Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner (NMC 2022) (Level 7)



Community Nurse Specialist Practitioners provide health care at an advanced level of practice to people of all ages and communities. They work across different organisations and settings; for example, Primary Care, Social Care, third-sector organisations, hospitals (including mental health), hospices, prisons, schools and other community services.



Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner


Face-to-face, Hybrid

Training Provider

University of Bolton

12 months (53 weeks) or 70 weeks part-time
Most Suitable For
Registered Nurses wanting to develop specialist Knowledge, Skills and Behaviours. This programme is suitable for those wanting to progress to a care management and leadership role at an advancing level. The programme enables the development of skills associated with clinical practice, V300 prescribing, health promotion, evidence based practice and development of professional knowledge and skill associated with the role of the General Practice Nursing Specialist Practitioner. THIS PROGRAMME IS SUBJECT TO NMC VALIDATION WHICH TAKES PLACE IN MAY 2024. ALL DETAILS ON THIS PAGE ARE THEREFORE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Level 7 Community Nurse Specialist Practitioner; General Practice Nursing Post-Graduate Diploma Apprenticeship
Programme Cost


Apprenticeships are paid using employer levy. Levy Paying Employers and Non-Levy Paying Employers, please read our Tuition and Apprenticeship Service Account Guide for more information and instructions.

Additional Funding
For all Employers:
  • If apprentice is under the age of 25, Employer may not have to pay Class 1 Employer National Insurance. Full details and criteria are found here. 
  • For apprenticeships starting between 1 August 2024 - 31 July 2025, employer may be eligible for £1,000 if apprentice is aged 16 - 18 years old, OR aged 19 - 24 years old and has either an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan provided by their local authority and / or has been in the care of their local authority. Full details and criteria are found within the ESFA Funding Rules.
Start Date
September 2024 (subject to validation)
Teaching Delivery
Blended with both face-to-face (Bolton Campus) and online teaching and resources.
Key Learning Requirements
Apprenticeships require learners to achieve specific new knowledge, skills and behaviours (KSBs), which are detailed in the Apprenticeship Standard. These are achieved by;
1) Programme Teaching; This equates to 40% of the apprenticeship. Teaching is delivered via a blended approach of both online learning (30%) and on-campus teaching (70%). Apprentices will complete on average 2 days per week of theory. All learners will be assessed in according to the NMC proficiencies, which will be evidenced in a portfolio. The V300 is included in the programme (the University are designing alternative provision for those who have already completed V300). Throughout the programme, apprentices on the GPN pathway will be learning alongside learners on other professional pathways (such as health visiting, school nursing and district nursing) to build on their knowledge of the integrated workforce. There will be specific General Practice Nursing taught provision provided during the Professional Practice and Compassionate Leadership in General Practice Nursing module which is delivered throughout the programme.
2) Independent study; such as assignment/project research and write up. Apprentices have timetabled days for this. Support is available from module leads, the module teams and the library services.
3) Learning in the workplace; This equates to 60% of the apprenticeship. Apprentices will complete on average 3 days per week in Practice. Learning in the workplace includes shadowing colleagues, completing programme assigned practice based projects/activities, new learning and development whilst completing working duties, reflections with assessor, relevant training sessions. Learners will be allocated a named assessor and have supervisors with the relevant experience, skill and qualification within the work place to support and monitor progression, in line with the NMC SSSA standards for student assessment. In addition the University will allocate an Academic Assessor who will visit the learner in the placement and support the sign off of proficiencies. External placements are not required for this programme, although learners are encouraged to consider some practice learning opportunities outside of their place of work/setting in agreement with their Practice Assessor (if agreed, supervision during this time must be within the SSSA standards where professional boundaries are exceeded). As part of the V300 learning, 90 hours needs to be dedicated to prescribing.
This programme has profession route pathways, the detail in this page relates to the CSP General Practice Nurse route. For module information or for details on other routes please see the university webpage (when available)
This programme does not require external placements to be completed, although varied experiences are beneficial.
Assessed throughout the programme by assignments, observations, evaluations and End Point Assessment.
Key Candidate Entry Requirements
• Employed in a suitable role for the duration of the apprenticeship. This programme can be completed in two ways; part-time over 70 weeks if working 30 hours a week or more, or full-time over 53 weeks if working 37.5 hours a week or more.
• Evidence of English and Maths at GCSE C/4/Functional Skills Level 2/Equivalent or above is required at application stage due to the nature and level of the programme. An initial diagnostic assessment will also be completed by the university at application stage.
• Normally expected to have an Honours Degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, but will consider applications where successful level 6 study within previous 5 years’ can be evidenced.
• For those undertaking the V300, evidence of at least 1 years post registration experience is required.
• Enhanced DBS (within 3 years of course start date).
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) may be considered for relevant prior learning at the same academic level.
Full requirements and details are found on the course webpage/information.
Key Employer Entry Requirements
• Ensure Learner has the support and opportunities to achieve the requirements of the apprenticeship
• Minimum 1 Practice Assessor and 1 Practice Supervisor to support the apprentice. The Assessor will need to have a specialist practitioner (GPN) qualification or significant experience within the field of practice. Plus a suitable assessor for the V300 element.
• Up-to-date Unified Learning Environment (for apprentice’s place/s of work where practical learning is to take place).
Listed as an Approved Provider on HEE and NHS Procurement
TBC - Currently awaiting Higher Procurement award outome from NHS Salisbury Procurement Service
Application Timescale
It takes on average 3 -4 months to complete all application stages for this programme.
If recruiting to this position, additional time will be required for recruitment and advertising stages.
Please find further instructions from the university regarding their application process: audits will be undertaken and agreements made regarding the suitability of the placement area, including supervision and assessment availability. Application process for the programme is jointly managed by the employer and University. Applicants will need to demonstrate they meet the entry requirements and will have a course interview consisting of a panel of university staff, Employer staff and users of the services. The following assessments will be undertaken during the process: written assessment and portfolio grading. Applicants successful at interview will need to provide evidence of L2 qualifications in maths and English and the ability to work at academic level HE7. In addition, for learners wanting to do the V300 prescribing module, a numeracy assessment will be undertaken. Prior to commencing the programme verification is required from the employer that the DBS and occupational health checks have been completed and references (academic and professional) have been obtained.
If recruiting for an apprenticeship position, vacancies for September intakes are usually advertised in March / April of that year, followed by interview in May to allow time for the applications to be processed by the University once the checks have been completed.
Additional Training Hub Support
Primary Care Employees:
• Have access to all resources provided by the L&SCPC Training Hub such as Digital training, Health and Wellbeing support and events.
• Training and Resources; Visit our GPN webpage for more information on Nursing in Primary Care; plus training, support and resources for qualified professionals (some training is available for trainees)
• Clinical CPD opportunities will also be available via Locality Training Hub.
• Audit and Assessor Support: Local GPEFs
• Placement Support: Once on programme, the Placement manager will provide more details and is able to assist with queries.
Information Last Updated

Programme Resources

If you would like to know anything further about the programme itself, please contact: Nyree Kendall, Course Lead on [email protected]

How to Apply

If you would like to discuss or apply for an apprenticeship either for yourself, a member of staff or a vacancy for a new recruit, please complete the appropriate Training Hub Expression of Interest Form from the following options. This allows the apprenticeship team to complete basic pre-checks and to ensure the advice and guidance provided to you is tailored to your service. When relevant, application instructions (including tuition fee and funding instructions) will be sent.

Primary Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Olivia on 07735161775

Social Care Online Expression of Interest Form. If you would like to discuss anything first, please email [email protected] or call Dawn on 07796 060023