Practice nurses are fully trained in a wide range of skills including immunisations, health promotion, contraception, and management of long-term conditions eg advises on diet and lifestyle choices, on 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, COPD as well as providing general nursing services, dressings, removal of sutures and blood tests.
Health Care Assistants (Including Phlebotomy)
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 the GPs). Healthcare support workers 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, performing ECGs (to measure heart function), spirometry (to measure lung function). They play a crucial role in supporting the clinical team.