Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Nurse Practitioners are senior nurses with general nursing training who have then undergone further academic and clinical training to develop their skills and knowledge. They provide a nursing service that incorporates some of the aspects of care that was previously provided by a doctor. During the consultation the nurse practitioner will ask about your problem, perform an examination and offer advice and information and, if necessary give a prescription. On some occasions they may ask you refer you to either a GP or secondary care for further assessment or treatment.
Practice Nurses are fully trained in a wide range of skills including immunisations, health promotion, contraception and management of long-term conditions e.g. advice on diet and lifestyle choices, coronary heart disease, hypertension, asthma, diabetes, smoking cessation and obesity. Practice Nurses can extend their skills at Diploma Level and see many patients who previously would have seen the Doctor.
The Nursing Team run various Nurse-led clinics for diabetes, asthma, coronary heart disease and COPD as well as providing general nursing services, dressings, removal of sutures and blood tests.
Healthcare Assistants (including Phlebotomy)
Healthcare Assistants are non-registered Nursing staff who assist in patient care and Practice related duties, as directed by and under the supervision of a Registered Healthcare Professional (including Lead Practice Nurse, Practice Manager and GPs). Healthcare Assistants work collaboratively with the General Practice Team to meet the needs of patients, and provide essential task-orientated services like taking blood samples (phlebotomy), processing specimens, sometimes performing ECGs (to measure heart function) and spirometry (to measure lung function). They play a crucial role in supporting the Clinical Team.