Practice nurses are being called on to answer a survey to provide national data about the current state of the workforce.
The survey, created by the Queen's Nursing Institute, (QNI) covers a wide range of issues including how nurses enter general practice nursing, how they are trained to become a practice nurse, how they direct their knowledge and skills as a practice nurse and how they are supported in their career development.
QNI chief executive Crystal Oldman said: 'I think it will give Health Education England and other bodies an idea of the training and education issues that face practice nurses.'
The survey is being distributed online and through social media.
The QNI aims to send the survey to every CCG in England, so they can cascade it down to their practice nurses. Other organisations such as the RCGP, NHS Alliance and the National Association for Primary Care have publicised the survey via social media.
'The survey is a follow up survey to the 2020 Vision: Reassessing the Future of District Nursing. This provided the evidence for our strategy to support district nurses,' said Ms Oldman.
The survey will inform a report on practice nurses which will be launched at the QNI's annual conference in September.
The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TWWNYMM.
The survey follows a survey conducted by the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) Practice Nurse Foundation Group last year.