Purpose of role/responsibilities:
The Practice Nurse will work as part of the Primary Healthcare team providing personal medical services to the practice patients. This will include chronic disease management, treatments and dressings, immunisations, health screening and health promotion.
- Provide a high quality, safe and supportive environment for patients, meeting their identified physical and psycho-social needs within the scope of individual accountable practice
- Work within Practice guidelines, policies, protocols and procedures reporting outcomes to appropriate clinical staff so standards of care can be monitored and improved where necessary. This includes adhering to the following agendas: infection control, equality and diversity, health and safety
- Maintain effective communication with patients, carers, relatives and members of the multidisciplinary team ensuring information is shared appropriately and confidentially so patient needs are met in accordance with NHS directives and safeguarding policies (DH 2003; DH 2010)
- Protect and maintain patient records to the agreed Practice standard and in accordance with professional record keeping standards (NMC 2009)
- Administer medicines in accordance with a non-medical prescribing framework, patient specific direction or patient group direction in accordance with the standards for medicine management (NMC 2007)
- Organise, manage and prioritise own workload ensuring care of patients is paramount
- Develop the role by using evidence-based practice and continuously improving own knowledge as defined by the NMC and revalidation guidelines.
- Chronic disease management: Respiratory Disease (Asthma/COPD), Diabetes, Coronary Heart Disease – postholder should possess diplomas
- Assist in/perform routine tasks related to patient care as directed by Nurse Manager and GPs
- Wound care / ulcer care / Doppler
- Travel health
- Removal of sutures
- New patient medicals / Urinalysis
- Hypertension management
- Ear syringing
- Routine immunisations / childhood immunisations
- Assisting GPs with minor surgery and coil fittings
- Chaperoning and assisting patients where appropriate who are being examined by another clinician
- Requesting pathology tests, for example urine culture, swabs
- Following agreed clinical protocols with referral to Nurse Manager or GPs as appropriate
- If appropriate, prescribe medicines in accordance with the NMC Standards for Medicines Management (2007), the NMC Code of Professional Standards (2015) and the Nurse Prescribing Implementation Plan (1998).