Community Practice Teacher Standards focus group meetings
1 March 2022
As part of the development of the Practice Teacher Standards, we are holding several focus group sessions to offer an opportunity to contribute to the development of these standards.
Sessions are running over several days and will be taking place on the following dates:
- Northern Ireland: Wednesday 23 February 2022 – 10.00-11.30am
- Wales: Wednesday 23 February 2022 – 2.00-3.30pm
- England: Tuesday 1 March 2022 – 10.00-11.30am or 2.00-3.30pm
We are very grateful for your support and commitment to ensuring best practice and look forward to meeting with you at the focus group meetings.
Since the withdrawal of NMC Community Nursing Practice Teacher Standards, the Practice Teacher qualification has ceased to be offered by many Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the United Kingdom.
The QNI has received significant feedback from healthcare provider organisations that they urgently require a replacement qualification in order to support learning and practice in the community setting. The QNI therefore intends to publish new Practice Teacher Standards in 2022 to support any HEI in the UK that wishes to develop a new programme.
The development of the standards is managed part-time by Angie Hack who has wide experience of community and primary care nursing and as a senior academic. The progress of the project to date comprises a literature review, surveys with practitioners, academics, students undertaking the SPQ or SCHPN programme and employers across the UK, Workshops with key community nursing organisations. In addition to the development of an interest group of expertise across all Specialist Practitioner fields of practice (District Nurses, General Practice Nurses, Community Learning Disability Nurses, Community Children’s Nurses and Mental Health Nurses) and all Specialist Community Public Health Nurses (SCPHN) (including Health Visitors, School Nurses and Occupational Health Nurses) across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Whilst we recognise these are unprecedented times in particular for Community nursing colleagues, we feel it is vital that the project includes the perspectives of Community Practice Teachers, educators, RNs undertaking the SPQ /SCPHN programme, employers and university programme leads, in addition to reporting to the standards advisory group.