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Written by Gemma Bird, 15/01/2024 

What is the Mid-Career Fellowship Programme? 

The GPN Mid-career fellowship is a pilot programme running between April 2024 and the end of March 2025. The fellowship is open to all registered nurses working within general practice who have been within a practice nurse role for at least two years. 
 
The programme will offer the nurse four hours of paid protected learning time away from clinic each week to undertake work and training linked to a quality improvement project to enhance practice or patient care. This time will be in addition to your substantive role within practice and can be completed at days and times to suit the individual. Although there are some set dates for induction and training, we would like all fellows to attend in the first month of the programme. 
 
The quality improvement projects can be designed to meet the specific needs the individual or practice that nurse has highlighted, or the nurse can be linked to a project already happening in an area of particular interest to the individual. 
 
There are eight fellowships available in total. The programme will offer ongoing support through a facilitator who will support the fellows throughout the programme. There will be specific drop-in sessions each month and the facilitator will offer regular one to ones with the fellow to offer ongoing support as needed. 
 
The beginning of the fellowship also offers several training sessions to equip the nurses on the journey of quality improvement as well as supporting them with individual and professional development through programmes such as the Mazi and Ena programmes. 

Programme / Training offer 

Training Sessions and Events 
Date and Time 
GPN Mid-Career Fellowship Welcome Sessions 
With Gemma Bird, Programme Facilitator 
Wednesday 3 April 2024 
9.30am-11am 
Introduction to Library Services: Basic Literature Searching 
With Sarah Thomas, Primary Care Evidence Support Librarian 
Thursday 5 April 2024 
9.30-10.15am 
Introduction to Research Within Practice 
With Sarah Shelton, NIHR CRN Senior Primary Care Research Nurse 
Thursday 5 April 2024 
11am-12pm 
Quality Improvement for Practice Nurses 
With Nicola Payne 
Thursday 11 April 2024 
1pm-4pm 
Advanced Database Searching 
With Sarah Thomas, Evidence support Librarian 
Thursday 18 April 2024 
9.30am-11am 
Project Management Workshop 
With Sarah Chalmers Page 
Thursday 18 April 2024 
11.30am-1pm 
Effective Communication in Dulti-disciplinary Teams 
With Sarah Chalmers Page 
Thursday 25 April 2024 
9.30am-11am 
Mazi Programme* 
With Nicola Payne 
Times and Dates to be arranged individually 
Ena Programme** 
With Nicola Payne 
Times and Dates to be arranged individually 
Ongoing Facilitator Support 
With Gemma Bird 
Monthly Drop-in sessions- MS teams links will be sent to participants. 
Individual sessions on offer as required by fellows. 
End of project Celebratory Event 
Face to Face event, inviting colleagues from across the system to join us to celebrate the work and achievements undertaken by the fellows. 
Venue and agenda to be confirmed nearer the time. 
Wednesday 26 March 2025  
9.30am-4pm 
 
 
**The delivery of the Ena Programme. This facilitated programme emphasises the power of self-discovery, conflict styles and preferences, and setting personal goals for increased happiness and motivation. Compromising of three two-hour virtual sessions per participant via Zoom with an Enono Associate. 
 
*The face-to-face delivery of the Mazi Programme for up to eight participants. This facilitated programme explores the power of self-discovery, personal triggers, connecting with workplace colleagues and growing healthy workplace cultures. As part of this programme individual Everything DISC workplace assessment profiles. 

Application requirements 

Nurse Application Requirements 
Registered Nurse 
Minimum of two years working within general practice 
Support and sign off from Manager 
Support and Agreement from practice or PCN to undertake some form of quality improvement work, research, or audit as part of the fellowship to enhance patient care. 
Ability to commit 4 hours per week for the duration of the fellowship (12 months). Annual leave included. 
 
Four hours per week will be paid at £22.50 per hour (Band 7 equivalent) for the duration of the fellowship to ensure the GPN has the protected paid learning time to undertake the fellowship successfully. An additional 30% oncosts will also be paid to cover any additional costs from employer towards pension and NI etc. 
 
This will be paid via a memorandum of understanding with the nurses’ current employer. The MOU will be paid in one lump sum at the beginning of the Pilot. 
 
 
Closing Date for Applications: Friday 23 February 2024. 

Project ideas / suggestions 

As part of the fellowship General practice Nurse fellows will be undertaking a quality improvement project linked with their practice. The project can be at practice, PCN or ICS level. Fellows may already have a project in mind which they would be welcome to apply to this fellowship, those without a specific project will be linked in with current and ongoing quality improvement projects to ensure exposure and opportunity to develop professionally is given. We will try our best to link GPN fellows with projects of particular interest to them. As part of the application process, applicants will be asked to choose 3 main areas of professional interest, to support the facilitator link them in with projects of interest. 
 
Areas to choose from are: 
Children and Young People 
Immunisations 
Respiratory Disease 
Diabetes Management 
Staff Wellbeing & retention 
Leadership 
Frailty & ageing well. 
Multi co-morbidities 
Learning Disabilities 
Health inequalities 
Any Others. Please provide details. 

End point celebration event 

An end point celebratory event is to be held on Wednesday 26th March 2025. This event will bring the pilot to a close and give each fellow the opportunity to present their work to colleagues from across Primary Care and the ICB. 
Please contact Gemma Bird gemma.bird5@nhs.net for more information. 
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