Amidst the doom and gloom surrounding the primary care workforce – particularly the ability to recruit enough GPs and practice nurses to facilitate new primary care networks – there are many initiatives around the UK doing their part to improve the influx of new practice nurses.

The latest issue of Nursing in Practice shines a light on a number of these schemes across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Although many are targeting newly-qualified nurses in an attempt to entice them into general practice, some, like our featured example from Northern Ireland, are focusing on upskilling the current nurse workforce.

Continuing the workforce theme, the issue also examines whether trying to target men into the profession can help with the shortfall of nurses. And there are tips for practice nurses on appraisal – what it should cover, and how to ensure you get one each year.