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Practice Nurse, Greenfields Medical Centre

Closing Date 17-03-2018
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Organisation Greenfields Medical Centre
Location Nottingham
Salary Negotiable



HOURS: 20 hours per week

Job summary:

Responsible for attending to patients who wish to be seen by a health care professional; diagnosing and treating patients presenting with minor illness seeing and advising people in respect of their continuing medical and nursing needs. These patients will have booked appointments at ten-minute intervals. There is a requirement to see extra or emergency patients. The nurse practitioner will need to prioritise and triage the needs of patients accordingly making any necessary referrals for investigations in the appropriate manner. Patients with problems needing a referral to secondary care should be discussed with the registered GP before making such referral.

Job responsibilities:

Diagnosing and treating patients presenting with minor illness

  • Triage and treat patients wishing to see a health care professional making any necessary referrals to other members of the primary health care team
  • Ensure clinical practice is safe and effective and remains within boundaries of competence and to acknowledge limitations.
  • Advise patients on general health care and minor ailments with referral to other members of the primary and secondary health care team as necessary

Providing assessment, screening treatment services and health education advice:

  • Dietary advice
  • Blood pressure checks
  • Urinalysis
  • Health screening
  • Ear syringing
  • Dressings
  • ECG
  • Phlebotomy
  • Routine injections
  • Contraception
  • Minor injuries
  • Routine immunisations and vaccinations
  • Removal of sutures / clips
  • Baby immunisations
  • Assisting with the fitting of IUCD / IUS
  • First registration checks / health surveillance / general health advice
  • Assisting with minor procedures in the treatment room
  • Organise and coordinate the provision of nursing services for the practice to include the delegation of duties to other members of the practice nurse team as appropriate
  • Provide general and specific health screenings to the practice patients (within agreed protocols) with referral to other members of the primary and secondary health care team as necessary

Pathological specimens and investigatory procedures

  • Undertake the collection of pathological specimens including intravenous blood samples, swabs etc. Perform investigatory procedures requested by the GPs

Administration and professional responsibilities

  • Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team
  • Ensure accurate and legible notes of all consultations and treatments are recorded in the patients notes
  • Ensure the clinical computer system is kept up to date with accurate details recorded and amended
  • Ensure appropriate items of service claims are made accurately, reporting any problems to the practice administrator
  • Ensure accurate completion of all necessary documentation associated with patient health care and registration with the practice
  • Ensure collection and maintenance of statistical information required for regular and ad hoc reports and audit
  • Attend and participate in practice meetings as required
  • Restocking and maintenance of clinical areas and consulting rooms

Minor operations

  • Management of the theatre and recovery suite for minor operations including maintenance of equipment and stock, adequate staffing and ensuring appropriate items of service claims are made
  • To assist the doctor to carry out minor operations as required.
  • Report any problems to the practice manager

Supplies and equipment

  • Maintenance of equipment and stock relating to patient care

Training and personal development

  • Training requirements will be monitored by yearly appraisal and will be in accordance with practice requirements. Personal development will be encouraged and supported by the practice. It is the individuals’ responsibility to remain up to date with recent developments.
  • Participate in the education and training of students of all disciplines and the introduction of all members of the practice staff where appropriate
  • Develop and maintain an in house nurse-training programme reporting to the practice manager.
  • Maintain continued education by attendance at courses and study days as deemed useful or necessary for professional development ensuring PREP requirements are met.
  • If it is necessary to expand the role to include additional responsibilities, full training will be given.
  • Develop and maintain a Personal Learning Plan


  • As well as the nursing team there is a need to work closely with reception, office and dispensary staff to ensure the smooth running of the practice, reporting any problems encountered to the relevant person and ensuring every one is aware of the different roles within the nursing team.
  • There is also the need to establish and maintain good liaison with other surgeries and agencies including secondary care


  • It will be necessary to attend and contribute to various practice meetings as requested. The only reason for not attending will be annual, study or sick leave.

Manage, supervise, co-ordinate and guide the nursing team

  • To manage the nursing service in participation with the practice manager ensuring relevant information is disseminated to and from the nursing staff
  • In participation with the practice manager carry out yearly appraisals of all the nursing staff producing a training programme
  • Ensure adequate nursing cover is provided while within the practice guidelines, keeping the practice manager informed of any problems
  • Develop and maintain practice policies and protocols for all nursing activity
  • To be the infection control lead in the practice and ensure all staff are aware of current procedures
  • Plan, chair and minute management and training meetings for all nurses following the training programme.
  • Ensure agreed practice audits are carried out
  • Ensure the practice manager informed of any matters arising or problems / potential problems
  • Ensure all surgery produced nursing leaflets are kept up to date
  • Produce a 6 monthly nursing newsletter for patients


  • 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 implement and lead on a full range of promotion and management their own and others’ health and safety and infection control as defined in the practice Health & Safety policy, the practice Health & Safety manual, and the practice Infection Control policy and published procedures. This will include (but will not be limited to):

  • Using personal security systems within the workplace according to practice guidelines
  • Awareness of national standards of infection control and cleanliness and regulatory / contractual / professional requirements, and good practice guidelines
  • Responsible for the correct and safe management of the specimens process including collection, labelling, handling, use of correct and clean containers, storage and transport arrangements
  • Management and maintenance of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the practice including provision, ordering, availability and ongoing correct usage by staff
  • Responsible for hand hygiene across the practice
  • Ownership of infection control and clinically based patient care protocols, and implementation of those protocols across the practice
  • Active observation of current working practices across the practice in relation to infection control, cleanliness and related activities, ensuring that procedures are followed and weaknesses / training needs are identified, escalating issues as appropriate
  • Identifying the risks involved in work activities and undertaking such activities in a way that manages those risks across clinical and patient process
  • Making effective use of training to update knowledge and skills, and initiate and manage the training of others across the full range of infection control and patient processes
  • Monitoring practice facilities and equipment in relation to infection control, ensuring that provision of hand cleansing facilities, wipes etc are sufficient to ensure a good clinical working environment. Lack of facilities to be escalated as appropriate.
  • Safe management of sharps procedures including training, use, storage and disposal
  • Using appropriate infection control procedures, maintaining work areas in a tidy, clean and sterile, and safe way, free from hazards. Initiation of remedial / corrective action where needed or escalation to responsible management
  • Actively identifying, reporting, and correction of health and safety hazards and infection hazards immediately when recognised
  • Keeping own work areas and general / patient areas generally clean, sterile, identifying issues and hazards / risks in relation to other work areas within the business, and assuming responsibility in the maintenance of general standards of cleanliness across the business in consultation (where appropriate) with other sector managers
  • Undertaking periodic infection control training (minimum twice annually)
  • Routine management of own team / team areas, and maintenance of work space standards
  • Waste management including collection, handling, segregation, container management, storage and collection
  • Spillage control procedures, management and training
  • Decontamination control procedures, management and training, and equipment maintenance
  • Maintenance of sterile environments

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 people’s 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


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 team’s 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 people’s 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