PRACTICE NURSE (Maternity Cover)

Gillingham Medical Practice


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Job summary

An exciting maternity cover opportunity has arisen for a Practice Nurse to join our highly respected and friendly practice on a fixed term basis.

Cover is required for 9-12months, with an immediate start. Pay rate is competitive.

Our well-established practice has a committed team and excellent performance against local and national requirements. Gillingham Medical Practice is a two-site PMS practice with six GP Partners, providing high quality primary healthcare to a geographically extensive rural population of over 12,700 patients.

We have a thriving nursing team, working closely with our GPs, nurse practitioners, HCAs, Pharmacist, social prescribing team and allied health professionals, as well as our fantastic administrative support staff. We are a training practice for registrars and medical students.

Main duties of the job

You will need to be a Registered General Nurse, have evidence of continued professional development, work to the NMC Code of Conduct, and ideally have two years post-registration experience. Previous GP Practice nurse experience is an advantage but not essential.

This is a great opportunity for a qualified and enthusiastic nurse for up to 32 hours per week. We offer a competitive salary with access to the NHS Pension Scheme, as well as a commitment to training and development. Normal shifts will not include weekend working.

About us

Gillingham Medical Practice is an equal opportunities employer, and will not discriminate on the grounds of disability, sex, sexual orientation, race, religion or similar belief, or age.

All applications must be made via NHS Jobs, reference. For more information or an informal visit, please contact the Practice Manager or Lead Nurse.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Job summary:

The practice nurse will work as part of the healthcare team at the Practice to provide Personal Medical Services to the patients.

Job responsibilities may include:

Assist in and perform routine tasks related to patient care as directed by senior staff and GPs


Wound care/ ulcer care/ Doppler

Removal of sutures

New Patient Medicals


Travel Clinic


Diabetes Reviews


Hypertension Management

Routine immunisations/ Childhood immunisations

Assisting GPs with minor surgery and coil fittings

Requesting pathology tests, for example urine culture, swabs

Following agreed clinical protocols with referral to senior nurses or GPs as appropriate

Other tasks may include:

Maintaining and cleaning equipment used by the nurses and GPs

Maintaining GP and Nurses rooms, stocking and rotating items as required

Chaperoning and assisting patients who are being examined by another clinician.

Maintain general tidiness and cleanliness of nurses and treatment rooms

Ordering of Health Promotion Literature

Ordering of stock from the District Hospital

Ordering of vaccinations to maintain stock levels

Participation in administrative systems in the Practice

At all times there will be a need to maintain accurate records

A duty to advise senior nurses of potential problems or errors within the range of assigned tasks

Attend and participate in any Practice meetings when required.

On occasion there may be a requirement to undertake home visits

Any other delegated duties appropriate to the post and within the scope of training and qualifications.

Person Specification

Knowledge and Skills


  • Wound care/ removal of sutures and staples
  • ECGs
  • Venepuncture
  • New patient medicals
  • Chaperone procedure
  • Requesting pathology tests and processing the results, advising patients accordingly
  • Hypertension
  • CHD
  • Immunisations (routine, childhood and travel)
  • Womens health (Cervical cytology, contraception etc.)
  • Understands the importance of evidence-based practice
  • Broad knowledge of clinical governance
  • Ability to record accurate clinical notes
  • Ability to work within own scope of practice and to understand when to refer to GPs
  • Knowledge of public health issues in the local area
  • Awareness of issues within the wider health arena
  • Knowledge of health promotion strategies
  • Understands the requirement for PGDs and associated policy
  • Skills
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong IT skills
  • Clear, polite telephone manner
  • Competent in the use of Office and Outlook
  • Effective time management (planning and organising)
  • Ability to work as a team member and autonomously
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Problem-solving and analytical skills
  • Ability to follow clinical policy and procedure
  • Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) check
  • Occupational Health clearance
  • NMC registration


  • Travel medicine
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Spirometry
  • Womens health (Cervical cytology, contraception etc.)
  • Knowledge of public health issues in the local area
  • Awareness of issues within the wider health arena
  • SystmOne user skills
  • Experience with audit and able to lead audit programmes
  • Experience with clinical risk management
  • Flexibility to work outside core office hours



  • Experience of working in a primary care environment


  • Experience of working as a practice nurse or community nurse
  • Experience of chronic disease management



  • Registered Nurse


  • Postgraduate diploma or degree (Primary Care)
  • Asthma diploma
  • COPD diploma

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. For further information please see NHS Careers website (opens in a new window).

Employer details

Employer name

Gillingham Medical Practice


Barn Surgery





Employer's website

For help with your application, contact:

Michelle Smith


Date posted

26 July 2021

Pay scheme





Fixed term


9 months

Working pattern


Reference number


Job locations

Barn Surgery





Marlott Road




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