Practice Nurse

Redgate Medical Centre


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Job summary

What we are looking for:

The Redgate Medical Services Partnership currently provides primary care medical services from two practice locations within the town of Bridgwater, Somerset. Due to expansion an exciting opportunity has arisen for a reliable, self-motivated and enthusiastic nurse to join our friendly practice team.

As a nurse training practice we are committed to professional development and offer ongoing training opportunities and clinical support. We are happy to consider newly qualified nurses who are keen to pursue a career in Practice Nursing. .

Working alongside our Lead Nurse and team of practice nurses and HCAs you'll have the chance to gain relevant treatment room experience, or if already in primary care to expand your current skills. We would be willing to invest in the right candidate to train in chronic disease management, once established in the role.

Main duties of the job

Duties Include

  • Working autonomously
  • carrying out physical examinations, investigatory procedures
  • providing advice about contraception and fitting contraceptive devices
  • wound management
  • giving advice, education and information about health conditions and ailments, stopping smoking and losing weight
  • taking patient samples, swabs and specimens, and checking pulses, temperatures and blood pressures
  • administering immunisations, vaccinations (for example for influenza) and infant injections
  • running well woman and man clinics and clinics for specific ailments such as diabetes and asthma
  • liaising with other health care professionals, practice nurses, GPs and/or hospitals
  • writing records and keeping patients notes up to date Key Skills We are Looking For
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Excellent teamwork skills
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Well organised
  • Ability to take initiative
  • Resilience
  • Critical thinking and decision making

About us

Our expanding practice currently has 11,000 patients, and is at the forefront of new care models and network working. We have a strong ethos on continuous learning and offer great training opportunities and clinical support to all members of the team.

The successful candidate will benefit from working within an enthusiastic multi-disciplinary practice team which includes, GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, long term condition nurses trained to degree/diploma level, health coaches and health care assistants.

We have forged close working links with the University of Plymouth and regularly host student nurses.

As a nurse within our practice nurse team, you will be responsible for helping to deliver a high quality nursing service to our patients.

We try to offer a holistic approach to our patients so they feel cared for and for us the right candidate will be able to bring a real passion and empathy to the role.

Job description

Job responsibilities


Post Title: General Practice Nurse

Hours: Full Time/Part Time (hours negotiable)

Salary range: Dependent on experience/qualifications

Responsible to: Lead Nurse

Accountable to: Practice Manager

Summary of Post

The post holder is responsible for the delivery of general practice nursing services care to the practice population. Supported by senior nurses within the practice, they will deliver care within the boundaries of their role, focusing upon supporting patients to be healthy, monitoring of long-term conditions, health prevention and screening activities. They will work collaboratively with the general practice team to meet the needs of patients, supporting the delivery of policy and procedures, and providing nurse leadership as required.

Communication & Working Relationships:

Doctors, nurses, Allied Professional Staff, ie District Nurses, Health Visitors

and Midwifes, Patients, administrative staff, other health professionals, Health& Social Care

Key Responsibilities


Assess, plan, develop, implement and evaluate programmes to promote health and well-being, and prevent adverse effects on health and well-being

Implement and evaluate individual treatment plans for patients with a known long-term condition

Identify, and manage as appropriate, treatment plans for patients at risk of developing a long-term condition

Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including initiation of effective emergency care

Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that encourage patients to live healthily, and apply principles of self-care

Deliver opportunistic health promotion using opportunities such as new-patient medicals

Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side effects and interactions

Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote patients to live healthily, and encourage principles of self-care

Assess and care for patients presenting with uncomplicated wounds

Support and advise women requesting information relating to family planning needs

Support and manage health needs of women presenting for cervical cytology consultations

Recognise, assess and refer patients presenting with mental health needs in accordance with the National Framework (NSF) for Mental Health

Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes for both adults and children

Advise, support and, where appropriate, administer vaccinations for patients travelling abroad

Promote and deliver evidence-based care for patients presenting with aural conditions

Assist senior practitioners in providing minor-surgery sessions


  • Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles, to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment
  • Communicate with and support patients who are receiving bad news
  • Communicate effectively with patients and carers, recognising the need for alternative methods of communication to overcome different levels of understanding, cultural background and preferred ways of communicating
  • Utilise communication skills to support patients to adhere to prescribed treatment regimens
  • Anticipate barriers to communication and take action to improve communication
  • Estimate and maintain effective communication with individuals and groups within the practice environment external stakeholders
  • Act as an advocate when representing the patients and colleagues viewpoints to others

Delivering a quality service

  • Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
  • Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultation, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
  • Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality
  • Deliver care according to the NSF and the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines and evidence-based care
  • Assess effectiveness of care delivery through self and peer review, benchmarking and formal evaluation
  • Participate in the maintenance of quality governance systems and processes across the organisation and its activities
  • Utilise the audit cycle as a means of evaluating the quality of the work of self and the team, implementing improvements where required
  • In partnership with other clinical teams, collaborate on improving the quality of health care, responding to local and national policies and initiatives as appropriate
  • Evaluate the patients response to health care provision and the effectiveness of care
  • Support and participate in shared learning across the practice and wider organisation
  • Participate in the management, review and identify learning from patient complaints, clinical incidents and near-miss events utilising a structured framework (eg root-cause analysis)
  • Participate in the performance monitoring review of the team, providing feedback as appropriate
  • Understand and apply legal policy that supports the identification of vulnerable and abused children and adults, being aware of statutory child/vulnerable adult health procedure and local guidance

Work within policies relating to domestic violence, vulnerable adults, substance abuse and addictive behaviour, and refer as appropriate

Team Working

  • Understand own role and scope in the organisation and identify how this may develop over time
  • Work as an effective and responsible team member, supporting others and exploring the mechanisms to develop new ways of working
  • Delegate clearly and appropriately, adopting the principles of safe practice and assessment of competence of those taking on delegated duties
  • Ensure clear understanding and utilisation of referral mechanisms within the practice
  • Accept delegation from other nurses, prioritise own workload and ensure effective time-management strategies are embedded in own practice
  • Work effectively with others to clearly define values, direction and policies impacting upon care delivery Participate in team activities that create opportunities to improve patient care

Participate in and support local projects as agreed with the practice management team

Management of Risk

  • Manage and assess risk within the areas of responsibility, ensuring adequate measures are in place to protect staff and patients
  • Monitor work areas and practices to ensure they are safe and free from hazards and conform to health, safety and security legislation, policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Ensure safe storage, rotation and disposal of vaccines and drugs is undertaken. Where appropriate, oversee the monitoring, stock control and documentation of controlled drug usage according to legal requirements
  • Undertake mandatory and statutory training
  • Apply infection control measures within the practice according to local and national guidelines
  • Apply policies that reduce environmental health risks, are culturally sensitive and increase access to health care for all

Utilising Information

  • Use technology as an aid to management in planning, implementation and monitoring, presenting and communicating information
  • Review and process data using accurate Read codes about patients in order to ensure easy and accurate retrieval for monitoring and audit processes
  • Manage information searches using the internet and local library databases, for example, the retrieval of relevant information for patients on their condition

Understand own and others responsibility to the individual organisation regarding the Freedom of Information Act

Learning and Development

Disseminate learning and information gained to other team members in order to share good practice and inform others about current and future developments

Assess own learning needs and undertake learning as appropriate

Make effective use of learning opportunities within and outside the workplace, evaluating their effectiveness and feeding back relevant information

Provide an educational role to patients, carers, families and colleagues in an environment that facilitates learning

Equality and Diversity

Identify patterns of discrimination, take action to overcome this, and promote diversity and quality of opportunity

Enable others to promote equality and diversity in a non-discriminatory culture

Support people who need assistance in exercising their rights

Monitor and evaluate adherence to local chaperoning policies

Act as a role model in good practice relating to equality and diversity

Accept the rights of individuals to choose their care providers, participate in care and refuse care. Assist patients from marginalised groups to access quality care

Mandatory Training Requirements

  • Corporate Induction
  • Fire Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Resuscitation/Defibrillation/Anaphylaxis
  • Manual Handling
  • Confidentiality
  • Complaints Procedure

Employees must take reasonable care, and be aware of the responsibilities placed on them under the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) and to ensure that agreed safety procedures are carried out to maintain a safe environment for employees, patients and visitors.


Person Specification



  • Registered nurse


  • Post graduate diploma or degree (Primary Care)



  • Experience of infection prevention and control measures


  • Experience of working in a primary care environment
  • Experience of working as a practice nurse or community nurse
  • Experience of chronic disease management

Clinical Knowledge and Skills


  • Venepuncture
  • Chaperone procedure
  • Understanding 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 understand when to refer to GPs
  • Understanding of infection prevention and control measures
  • Understand the requirement for PGDs and associated policy
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral)
  • Strong IT skills
  • Clear, polite telephone manner
  • 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/management policy and procedure


  • Travel medicine
  • Diabetesmanagement
  • CHD/Hypertension management
  • Respiratory disease management
  • Spirometry
  • Immunisations (routine, childhood and travel)
  • Womens health (cervical cytology, contraception, etc.)
  • Knowledge of public health issues in the local area
  • Awareness of issues within the wider health arena
  • Knowledge of health promotion strategies
  • EMIS user skills
  • Experience with audit and able to lead audit programmes
  • Experience with clinical risk management

Personal Qualities


  • Polite and confident
  • Flexible and co-operative
  • Motivated
  • Problem solver with the ability to process information accurately and effectively, interpreting data as required
  • High levels of integrity and loyalty
  • Sensitive and empathetic in distressing situations
  • Ability to work under pressure/in stressful situations
  • Effectively able to communicate and understand the needs of the patient
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Effectively utilises resources
  • Punctual and committed to supporting the team effort

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

Redgate Medical Centre


Westonzoyland Road




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For help with your application, contact:

Alison Williams


Date posted

17 June 2021

Pay scheme






Working pattern

Full-time, Part-time, Job share

Reference number


Job locations

Westonzoyland Road




Taunton Road




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