mentor training
How will LTH support?
- Bespoke mentoring and coaching course
- Monthly review sessions where you can debrief, feedback and seek peer support
- WhatsApp group with mentors, where you can seek support and guidance
- Named lead for any concerns or queries that arise
- Opportunity for external coaching and mentoring qualifications
- Hourly rate of pay
Lincolnshire Training Hub (LTH) is focussed on exploring and meeting the educational needs of the multi-disciplinary primary care team. Bringing together organisations, community providers and local authorities. LTH is committed to supporting the workforce, recruitment, retention and developmental needs of Primary Care. We provide educational development opportunities and information to support all members of the healthcare team. We also facilitate student placements for school children, undergraduate students and post graduate learners.
Our multi professional clinical educator team have extensive experience of delivering education and supporting learners in multiple clinical and non-clinical environments. Our non-clinical team support the project management and LTH development ensuring that objectives are met and measured whilst implementing a strong governance structure to feedback and share best practice. LTH supports the work of the Lincolnshire System ICB and works in partnership to lead on projects on behalf of the Lincolnshire system.
This Career Start Programme is a flexible pick and mix support and training package which aims to support an effective and enjoyable transition into general practice. It aligns with Health Education Englands Primary Care and General Practice Nursing Career and Core Capabilities Framework, published in 2022.
The type of support the mentees will require will vary as will their career goals. As a mentor, you will work closely with your nurse within a coaching/mentoring role. How this looks will vary between the nurses you are mentoring.
Mentor Training Requirements
All LTH mentors are expected to attend the LTH arranged mentor training. This training consists of 3 x 2hour sessions. Sessions will be arranged to suit those attending including the option of evenings. Additional courses in leadership and mentoring are available for personal development.
- All LTH mentors should remain in contact with LTH on a regular basis
- All LTH mentors will need to attend initial mentor/coaching training provided by LTH
- Mentorship clinical supervision monthly meetings should be attended whenever possible this is an opportunity to debrief and meet other mentors
- Maintain regular meetings or contact with mentee to aid development throughout the 2 years. Contact is as required by mentee suggested monthly for an hour.
Knowledge and Skills
Applicants must have current UK professional registration. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).