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Job Description Practice Nurse

Role Summary-Job Description Practice Nurse

To provide and maintain an extremely high standard of nursing care for patients across GP surgeries as well as providing nursing assistance to the doctors and other members of the primary healthcare team.

The duties will include all tasks normally undertaken and in addition any roles agreed between the nurse and the doctors as appropriate, having regard to current training. Take responsibility for chronic disease registers including QOF and QOEST and work with admin staff to maintain robust call and recall systems for chronic disease, cervical cytology, immunisation and other populations based health promotion and disease prevention care programmes, escalating where necessary patients who need intervention from a GP to ensure a review as appropriate, constructing care pathways where patients receive appropriate investigations and reviews by an appropriate clinician at the appropriate time interval.

Main responsibilities-Job Description Practice Nurse


Offer a holistic approach to travel health by providing comprehensive advice to patients prior to travel including; vaccinations and medicines, safe sex, food hygiene, sun protection.

Offer advice about childhood and adult vaccinations and ensure vaccines are administered under patient group directions.

Running well person clinics and health promotion programmes by providing a holistic assessment and lifestyle advice on diet, smoking, alcohol intake and exercise. Facilitates change.

Assessing problems presented opportunistically by patients.

Able to document Consultations according to NMC guidelines

To lead and support all staff in managing chronic diseases and achieving QOF and QOEST targets.

Ensures awareness of statutory and local clinical protection procedures, including systems of referral. Ability to recognise signs and symptoms of child abuse.

Perform a holistic assessment of patients attending for cervical cytology smear tests.

Perform venepuncture according to local guidelines

Provide a holistic approach to wound management and implement wound care in line with current evidence-based guidelines.

Suture removal.

Take ECGs

Able to recognize and manage anaphylaxis according to current UK guidelines.

Able to perform Cardio-pulmonary resuscitation according to current UK guidelines.

Assist in the provision of minor surgery.

Ability to obtain and document informed consent (either verbal or written).

Ensure infection control guidelines are maintained.

Ability to monitor and manage maintenance of stock and equipment to include refrigeration, sterilizer and emergency equipment.

Confidentially of information gained at work must be preserved at all times.

Able to work on both surgery sites.


  • Contribute to the assessment of service needs.

  • Assist patients to identify their health needs.

  • Contribute a nursing perspective to the Practice development plan.

  • Manage and organise individual patient consultations.

  • Aware of identification and reporting procedures related to professional standards.

  • To attend staff meetings.

  • Ensure effective relationships and communications with the PHCT and other agencies.

  • Support the Practice clinical governance agenda.

  • Identify changes to clinical practice that are required to implement evidence-based guidelines.


  • Identify personal development and training needs in conjunction with the manager.

  • Participate in clinical supervision.

  • Support others with their training and development needs.

  • To participate in continuing education and maintain a contemporary level of professional knowledge and skills.


  • Maintain good industrial relations.

  • Take reasonable care of his/her own safety and that of other persons who may be affected by his/her act or omission.

  • Co-operation with the Practice to ensure all members of the team adheres to statutory regulations/policies and codes of practice and departments safety rules.

  • Offer innovative ways of working and opportunities to facilitate learning.

  • Facilitates a learning environment within the team.

  • Maintains a caring environment through the support of colleagues.


In the course of seeking treatment, patients entrust us with, or allow us to gather, sensitive information in relation to their health and other matters. They do so in confidence and have the right to expect that staff will respect their privacy and act appropriately.

In the performance of the duties outlined in this Job Description, the post-holder may have access to confidential information relating to patients and their carers, Practice staff and other healthcare workers. They may also have access to information relating to the Practice as a business organisation. All such information from any source is to be regarded as strictly confidential.

Information relating to patients, carers, colleagues, other healthcare workers or the business of the Practice may only be divulged to authorised persons in accordance with the Practice policies and procedures relating to confidentiality and the protection of personal and sensitive data

Health & Safety:

The post-holder will assist in promoting and maintaining their own and others health, safety and security as defined in the Practice Health & Safety Policy, to include:

  • Using personal security systems within the workplace according to Practice guidelines

  • Identifying the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks

  • Making effective use of training to update knowledge and skills

  • Using appropriate infection control procedures, maintaining work areas in a tidy and safe way and free from hazards

  • Reporting potential risks identified

Equality and Diversity:

The post-holder will support the equality, diversity and rights of patients, carers and colleagues, to include:

  • Acting in a way that recognizes the importance of peoples rights, interpreting them in a way that is consistent with Practice procedures and policies, and current legislation

  • Respecting the privacy, dignity, needs and beliefs of patients, carers and colleagues

  • Behaving in a manner which is welcoming to and of the individual, is non-judgmental and respects their circumstances, feelings priorities and rights.

Personal/Professional Development:

The post-holder will participate in any training programme implemented by the Practice as part of this employment, such training to include:

  • Participation in an annual individual performance review, including taking responsibility for maintaining a record of own personal and/or professional development

  • Taking responsibility for own development, learning and performance and demonstrating skills and activities to others who are undertaking similar work

Infection Control Lead Duties:

Please refer to Infection Control Policy for duties.


The post-holder will strive to maintain quality within the Practice, and will:

  • Alert other team members to issues of quality and risk

  • Assess own performance and take accountability for own actions, either directly or under supervision

  • Contribute to the effectiveness of the team by reflecting on own and team activities and making suggestions on ways to improve and enhance the teams performance

  • Work effectively with individuals in other agencies to meet patients needs

  • Effectively manage own time, workload and resources


The post-holder should recognize the importance of effective communication within the team and will strive to:

Communicate effectively with other team members

Communicate effectively with patients and carers

Recognize peoples needs for alternative methods of communication and respond accordingly

Contribution to the Implementation of Services:

The post-holder will:

  • Apply Practice policies, standards and guidance

  • Discuss with other members of the team how the policies, standards and guidelines will affect own work

  • Participate in audit where appropriate

Knowledge Skills Experience Education-Job Description Practice Nurse

Qualifications Essential

  • Registered General Nurse

  • A demonstrable commitment to professional development

  • Competency in basic nursing duties required for the post

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Willingness to contribute to multi-professional working

  • Ability to work well autonomously and within a team

  • Experience of working in accordance with the NMC Code of Professional Conduct (2002) and The Scope of Professional Practice (1992)

  • Experience of dealing with the public/patients

  • Able to demonstrate enthusiasm to develop nursing skills

  • An understanding, acceptance and adherence to the need for strict confidentiality

  • Ability to use own judgement, resourcefulness and common sense

  • Ability to work without direct supervision and determine own

  • workload priorities

  • Ability to work as part of an integrated multi-skilled team

  • Pleasant and articulate

  • Able to work under pressure and in a changing environment

  • Able to use own initiative

  • Full registration with NMC

  • Flexibility to work Extended Hours

  • A commitment to ensure all Health and Safety requirements and Infection Control measures are met, as defined by national

  • standards and the Practice Health & Safety Policy/Manual and the Practice Infection Control policy and procedures


  • Knowledge and understanding of the range of primary care and community services

  • Experience of Primary Care

  • Specific nursing skills/qualifications relevant to the post, including phlebotomy, urinalysis, cervical cytology, wound care, childhood immunisations, travel clinic and smoking cessation

  • Experience of QOF and chronic disease management (such as Diabetes, CHD, Asthma etc)

  • Knowledge of IT clinical systems (EMIS Web)

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software

  • Commitment to professional development & peer

  • group learning

  • Family Planning qualification (or willing to work towards)

  • Car driver/clean licence

  • An interest in teaching/mentoring

  • Flexibility of working hours/ability to work at the

  • desired times

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions. UK Registration Applicants must have current UK professional registration.

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