Our Allied Health Professionals

Midwives

The midwives undertake antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care (up to 28 days following delivery).

The midwife will refer patients, when appropriate, to other healthcare professionals and arrange blood tests and ultrasound scans. They carry out home deliveries and work closely with other midwives, working in the community in this area.

The main role of community midwife is to,

  • Organise and carry out the care of all pregnant women.
  • Refer to obstetric consultant when necessary.
  • Attend home births.
  • Carry out postnatal care of mother and baby.
  • Organise and carry out parentcraft sessions.
  • Liaise with GPs, health visitors, social workers, obstetricians and maternity staff.
  • Sometimes called in to work on Maternity Unit.
  • Work as a team of community midwives and take part in “on call” rota.

As soon as you confirm your pregnancy you can self-refer your pregnancy with the NHS by clicking on Badger Notes – Self-refer your pregnancy to SHIP Maternity Referral

Health Visitors

Health visitors are qualified nurses with a Public Health qualification who specialise in child and family health and wellbeing

Health Visitors work in partnership with you in the community to promote healthy lifestyle choices and health and well-being to all children from late pregnancy until school entry.

Your health visiting team can provide additional support when needed.  You can self-refer for support with:

  • Parenting / adjusting to parenthood
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • Infant feeding / breastfeeding
  • Introducing solid food and feeding issues
  • Healthy eating / healthy weight
  • Home safety
  • Managing minor illnesses
  • Behaviour and sleep management
  • Toilet training
  • Child not developing as expected
  • Complex health needs / disability
  • Getting “ready for school

The first appointment with your Health visitor will be around your 28th week of pregnancy and then between 10 and 14 days after your baby is born.

call your health visitor on 01962 831088 or email: [email protected]


Health Visitors work in partnership with Children’s Centres who offer activities and courses for the under 5s.  Details can be found on the Action for Children website.

See further information about the Health Visitor service, and details about the child health clinics.

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens.

School nursing teams

The School Nursing service works in partnership with children, young people, and their families to ensure that pupil’s health needs are supported within their school and their community. This includes those attending a school within Hampshire and those that are home educated. The school nursing team will attend schools to carry the school age immunisation programme. You will be notified about their attendance to your child’s school via the school.

You can contact the school age immunisation team on [email protected]

Parents and young people can also get support and advice by texting our ChatHealth service on 07507332417

District Nursing

We have access to a team of Community Nurses, employed by Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust. Their work in the community includes looking after those housebound patients who have been recently discharged from hospital, are elderly or infirm and those who are terminally ill.

District Nurses carry out many roles for patients, including:

  • General nursing procedures and investigations
  • Post-surgery care
  • Assessment of patients’ needs
  • Care for terminally ill patients
  • Loaning of equipment
  • Looking after wounds and leg ulcers
  • Educating patients about self-care

To contact the district nursing team about as an existing patient please call  The Hub on  0300 003 0899.

Please contact your GP to check eligibility or ask for a referral 

Pharmacists

Primary Care Pharmacists are highly experienced and are able to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients with medication issues

Primary Care Pharmacists are sometimes offered as an alternative to seeing your GP for Medication reviews. As well as supporting some chronic disease annual reviews such as Diabetes. 

The benefits of the Primary Care Pharmacists

  • Typically will be seen quicker than a GP appointment
  • Faster and longer appointments to review your medication regime particularly following a change/ addition or removal of medication
  • Longer more in-depth appointments (20-30 minutes)

Service eligibility

  • Patients aged 18 or over
  • Medication reviews for conditions such as
    • Diabetes
    • Asthma
    • Heart Failure
    • Cancer
    • Arthritis
    • Pain medication

How do I book in?

Please contact your GP practice as normal and request an appointment from the Receptionist. 

Musculoskeletal First Contact Practitioners (MSK FCP’s)

MSK FCPs are highly experienced advanced physiotherapists and are able to assess, diagnose, treat and manage patients with MSK issues.

MSK FCPs are offered as a better alternative to seeing your GP for MSK conditions. Early specialist assessment with advice has been proven to enhance patient recovery and self-management.

The benefits of the MSK FCPs

  • Typically, will be seen quicker than a GP appointment
  • Faster access to Musculoskeletal care
  • Longer more in-depth appointments (20 minutes not 10)
  • Reduced referrals to other NHS departments (GP into Physio)
  • MSK FCPs have direct referral access to tests such as Xray/ ultrasounds where needed

Service eligibility

  • Patients aged 18 or over.
  • An MSK problem which you are not already under active treatment for
  • MSK conditions such as
    • Soft tissue/Muscle/Tendon/Ligament strains/sprains.
    • Joint pain/injury.
    • Acute flare up of a long-term condition.
    • Back/Neck Pain.
    • Postural Pain/Problems.
    • Osteoarthritis.
    • Minor Trauma (Falls / Sports injuries).

if you have any of the condition below along side you MSK concern please contact you GP urgently

  • Weight loss
  • Previous history of cancer
  • Violent trauma
  • Fever
  • Saddle anaesthesia (loss of sensation of the buttocks, perineum or thighs)
  • Difficulty in micturition (abnormalities with the process of urinating)
  • Progressive neurology
  • Systemic steroid use

How do I book in?

Please contact your GP practice as normal and request an MSK appointment.

Community Paramedic

Our community paramedics are employed by the Winchester city PCN and undertake the Acute home visiting service for St Clements surgery.

Our Paramedics can assess and manage patients presenting with acute illness and those with long-term conditions, referring back to the GP as appropriate.

Mental Health Advanced Clinical Practitioner

Our Mental Health Advanced Clinical Practitioner predominantly supports those with acute and complex presentations in primary care and work with patients to risk assess and signpost as well as review medication and initiate where this has been clinically identified.

They are accessible via GP/Duty referral, and an appointment can be made via this route if deemed suitable.

They are able to assess and refer to other suitable services where this is indicated and are able to provide psychoeducation around self management to support patients in managing independently in the community.

Social prescribers

Social prescribing, sometimes referred to as community referral, is a means to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

Recognising that people’s health is determined primarily by a range of social, economic and environmental factors, social prescribing seeks to address people’s needs in a holistic way. It also aims to support individuals to take greater control of their own health.

Social prescribing schemes can involve a variety of activities which are typically provided by voluntary and community sector organisations. Examples include volunteering, arts activities, group learning, gardening, befriending, cookery, healthy eating advice and a range of sports.

Social prescribing is designed to support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs, and many schemes are focussed on improving mental health and physical well-being. Those who could benefit from social prescribing schemes include people with mild or long-term mental health problems, vulnerable groups, people who are socially isolated, and those who frequently attend either primary or secondary health care.

We offer a Social Prescribing service in conjunction with 2 charities in the area St John’s Winchester Charity & Community First.

Service eligibility

  • Patients aged 18 or over
  • Non clinical consultations

Physical Health and wellbeing coach (exercise referral scheme)

The role of the referral scheme is to support individuals with their exercise goals which in turn can have a huge impact on mental wellbeing and recovery. Offering 1-1 and group sessions at Everyone Active Leisure Centre, Winchester. The 16- week scheme includes ongoing support and includes: Pre-Exercise Health Assessment (PAR-Q, Baseline measurements, goal setting and a personalised programme), regular reviews in person or by phone and an option to attend supervised gym sessions. After the 16 weeks there is an opportunity to remain on the scheme as a graduate and receive ongoing support up to 24 weeks. Referral classes are part of the scheme and can still be accessed as maintenance classes after the scheme finishes as part of an exit route.

To be eligible for the exercise referral scheme you must also have one of the following,

  • Hypertension 
  • Overweight / Obese
  • Type 2 diabetes
  •  High Cholesterol
  •  Family History 
  • Stress
  •  Anxiety
  •  Depression      
  •  Cardiac (phase 4)
  •  Cancer Rehab
  •  Neurological
  •  COPD
  •  Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  •  Joint Pain / Back Pain   

How do I book with the Social Prescribers or Physical Health and Wellbeing coach?

Please contact your GP practice as normal and request a referral

Dieticians

Dietitians work with both healthy and sick people. A registered  dietitian will provide a professional, non-judgmental consultation regarding your diet. They will assess your current diet, take relevant measurements e.g. weight and height and make practical recommendations to you.

Advice will be evidence based or follow best practice guidelines.

Dietitians support and educate patients, their families and carers on therapeutic diets for conditions such as:

  • Malnutrition
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Coeliac disease
  • Food allergies
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Diverticular disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Dietician clinics take place at the surgery and at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital

Please contact your GP to check eligibility or ask for a referral