Nurse/Paramedic Practitioner

Portsdown Group Practice

The closing date is 05 December 2021

Job summary

Due to expansion and pressures on our same day emergency and workload an opportunity has arisen for an enterprising Nurse/Paramedic Practitioner to join our clinical team at an exciting time for the Practice. Our Model of Care will see you working alongside a multi-disciplinary team of experienced GPs, Nurse Practitioners, Paramedic Practitioners, Clinical Pharmacists and Physician Associates. Your role will be varied and wide-ranging, including telephone triage, face to face same-day consultations and home visits, supported by an experienced team of dedicated clinicians. Opportunities are available for specialist interest clinics in a variety of areas, training can be provided.

Portsdown Group Practice is financially secure and already registered as a Primary Care Network in its own right. The partnership invests heavily in an active training programme which, for clinicians, includes prescribing, history taking and more specialised training. Staff are highly valued. Pay is reviewed annually and success is rewarded regularly through weekly vouchers, QOF rewards, Christmas party and other staff days out, Private Health Insurance and ‘Birthday Holidays’, all funded by the partnership.

Main duties of the job

A Nurse/Paramedic Practitioner at Portsdown Group Practice will be an experienced practitioner who, acting within their professional boundaries, will provide care for patients presenting at the practice from initial history taking, clinical assessment, diagnosis, treatment and evaluation of care. They will demonstrate safe, clinical decision-making and expert care, including assessment and diagnostic skills, for patients within the general practice.

The post holder will demonstrate critical thinking in the clinical decision-making process.

They will work collaboratively with the general practice team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures, and providing leadership as required.

About us

Portsdown Group Practice covers the whole of Portsmouth from postcode PO1 to PO7.

The Practice operates out of 6 surgeries: Cosham Park House (PO6 3BG), Crookhorn Lane (PO7 5XP), Heyward Road (PO4 0DY), Kingston Crescent (PO2 8AL), Paulsgrove (PO6 4HJ) and Somerstown (PO5 4EZ).

We are our own Primary Care Network (PCN) with a list size of approximately 58,713 patients. We have a team of Clinical Partners, Salaried GPs and a comprehensive Nursing team overseen by our Clinical Team Manager and consisting of Nurse / Paramedic Practitioners, Registered Nurses, and HCAs. The nursing team offers related wide range of services from chronic disease management to dressings and phlebotomy.

The Practice is well established, financially secure and successful. Over the last few years we have earned maximum QOF points.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Title: Nurse/Paramedic Practitioner

Responsible To: Clinical Team Manager

Duties & Responsibilities of the Post:

· To deliver a high standard of patient care as a Nurse/Paramedic Practitioner (NP/PP) in general practice, using advanced autonomous clinical skills, and a broad and in-depth theoretical knowledge base.

· To manage a clinical caseload, dealing with presenting patient’s needs in a primary care setting.

· Provide the choice of direct access to a NP/PP, both in the Surgery and over the telephone, for general practice population.

· Make professionally autonomous decisions for which he / she is accountable.

· Provide a first point of contact within the Practice for patients presenting with undifferentiated, undiagnosed problems, making use of skills in history taking, physical examination, problem-solving and clinical decision-making, to establish a diagnosis and management plan.

· Instigate necessary invasive and non-invasive diagnostic tests or investigations and interpret findings / reports.

· Provide safe, evidence-based, cost-effective, individualised patient care.

· Offer a holistic service to patients and their families, developing where appropriate an on-going plan of care / support, with an emphasis on prevention and self-care.

· Promote health and well-being through the use of health promotion, health education, screening and therapeutic communication skills.

· Refer patients directly to other services / agencies as appropriate.

· Work with nursing, medical and health care assistant colleagues to ensure that National Service Frameworks (e.g. Coronary Heart Disease / Older People / Diabetes / Mental Health) are being delivered.

· Work with multi-disciplinary team within the Practice.

· Contribute to the practice achieving its quality targets to sustain the high standards of patient care and service delivery.

· Participate in identification of community health needs and develop patient / family-centred strategies to address them.

· Help develop and set up new patient services and participate in initiatives to improve existing patient services.


· Promote a learning environment for patients, nurses and other health professionals.

· Contribute to the planning and implementation of the teaching for existing staff, such as medical students, NP students, GP registrars and Health Care Assistants, within the Surgery.


· Promote evidence-based practice through the use of the latest research-based guidelines and the development of practice-based research.

· Monitor the effectiveness of their own clinical practice through the quality assurance strategies such as the use of audit and peer review.

· Maintain their professional registration.

· Participate in continuing professional development opportunities to ensure that up-to-date evidence-based knowledge and competence in all aspects of the role is maintained.

· Work within the latest NMC/HCPC Code of Professional Conduct.

· Record accurate consultation data in patients records in accordance with the latest NMC/HCPC guidance and other pertinent standards.

· Keep up to date with pertinent health-related policy and work with the practice team to consider the impact and strategies for implementation.

· Work collaboratively with colleagues within and external to the Surgeries.

· Demonstrate leadership.

· Pro-actively promote the role of the NP/PP within the Surgeries, and externally to key stakeholders and agencies.


· Act as an advisor to other members of the Primary Healthcare team.

· Encourage and develop teamwork within the Practice.

· Participate in multi-disciplinary protocol and Patient Group Directions development.

· Help the Practice operate in a cost-effective manner.

· Identify and manage nursing care risks on a continuing basis.

· Participate in audits and inspections as appropriate.

· Ensure that all Practice Policies’ are fully implemented.

· Work closely with the doctors and administrative managers in the setting up and / or improving systems for monitoring / measuring performance against Clinical Governance and Quality Indicator targets.

· Participate in Practice clinical meetings and Practice management meetings, reporting progress as required.


· All aspects of antenatal/obstetric care.


· The post-holder must comply at all times with the Practice Health and Safety policies, in particular by following agreed safe working procedures and reporting incidents using the organisations Incident Reporting System.

· The post-holder will comply with the Data Protection Act (1984) and the Access to Health records Act (1990).


· The post-holder must co-operate with all policies and procedures designed to ensure equality of employment. Co-workers, patients and visitors must be treated equally irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion etc.


· The post-holder should respect patient confidentiality at all times and not divulge patient information unless sanctioned by the requirements of the role.


· The post-holder is required to travel independently (where applicable) between Surgeries, and also to attend meetings.

· The post-holder will have contact with body fluids i.e., wound exudates; urine etc. while in clinical practice.


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, the practice Health & Safety manual, and the practice Infection Control policy and published procedures. This will 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.

· Actively reporting of health and safety hazards and infection hazards immediately when recognised.

· Keeping own work areas and general / patient areas generally clean, assisting in the maintenance of general standards of cleanliness consistent with the scope of the job role.

· Undertaking period infection control training (minimum annually).

· Reporting potential risks identified.

· Demonstrate due regard for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the children.


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

· Participation in an annual staff performance review.

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

Any other delegated duties considered appropriate to the post.

This job description is not intended to be exhaustive, but to indicate the main areas of responsibility. It may be changed after consultation with the post holder. The employee shares with the employer, the responsibility for review and modification of duties. Suggestions and discussions are welcome.

Policies and Procedures - the duties and responsibilities of the post will be undertaken in accordance with the policies, procedures and practices of the Practice, which may be amended from time to time. You are required to be flexible and the practice reserves the right to alter such fixed hours as may be considered necessary to ensure the surgery runs smoothly.

Person Specification



  • Management of minor illness, ailments and injuries
  • Advanced Physical assessment course


  • Nurse / Paramedic Prescribing qualification
  • Nurse/Paramedic led triage including telephone triage



  • Previous post registration experience
  • Evidence of appropriate continuing professional activity to maintain up to date knowledge and ongoing competence in all aspects of the NP/PP role
  • Evidence of working autonomously and as part of a team
  • Proven ability to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of their own clinical practice
  • Minimum 5 years post registration work experience


  • Interpreting and implementing local and national policy agendas for health
  • Experience in managing long term conditions i.e. asthma, COPD, diabetes, CHD
  • Management of patients with complex needs
  • Primary Care and / or Community Experience



  • Understanding of accountability arising from the NMC/HCPC Code
  • Understanding of the health needs of the Practice population as they relate to care.
  • Understanding of evidence based practice
  • Knowledge of national standards that inform practice
  • Understanding of equal opportunity and diversity issues


  • Understanding and knowledge of policy developments related to the delivery of primary care services including General Practice, The APMS contract, clinical governance and QoF



  • Ability to assess and manage patient risk effectively and safely
  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft applications
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Reflective practitioner
  • Time management and ability to prioritise workload
  • Able to analyse data and information, drawing out implications for the individual patient / impact on care plan
  • Able to establish and maintain effective communication pathways.


  • Experience of use of medical software packages
  • Proven record of effective use of networking and influencing skills
  • Ability to think strategically

Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information visit the UK Visas and Immigration website (Opens in a new tab).

From 6 April 2017, skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement. Guidance can be found here Criminal records checks for overseas applicants (Opens in a new tab).

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

Portsdown Group Practice


92 Kingston Crescent



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For help with your application, contact:

Liam Sandy


Date posted

05 November 2021

Pay scheme



£23.30 to £26.70 an hour



Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time

Reference number


Job locations

92 Kingston Crescent



Cosham Park Avenue



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