General Practice is particularly suited to supporting the development of nursing students due to the wide range of learning opportunities.

If you are a practice that trains medical students or doctors to become GPs, then you will already have developed your own ideas about how to structure a learner’s working week. Student nurses benefit from a similar range of learning opportunities are known to improve practice and care delivery.


All students are encouraged to spend time with the entire multi-disciplinary team: including: GPs, Physician Associates, Healthcare Assistants, Paramedics, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and, of course, Practice Nurses.

A student nurse may be in their first year or their final year and it is important providers can facilitate both ends of the spectrum. For 1st and 2nd years students, they will mostly observe and assist their supervisor and multidisciplinary colleagues when appropriate. 

Depending on their level of experience, and under supervision, students’ can run their own clinics, such as: over 75’s, carers and NHS Health Checks just to name a few. They can also perform ECGs.

As a student may be in their first year or in their final year when they experience a placement with you, it is important the practice can facilitate both ends of the spectrum.

Supervision and assessment

As of 1st September 2019, students will be assigned both a supervisor and assessor whilst out on placement as part of the New .

All NMC registered nurses, midwives and nursing associates are capable of supervising students, serving as role models for safe and effective practice. Students may be supervised by other registered health and social care professionals.

Practice Assessors are any NMC registered nurse that previously held the ENB 998 or MSLAP qualification and have attended specific mentorship updates   

Practice assessors are not simultaneously the practice supervisor.

Student assessments are evidence based, robust and objective.
Assessments and confirmation of proficiency are based on an
understanding of student achievements across theory and

length of placement

A typical placement for an undergraduate nurse is around 8 weeks but can range from anything from 5 to 12 weeks.


The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is the professional body for the paramedic profession in the UK as well as the regulating body. 

Universities are the statutory bodies responsible for delivering and awarding higher education qualifications. 


My student had a positive experience within the surgery setting because it highlighted a different view on nursing and the skills General Practice Nurses possess. Students do not always experiecne this within secondary care. As an employer, it can also help identify the dynamic nurses of the future helping to bridge some of the gaps we face.
Samantha Lear
Nurse Assessor
I gain a great deal of satisfaction from ensuring students have the most up to date knowledge and clinical skills to assure that they are competent practitioners upon qualification. Not only am I able to impart my knowledge to them but their questioning within practice encourages me to also further my own knowledge within areas that I may be lacking
Zelda Calland
Nurse Assessor